Updated: Sep 9, 2022
Certified Nursing Assistants help patients with daily activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, retirement communities, home healthcare agencies, and more; a CNA plays a significant part in the healthcare team. Providing healthcare for someone as a CNA is a rewarding career path for those who desire such intimate roles. The big question here is who should become a CNA? We believe the answers can be found in someone with the following character traits.
1. A Heart of Compassion
Having a heart of compassion, a love for people, and the desire to help others, is a must for Certified Nursing Assistants. You must be able to listen to patients’ concerns and ask questions to determine their needs because CNAs are usually a patient’s primary caregivers. As a result of direct access to the patient, a CNA is given the opportunity to develop personal relationships with patients and make a lasting impact on their daily lives.
2. Compassion and Empathy
Showing compassion and placing yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand their thoughts and feelings is vital to the success of your career. The definition of compassion, according to Merriam-Webster, is sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Neither are qualities that cannot be taught while attending a nursing program; they are needed as they help CNAs emotionally connect with and support their patients and their families when in distress.
CNAs are responsible for providing constant comfort and care and work with sick patients who may be agitated and challenging due to their medical issues. In some cases, elderly patients may be irritable, confused, fearful, aggressive, or skeptical of their environment and the people wanting to assist them. Patience allows you to provide care and support without worsening the situation.
4. Great Communication Skills
As a CNA, you will have to communicate effectively with doctors, nurses, caseworkers, families, patients, and other healthcare team members daily. Having the capacity and ability to listen well, give clear and precise instructions, and offer support is essential. The ability to provide exact details while caring for your patient and communicating with the team and the patient’s family will be necessary. Practical written communication skills are also essential for CNAs, who must share clear and understandable notes when reporting and documenting details about a patient’s health and wellness.
5. Attention to Detail
Certified Nursing Assistants work with patient data, charts, forms, etc., containing information about a patient’s health and wellness that a CNA must accurately understand, explain, and document. Therefore, attention to detail is a skill they must have. A CNA must also pay close attention to nonverbal cues given by the patient and notice physical, mental, or emotional changes in a patient. Seeing minor details about a patient’s health can save lives.
If you’re looking for a fulfilling healthcare career and feel you have the qualities listed above, our certified nursing assistant (CNA) program could be a good fit. We have the programs you need that can assist you in working in the healthcare field.
What are the next steps?
Schedule a Tour at Nurse Resource Training Center LLC
Complete an Enrollment Application
Sign up for a course. Use Code "CNA200" for $200.00 off.
Evening Course (6 Weeks)
Weekend Course (10 Weeks)
Graduate (Go You!)
Start your new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant!
When is the next course?
Nursing Assistant Evening Classes
Evening Session 2022
6-Week Evening Session
Evening Session 3
July 11 - August 21
Evening Session 4
August 29 - October 7
Evening Session 5
October 17 - December 4
Evening Classroom/Skills Lab and Clinical Schedule
This is a 6-week program.
Monday – Thursday/ (Occasional Friday): Classroom/ Lab: 4:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Monday – Friday: Clinical: 4:00 pm-10:30 pm
Nursing Assistant Weekend Classes
Weekend Session 2022
10-Week Weekend Session
Weekend Session 2
July 9 - September 4
Weekend Session 3
September 17 - November 12
Weekend Classroom/Skills Lab and Clinical Schedule
This is a 10-week program.
Saturday and Sunday (Occasional Friday): Classroom/ Lab: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday (Occasional Friday): Clinical: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Nurse Sharena Beard, MSN, RN
Founder of Nurse Resource Training Center LLC