CNA’s offer a variety of tasks. These would include wound care, therapy, medical equipment safety audit, disease management and patient education. They can also be assigned to look after the handicapped and the elderly. This makes them to be offering personalized care to those they are attending to which should be done 24 hours a day. In addition to healthcare skills, those providing nursing care have to posses some unique qualities of personality and spirit. A resident nurse might have to visit several homes in a single day and provide them with full personalized care. A number of skills are fundamental for this kind of a nurse aide.
One of them is being a good communicator. Since the nurse acts as the link between the patient, family members and the hospital, ability of listening and speaking effectively is of significant importance. The CNA should be able to employ the communication skills to make sure their relationship with the patient is good for the patient to help in turn by collaborating. Just like any other nurse he/she must be compassionate with the patient. This will include empathizing for the pain and suffering as well as making the experience as positive as possible.
A certified nursing assistant will need solid ethics to guide their personal and professional behavior. This entails commitment to humanitarian services, which goes in hand with concern for dignity of the patient. On daily basses, resident nurses are faced with significant choices that demand critical thinking for making the right decision. Furthermore they are part of those involved in policy-making, which requires critical thinking to fruitfully advance healthcare for the society. Despite being a resident nurse, the smallest mistake you may make might result to a tragedy, and therefore, stern attention to details must be observed.
Nurse assistants must be confident with their skills and knowledge to be able to provide best possible care. Being a resident nurse one should be able to work effectively with minimum supervision. Self-doubts have proven to be dangerous when a critical situation faces a nurse. One should also be flexible with ability to adapt in different atmospheres too. Just like doctors, nurses are often forced by circumstances to work for long hours or operate on fluctuating schedules and coping with this becomes vital in such situations. Physical, emotional, and mental strength are demanded in this profession.
Healthcare in general being a dynamic field, to stay current, dedicated nurses are advised to participate in nursing professional organizations and further their education if possible.