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A Positive Mindset for Nursing Assistants

The challenges faced by nursing assistants are unique. Nursing assistant candidates will have an easier time of adjusting if they prepare themselves ahead of time. Classroom, laboratory, and clinical knowledge are crucial to success, but the mental aspects involved in this profession should not be disregarded. One of the most important factors for realizing a sustained nursing assistant career is the ability to possess a mindset that is conducive to providing quality care to patients.

Most nursing assistant patients are severely ill, very old, or incapacitated in some way. This fact means that your patients may be dealing with anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-pity, and other desperate feelings. Some of your patients may be able to remain positive and sociable, but many will be noticeably somber and less social. Communication is more difficult with patients who are unresponsive or negative in their responses.

A good mindset requires that you remain calm and composed even when your patient is combative or uncooperative. The challenge is to provide exceptional care despite the behavior of your patient. Remembering that patients deserve quality care at all times will help you keep your professional composure.

Your patients are likely to be dependent on others for meeting their basic needs. This dependency can cause sadness and lowered self-esteem. The respect that you give as a nursing assistant can elevate the mood and responsiveness of your patients.

Think of your patients as esteemed individuals. Consider the wisdom that they have gained throughout their lives. Your work and care will be more satisfying if you look at things from their point of view.

Understanding and compassion are hallmarks of good nursing assistant care. Practice and develop genuine empathy as you progress in your career.

Recognize the many years and experiences that your patients have lived through. This recognition will help you monitor your responses and remain professional at all times.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Donna says:

    You better have an upbeat attitude since you should expect to do a lot of reading, and take many quizzes to test your new knowledge. You should know that 100% of your attendance is very critical to your success in any CNA program. You’re attitude should be such that you get along good with others and with taking direction. In any setting provided there is a nurse to oversee the CNA’s practice. This is very important to remember. Always, CNA’s work under the direction of a licensed nurse. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

  2. Hazel says:

    Positive energy is important for anyone who works in healthcare. Good energy helps the patients feel more relaxed which aids the healing process. Not only is laughter fun and energizing, but as Erica points out, it’s good for you! In fact, the creators of Laughter Yoga have scientifically proven one of the reasons it’s so easy to laugh when we see someone else doing it is because of our own brain chemistry. Brain cells called mirror neurons’ are activated, causing you to laugh- even if you’re not sure what’s funny!

  3. Douglas says:

    As I was driving to work one morning, I passed two of our local hospitals where several people were smoking. About half of those people were hospital staff, including a good number of nurses. The other half were visitors, patients, etc. It occurred to me that while we encourage others to make healthy lifestyle choices as part our responsibilities, we are also subject to the same temptations of smoking, overeating, alcohol and drug use. This article reminded me that students and healthcare professionals need to demonstrate a good attitude and demonstrate a good example, too.

  4. Harold says:

    Many workers are likely to struggle to maintain a positive attitude at work. You try your best to be upbeat but one or more of your nursing coworkers are always trying to drag you down. A nasty comment here, some gossiping there, and before you know it, you are roped into an all-out complaint session! A positive outlook in nursing can be really achieved. We should be grateful for our blessings and keep our minds upbeat and positive. Easier said than done; right?

  5. Jennifer says:

    I think that change can lead to improved quality of life when people adopt healthier lifestyle choices. Patients often grant nurses the opportunity to influence their choices, and when we approach subjects such as smoking cessation, healthy eating or exercise in the right way, nurses can make a difference in people’s lives. Patient teaching is such an important role for nurses and nurse aides. Yet changing behavior is a very complex process and requires more than sharing of information.

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