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The Mindset of a Good Nursing Assistant

Nursing assistants face unique challenges. Those who would like to pursue this path must prepare themselves for the tasks ahead. While the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge are important, the mental aspect must not be overlooked. One of the secrets to a long career in this field is to attain the mindset of a good nursing assistant.

Maintain Professionalism Whatever the Circumstances

Patients are usually very old, severely ill or otherwise incapacitated. Their situation can make them prone to feelings of despair, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and self-pity. Some patients are able to stay positive and friendly but many are visibly somber and quiet. It can be quite hard to talk to them and if they do respond, they may not be in their best behavior.

Nursing assistants must be able to remain calm and collected despite uncooperative conduct or hostile outbursts. Never waver in providing the very best care whatever the circumstances.

The Patient Deserves Utmost Respect

Being dependent on another person for the most basic things can be dispiriting. In this situation, self-esteem can sink to an all-time low. Nursing assistants can make things better for patients by treating them with respect and making them feel empowered.

Care for them as if they were family and remember that with old age come wisdom. They have plenty of interesting life experiences that an eager listener can learn from.

Try to See Things from the Patient’s Point of View

Compassion and understanding cannot be overemphasized when one is tasked to provide personal care. These can only be achieved fully through genuine empathy.

Figuratively speaking, nursing assistants should place themselves in the shoes of their patients and walk around in them from time to time. Perhaps what seems like irrational behavior might begin to make sense and ideas for better patient care might spring forth.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Alan says:

    I know a guy I used to go to high school with who became an X-Ray technician back in the mid 90’s. The medical field was less popular then. The demand for health care positions has exploded in this century. My friend knows a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and is now studying to become a Nurse Aide. If a war veteran is pursuing a career in this field, it must be in demand.

  2. Frederick says:

    The Certified Nursing Assistant is a key player of the health care delivery team. She is the hands on caregiver and the eyes and ears of the nurse. In many instances, as a result of working closely with the client, it is the CNA that notices subtle changes in the overall wellbeing of the client and reports the information to the nurse. I for one, appreciate the sacrifices they make, especially for the elderly.

  3. Belinda says:

    If you are currently working in this field or you have your doubts about pursuing a path as a nurse aide, or if you doubt that you might not have the patience to tolerate the not so glamorous aspects of this job, all you need to do is think about how you would want your elderly parents to be treated and cared for at the hands of a nurse aide. Then you may say to yourself that you want to make a difference in this field and for many elderly and their family.

  4. Joseph says:

    We can’t have enough CAN’s in my opinion. When she or he is good, The CNA uses universal precautions for patient and personal protection and safety. She or he is skilled in hand-washing and use of gloves when handling of patients. He or she knows proper body mechanics, especially when transferring a patient. She follows all fire, disaster and accident prevention and safety procedures. The CNA reports any accidents or incidents the patient. I know if I’m in the hospital, I want a well trained assistant to care for me when the Dr. or head Nurse delegate the CAN with the main taks.

  5. Steven says:

    Wherever there is a need for personal care, certified Nursing Assistants, or nurses aides, are there. Nursing assistants are the caregivers who, for the most part, help patients of all ages perform the most basic day-to-day tasks. But it seems to me that it takes a certain breed to be a dedicated CNA. It requires a love for people and the type of personality that doesn’t mind making sacrifices for others. It requires a person who cares.

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