Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are in demand right now. The data shows that these roles are growing faster than almost every other type of job, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 9% growth rate through 2028. But as you might imagine, not all CNAs are created equal, which means only the best will end up in the most rewarding positions. If you’re considering a career as a CNA, here are some of the qualities you’ll need to find the best jobs in the field.
Qualities that Make the Best CNAs
We’ve never seen a CNA without the desire to help others, so that, and your certification, will get you started in the field. But the qualities that make a great CNA over the long term also include:
1.) A desire to learn every day and continuously improve your skills. While you’ll start your career with a basic pool of knowledge, you’ll be asked to add to that as you take on new patients with varying types of illnesses.
2.) Communication is important to your CNA career at every level. You’ll need to work with a variety of clinical staff as well as patients and their families, so verbal skills are key to this job. But you’ll also need written communication skills because of the documentation required in the role.
3.) A keen sense of observation will help you learn on the job, but it will also allow your insight into how your patients are doing. Since your job is to carefully monitor patients for even small changes, your observational skills will help you stay on top of the situation, which will make you more effective at the job.
4.) Adapting to change is important because healthcare is a continuously evolving field. One of the best parts of the CNA job is that it constantly changes and evolves so that no two days are different. This level of diversity will help challenge and keep you engaged in the role because no two days are the same.
5.) Emotional stability is critical in handling the roller coaster of patient care. You must have the wherewithal to handle patients who are in pain and sick. That can make for a stressful day so you must be patient and calm. Staying steadfast when your patient’s illness is accelerating helps both you and them deal with the illness. But you must also develop a level of discipline around controlling your emotions. This includes handling the reality that sometimes your patients pass away and there’s nothing you can do but provide as much care and caring as possible.
CNAs must also have strong attention to detail and time management skills. If you’re seeking a new role, and have these qualities, AG Globe Services can help. We represent CNAs to some of the top employers in the nation. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect career fit.