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What are the most challenging aspects of Certified Nursing Assistant?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi, Kaylene W. !


Certified Nursing Assistants are truly angels and have such an important role as direct service staff. You seem to already know that it is both a fulfilling and challenging occupation and I hope I may highlight some of the challenges you are wondering about.


First and foremost, an effective CNA is a people person - they love people , are open minded and culturally and socially able to integrate comfortably with a wide range of people. Not all of your patients will be easy to work with and you will need a strong sense of self, confidence, because you will be helping individuals that have a wide range of needs and personalities. If you can empathize with people, your job will be a little smoother. Even though you may sometimes not think it, your presence in your patients lives make a difference in a good way.


Depending on which venue you work in, most of the time, CNA work is physically active with very little down time. You will be on your feet constantly . Physical strength and strong health are very important.


Another challenge is learning how to manage the "dirty" work. You can be trained very well in this and you should be prepared to encounter situations where you will be around bodily fluids. People are very grateful for the assistance . It's not a job that just anyone can do.


One aspect of CNA work is that there are usually many jobs available. The pay can be low (it depends) but you usually can always find work. You can work in a hospital, nursing home, private residence or private direct hire from a family.


I hope that this has shed light on just some of the many challenges there are in the health care field. Best wishes to you in all of your endeavors.


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Vineeth’s Answer

Certified Nursing Assistants throughout face a large responsibility in the medical industry caring for the elderly, ill and disabled. They learn to overcome and adjust to the ever changing phases of the healthcare field. However, there are some issues that can take a toll on a CNAs physical and mental health.

* Job can be demanding in more ways than one, and one of these ways is the long hour shifts which can extend to 8-12 hours as patients may need constant care
* Physically demanding work
* Difficult patients
* Juggling different responsibilities.

All of these challenges that CNAs face can take a toll both mentally and physically need to be addressed. This can lead to burnout and you may find yourself no longer with a sense of fulfillment or joy
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