From Pupil to Paid Employee: How to Get Hired Through Your CNA Placement
If you’ve been steadily working your way through a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program for the past few months or years, you’re probably ready to move on with your life and take that next big step: getting your first paid position. No doubt, you’ve been inundated with advice from well-meaning friends, family members, and faculty. In fact, now that you’re about to graduate, everyone is suddenly the one expert that holds the golden key to your professional position as a CNA. At http://cnapracticetesting.com/, we’re here to help you separate the gems from the junk and create a career.
To get hired, you must first distinguish yourself from your classmates. Remember, CNA students inundate CNA practicum sites year-round, so your site supervisor has plenty of candidates eager and ready to work.
Most likely, you’ve been working as a medical technician, caregiver, or other related professional, so you don’t really need a detailed definition of professional comportment and behavior. If you’ve been in an unrelated field or have been out of the workforce for any length of time, polishing your skills a bit at your school’s career placement office or with a trusted mentor might be worth your while. In either case, you need to be nothing short of the consummate professional. Think this is unreasonable? Think again; professionalism won’t earn you any praise, but any lack of professionalism will lead to a loss of promotion, job, or perhaps career. Professionalism is key because it puts you an equal playing field with other potential candidates by demonstrating that you have what it takes to succeed in a professional position working with other professionals.
At this stage in your training program, what you need most is to develop connections that will help you as you embark upon your career and as you become an established member of your profession. In fact, success in any healthcare field always heavily depends upon the kindness and help of senior staff.
If you’re worried that you’re taking too much time from your field instructor, mentor, or other more experienced professional, don’t be. Always remember that there was a time when they were in your shoes. They benefited from the wisdom and hard-earned life lessons of those that came before them professionally and now it’s your turn to do the same. Moreover, actively seeking and improving your skills from their advice demonstrates that you have what it takes to continually evolve into a top-notch CNA.
Mentorship is great, but don’t stop there. Now’s the time to truly ask and you shall receive. While you are placed in a job site that hires CNAs, you have the perfect opportunity to directly speak to experienced CNAs about finding and keeping your first professional CNA position. Whether it is at your practicum site or elsewhere, your field placement is a critically important to joining and remaining a vital part of the CNA profession.