How to be a Good CNA

We put in a lot of effort when applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and eventually trying to ace them so that we can get the job of our dreams.

However, many of us become “laid back” once we have attained our dream job.

But if we want to be sincere to our work, we cannot afford to do this.

Any work that we strive to undertake should be done so properly.

This is especially true if we are working at a sensitive position such as that of a certified nursing assistant. A CNA needs to perform many sensitive responsibilities as her main duty is to look after people who have trouble looking after themselves.

To work at this position, one needs to be responsible by nature.

Many CNAs are not assigned just one patient within a facility – many have to look after between eight and ten patients at a time and it is important for them to possess a certain type of nature to enable them to cope.


How to be a Good CNA


So how can one be a good CNA? CNAs are hired after much deliberation as they are given a huge array of work duties to perform. A good CNA needs to be patient – handling many patients, some of them more difficult than others is certainly no joke and it is important for people working as CNAs to have a very strong head on their shoulders.

Let us see what traits a CNA needs to possess to be able to work well:


CNAs need to remain in training mode throughout their careers. While professional training may be limited, they are always learning things and this makes them more passionate about their work and instills in them the willingness to accept new ideas.

Communication Skills

A CNA needs to be very good at communicating. Since she is in constant touch with patients, understanding their needs and ensuring that they are met constantly is very important.


Medical knowledge and the ability to administer treatment are extremely important. CNAs often face difficult situations where their mettle is tested to the core so it is important for them to know what is required of them in this role.


CNAs are always on the watch – observing patients for changes in behavior or how they respond to treatment are some of the most important things that they do. To be a good CNA, one needs to possess exceptional observation skills.

Emotional Stability and Compassion

Being compassionate and emotionally stable is probably the most important thing for CNAs to be as they often handle patients who may have emotional stability issues.

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