Interviews

Gail Ritchie , Certified Nurse Aide

Great Advice from Gail R., CNA

I have been a licensed CNA since 1998. It is the best thing I've ever done. I've worked agencies, hospitals, rehab, and LTCF. I've been at my current job since 2001. Along the way I have learned so much. At the end of my shift I know I've done a good job. My advice to new CNAS:

1) There are REASONS for why things are/aren't done.

2) ASK me ANYTHING! If you are unsure of anything, just ASK.

3) Listen. I was you.

4) Respect your Charge nurses. They are in charge, not you.

5) The grass is not always greener. Sometimes it turns into mud.

6)You are dealing with people's lives. Physically and emotionally.

7) I try to remember: if I were that person and you tell me when to get up, when to eat, what to wear, when to go to bed, I'm liable to to tell YOU something.

8) Try to picture: if it were your loved one , give them the same care and respect.

9) I always hear from patients: "I hate to bother you..." I am there for YOU.

10) Fellow CNAS: you find out soon enough if you like the job. If you don't, please leave. This is not "a job." It's what you chose to do.

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