Because caregivers spend more time one-on-one with those in their care than either doctors or nurses, they have to be ready for anything! We asked our experienced CNA mentors which tools they can’t live without — so our new graduates know exactly what to pack for the first day of their exciting new CNA careers!
CNAs keep track of lots of information to keep their clients’ lives running smoothly. On any given day, a caregiver might need to note a schedule change, meal preferences, vital signs or even fun info like game scores. “Whenever I didn’t have one,” says NextStep mentor Kiana Martinez, “it affected the whole day!”
If you’re on your feet all day, your shoes better be up to the job. Our mentors recommend supportive footwear that’s waterproof, non-skid, breathable, comfy and not open toed. Some employers might have color requirements as well.
Safety is the top priority for CNAs. By using a gait belt, caregivers can ensure that the individual in their care moves safely from point A to point B. Because gait belts are used so frequently and are essential to the mobility of those receiving care, it’s essential for CNAs to always have one close at hand.
Remember all that writing we said CNAs will be doing? It helps to have a surface ready at hand to write on. And, if you get a clipboard with a pen holder, you won’t ever lose your writing instrument.
Just like any health care professional, CNAs need to ensure the safety of those they care for and protect themselves as well.
So where do all these tools go? In a well organized work bag! Make sure it’s tough, has enough pockets on the inside to organize all your supplies and is easily cleanable. Waterproof bags are the best because you know everything stays clean, and you can wipe down the outside if it gets dirty.
Interested in becoming a CNA and putting tools like these to work? The first step is to enroll in our Nursing Assistant training-to-placement program! Our blended-learning approach is easy and quick!