"My patients look to me because of my skills, kindness, compassion, sense of humor and my ability to positively interact with all patients."
How your patients describe you will say a lot about your work ethic, empathy, and kindness at work. If you are interviewing for a position within the same facility be prepared that the interviewer may ask some of your patients their thoughts of you as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
If you were unable to get to work on time what would you do?
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We all have those mornings where nothing seems to go right and you just can't make it out of the door in time. Let the interviewer know that you will reach out to your boss to let them know that you will be a few minutes late. Let the interviewer know what type of communication that your boss prefers. Text, phone call, message with a co-worker. Ask the interviewer how they like employees to contact them if they are going to be late or out sick.
You need to move a patient but they are a little too heavy for you. What do you do?
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"If I needed assistance I would simply ask another CNA on shift. We have a great team and we are all always happy to help one another."
Because you are a rock-star Certified Nursing Assistant you know that you would never attempt to move a patient on your own. Let the interviewer know that you wouldn't attempt the risky move because you wouldn't want to hurt yourself or the patient. What you would do is go and get help. Be confident in your answer. The last thing you want to do is give the impression that you wouldn't know what to do in this situation.
Being a Certified Nursing Assistant is not for the faint of heart. A typical day consists of answering patient calls, helping patients change into clothes, collecting urine and stool samples, or changing linens and adult diapers. Working along side Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants also assist with distributing medication, performing patient assessments, obtaining vital signs, organizing medical equipment, administering sponge baths, and more. You are able to tend to all your patients needs because of your patience and compassion. Knowing that you are helping the patient makes all the tedious tasks worth it.
Associate of Science in Nursing, Trade school or technical college training is recommended to be a Certified Nursing Assistant. In some instances, Nursing Assistants are able to begin work without any formal education.
To prepare for your interview you'll need to have your list of references in your back pocket. Your references will tell the interviewer about your passion for taking care of patients, your patience and your physical and emotional strength. Be sure to have brief, appropriate stories ready for your interview. Your interviewer will want to hear how you handle patient situations and your ability to work with others.