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Life as a CNA, LPN, HHA
As a CNA, LPN, HHA, each day on the job will bring new challenges. Working as a CNA and other health care positions usually entails working twelve hour shifts, although some nurses work eight hour shifts. Each shift will have different responsibilities, but many tasks will be the same. If you are considering becoming a CNA or HHA/LPN, the following information will give you an idea of what a typical day is like in an acute care setting.
When you arrive at work, you will begin your day by receiving your assignment and a pass on giving you information about the patients you will be working with. You may get this information directly from another Certified Nursing Assistant, or you may be part of the overall nursing report.
Once you have received your pass on, your first job will be to take and record vital signs on patients and assist with serving either breakfast or dinner. You will need to document all vital signs, and in many cases, you will need to record how much and what a patient ate at meal time. Depending on where you work, you may record vital signs directly into the patient’s chart, or you may just write them down for the nurse to review and add to the chart. You will probably record the intake and output of fluids by the patient, and record that information on a chart that is kept in the room. While serving meals, you will often be responsible for ensuring the patient gets correct meal items including special diets.
Nursing Jobs 101
Nursing can be a very rewarding career, both personally and professionally, but it can be hard for new nurses to get started in the profession. Understanding the requirements of a nursing resume, and knowing when to use a CV instead, can be difficult. The medical field has different needs and different requirements for its employees, and it is important for new nurses to be prepared for these challenges.
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Career Advice and Placement
If you're not happy in your current job, who said you have to continue with it?
It's your life and you can choose at any time to divert down a different career path.
The key, however, is to make the change seamlessly without disrupting your lifestyle too much.
Keep the following tips in mind as you embark on your journey toward a brand new career.
When in a tough economy, it is best to hold onto the job you have until you have a new one.
If you absolutely hate your current job, let the exciting thoughts of your upcoming opportunities
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