When it comes to supporting newly hired CNAs there are several things that are essential to success; however, none is more important than making sure CNAs have the proper support and guidance from their direct supervisors.
Facilitating is no easy task, you’re not only responsible for securing productive participation from all the individuals in the room, but also for guiding those individuals with different personalities and work styles to a common outcome.
My approach to the role is all about discovery – essentially spending a lot of time with experts in the field, talking with CNAs, researching best-practices, and digging in on what problems or issues exist in the market.
Even though Straightaway provides an online curriculum, we are, at heart, educators ourselves. As educators, we know that a blended learning approach – one that combines the best of instructor-led sessions with digital learning – is hands down the best way to learn.
It may not always be self-evident that a company like Straightaway exists to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, but when you think about it, helping CNAs become better caregivers is the ultimate way to help residents at long-term care facilities have measurably improved lives.
We will examine what millennials want when it comes to their personal development. What do they need to stay put? With unemployment at historic lows and tightening demographics around retiring boomers, this generation of employees has more choices than ever in where they choose to spend their working lives.
I’ve had the opportunity to observe many CNA students in my role here at Straightaway, including our own Seth Coley, who went through CNA training in North Carolina. I’ve learned a lot from my CNA peers and I’ve especially gained some clarity around the challenges they face both in and out of school.
Many roles fall under the “Administrator” umbrella. From quarterbacking the daily operations of a skilled nursing facility to managing budgets and reports, working with residents and their family members, and reacting to staff shortages, this job comes with a lot of responsibility.
Welcome back! This is the second in our series on addressing what your CNAs value at work. Last time we covered what your CNAs look for in your organization and this time we will drill deeper and examine their thoughts on supervisors.