Preparing for Your Annual CNA Job Evaluation
Annual CNA job evaluations can be quite nerve-wracking, even for the most competent CNAs. Unfortunately, all medical facilities require yearly evaluations of their staff members, and some facilities even require them more often! The good news is that if you know what your boss wants out of you, you can make your evaluation work to your advantage.
Learn What Your Boss is Looking For
First of all, if you know what your boss is looking for during an evaluation, you will know what areas you should be working to strengthen. If you have been evaluated before, you can use your prior score sheet to determine this information. But if this will be your first CNA job evaluation, the following information can help.
Punctuality and Time Management
Two important areas that your boss will examine during a job evaluation involves punctuality and your time management skills. Do you show up for work on time each day? Do you attend required staff meetings? Are you able to get your work done before the end of your shift? Ask yourself all of these questions, and if you answer no to any of them, you should work to improve these areas before your evaluation.
Another area that your supervisor will likely examine during your evaluation is whether or not you maintain professionalism on the job. Do you show up for work well-groomed and wearing clean, pressed clothing? Do you maintain a cheerful and professional attitude while working? Do you treat your patients with dignity and respect? Again, if you answer no to any of these questions, you need to work on improvement before your review.
Staff members working in healthcare facilities must be able to work together as a team. As such, your boss will evaluate your abilities in this all-important area. Do you help your coworkers when necessary? Do you ask for help when you are unable to accomplish something on your own? Do you follow instructions and respect your supervisors? The answers to all of these questions should be yes.
Similar to effective coworker interaction, to be a successful CNA, you need to have good communication skills. What this means is that you must be able to communicate well with your supervisors, coworkers and patients. Do you understand the instructions given to you by your bosses? Are you able to get along with your coworkers? Can you communicate with your patients? You must be able to answer yes to all of these questions.
Stress Management Skills
CNA job positions can be very stressful at times requiring excellent stress management skills. You cannot, under any circumstances, lose your temper. You must also be able to work under extreme amounts of pressure. Finally, working as a CNA, there will be times when you will need to interact with difficult patients. During your CNA job evaluation, your supervisor will take note of whether or not you possess such skills.