What Types of People Make Good CNAs?


Everyone knows that there are a lot of different personalities in this world. Some people are patient, others are short-tempered. Some people like to work with people, and others would prefer to work alone. This blog post will take a closer look at the various types of personalities that may be a good fit for the CNA profession.


First of all, if someone isn't a "people person" then they might want to rethink the idea of becoming a CNA. Interacting with patients is a big part of a CNA's job, and there's no way around that. If you're someone who gets easily irritated with people then you might want to think about a different career. Patients that CNAs may encounter may be in bad moods because they aren't feeling well and nurses and CNAs need to be people who can shrug off bad attitudes and not take things personally. If you can't do this, then your personality might not be a good fit for nursing or nurse assisting.


Being adaptable and able to think on your feet is also something that's important for the world of nursing. Every day as a CNA can present a new challenge and someone who can think fast on their feet and adapt to different situations and the needs of patients in those situations may have a much easier time being a successful CNA compared to someone who has trouble thinking on their feet in changing environments and who has trouble adapting to new challenges. Some people prefer to do the same work every day and know what lies ahead and there's nothing wrong with that. However, someone who prefers that type of job will generally not be a good fit for a medical profession like nurse assisting or any other type of nursing. Again, that's ok because not everyone is a good fit for the same jobs, but it's a good idea to figure this out before getting into a profession and then finding out it's not a good fit at a later time.


If you are seriously considering becoming a CNA or a nurse, you should really think about what they do from day-to-day and think about whether or not you'd like that, or if you'd get sick of it after a while. If you're truly interested, you might be able to shadow a nurse or CNA for a "career day" to see what their job is really like to help you get a better idea. If you're interested in that, you may want to contact local schools and hospitals to see if they offer a career spotlight program like that for people who are interested in a particular field.