In this article, we will be going through a day in the life of working at a NY hospital. Because all jobs at a hospital are different, we have decided to focus on the life of a CNA. Ask anyone who works in a hospital, and you will find out that no two days are exactly alike, but this is a general outline of what a day in the life of working at a NY hospital looks like.
Get Caught Up To Speed
When you come into the hospital, you will be receiving information from other healthcare professionals about what is currently going on. You will be updated on the most pressing matters at hand and current patient needs. Because you help multiple patients on your floor, this information exchange may take awhile, but that doesn’t mean the patients’ needs stop while you get caught up. Shift changes are the busiest part of the day because you will have to balance getting situated and informed with meeting pressing patient needs.
At the beginning of your shift, you will likely check vitals for each of your patients and note them in their charts. If there are any concerning changes, you will need to alert nurses or doctors so that the patient can be further evaluated. If everything looks good, you will continue making your rounds to check on the rest of your patients.
As a CNA, you are the first line of help. If a patient needs help with a task you are qualified to help with, it will be your responsibility. You will spend a lot of time helping patients go to the bathroom, cleaning patients who are incontinent, refilling drinks, and relaying messages. You will help adjust patients when they are uncomfortable or in pain and assist patients who need to walk around the floor for exercise. A CNA’s duties are plentiful and diverse, and answering buzzers will be a large part of your shift.
Make Your Rounds
Depending on what floor you work on, you will have different requirements for making rounds. In general, you will go to each of your patients every couple hours and take vital signs and/or reposition them so that they do not get bedsores. You will also make sure they are comfortable and don’t need anything while you are making your rounds.
Pass the Torch
At the end of every shift, you will be responsible for relaying any pertinent information to the person who is relieving you from duty. This insures continuity of care from shift to shift.
Working at a NY hospital is a busy job, but it is incredibly rewarding. If you would like to learn more about becoming a CNA in NY, check out our CNA program. We can help you get certified to work in a NY hospital in just a few short months!