Five qualities every Licensed Nursing Assistant should possess

Are you thinking about a career as a healthcare career? There’s never been a better time to pursue a licensed nursing assistant career. It’s a care which can be extremely satisfying, but also very challenging. The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health can prepare you for an exciting career as a licensed nursing assistant with the technical skills and industry-knowledge needed to be successful in this field.

In addition to education and training, a licensed nursing assistant also needs to possess several qualities in order to be an effective healthcare professional. Do you have these “soft skills”?

  1. By the book.
    Sometimes it’s the simplest and most basic of rules that can be ignored. However, as a licensed nursing assistant it’s not only important to follow the rules of a patient care plan, but it could be a matter of life and death. Failing to follow protocol puts the client’s health and well-being at risk and increases the potential for liability for you and the medical facility you represent.
  2. Written and oral communication. 
    Strong communication skills are vital to maintaining a cohesive work environment in a healthcare facility. A licensed nursing assistant must be able to communicate effectively with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, as well as numerous other medical professionals. It takes clear and concise communication to keep everyone informed and on the same page.
  3. Organized (time management).
    You’re not always going to have someone looking over your shoulder making sure you’re doing everything on your talk list, which makes time management and organization skills crucial. A licensed nursing assistant must be able to work independently to prioritize tasks and efficiently while maximizing one’s time.
  4. Observational skills.
    Your licensed nursing assistant duties can include observing and your patient’s day-to-day physical and mental health documenting (those communication skills come in handy here, too!). It can be important to keep a close eye on a patient and be able to report back to doctors and nurses about any changes. This is especially important for a live-in caregiver.
  5. Compassion. 
    This might be the most important quality a licensed nursing assistant can possibly have. The downside of the job is not every patient is going to have a happy ending. A nursing assistant needs to be able to successfully handle delicate situations involving grieving patients and families and be able to offer genuine empathy.

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Graduates of the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health are well prepared to achieve professional certifications and to find employment in their new careers. For more information about our Licensed Nursing Assistant program, call us today. (603) 622-8400.