1. What made you decide to become an LNA?
I originally became a caregiver (LNA) my senior year in high school. I liked helping people – then I took care of my dad when he was dying and as hard as it was I knew I was good at my job.
2. What does professionalism mean to you?
Having all the skills needed to do the job, in nursing. It means to me – having the knowledge and ability to do my job, the compassion and skills to handle medical and personal care, as well as privacy and dignity.
3. What does preparation mean to you in regards to your workday?
Always having the mental state to focus on my job, the tools I will need to do my job successfully, and planning ahead to be on time or early.
5. How are you meeting the needs of others as an LNA?
Supporting family and loved ones, and caring for the resident on a mental and physical level.
6. Professionalism: How do you take responsibility for yourself?
Attitude: Always maintaining a professional and positive attitude
Mood: Not allowing my mood to affect my job.
Motivation: Motivated to help others
Job knowledge: Using all of my knowledge and skills to do my job to the best of my abilities and knowing my limits.
Compassion: Showing compassion to my patient and their loved ones at all times and understanding there may be difficult moments
7. Preparation: How do you reduce risk to yourself and your client?
Always be prepared, alert, and having tools for my job.
8. What does proper attire mean to you?
Not looking like a sloppy mess, look clean, organized, proper, and prepared.
10. What precautions do you take?
Precautions not to hurt myself or the client and to protect us both from any spread of germs or bacteria.
11. What observations do you make when working?
The surroundings and safety of myself and the client, any difference in behavior or health issues with the client.
12. What does self-control mean to you?
Not getting overwhelmed in a situation of tension, mourning, or drama with coworkers, clients, or loved ones.
13. What does it mean to follow a care plan?
Following the order of care decided by family and healthcare professionals whenever possible and if not allowed to, notifying my supervisor.
14. What is proper communication?
Communicating with my entire team (supervisor, families, clients, in a professional manner).
15. How do you maintain a proper environment?
Keeping clean, organized, and safe.
16. How do you maintain meeting the basic needs of your client?
Always being prepared and knowing their care plan.
17. What does patience mean to you in the framework of caregiving?
Patience is always necessary when dealing with clients, loved ones, and as a part of a team.