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Don’t Overlook These Tips: When it Comes to Shoes, Every CNA Should Be Aware of These Tips!


As a certified nursing assistant, you’ll spend much of your shift on your feet. Consequently, the shoes you’re wearing can make or break your day, so choose wisely. Opting for inappropriate or ill-fitting footwear can lead to short-and long-term injuries that can make doing rounds seriously uncomfortable.

Follow these five tips to ensure your work shoes are up to the job:

Invest in Quality Shoes

Even if you have a passion for shoes, you might consider cheapening out on work footwear — but don’t. The price tag on generic shoes is great, but that’s about it. Many bargain-rate shoes are poorly made, so they’re not able to provide the support needed when standing on your feet all day. You’ll be kicking yourself a few hours into your shift for taking the shoddy route.

Choose Safety First

The last thing you want is to join the ranks of sick and injured patients you’re supposed to be helping, because of improper footwear. The floors of hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and nursing homes can be slick, so prepare for any situation by wearing non-skid soles. Work shoes are made for function, not fashion.

Follow the Rules

Pay close attention to your employers’ rules regarding footwear. Guidelines were put in place for a reason, so violating them could jeopardize your safety and that of those around you. Additionally, your manager will notice and require you to replace your shoes with an acceptable style, so save yourself some cash and get it right the first time.

Break Them in Before Use

New shoes don’t have a reputation for being instantly comfortable. Before debuting them at work, wear them around the house for a few days to adjust. Even seemingly comfortable shoes are typically a little stiff when you take them out of the box.

Opt for Full Foot Coverage

Your employer might allow you to wear breathable footwear — i.e., Crocs — but that’s not the best choice. Due to the nature of the job, you’ll be coming in contact with patients’ bodily fluids that could end up on your feet if they’re not properly protected.

Searching for a fulfilling certified nursing assistant job? Contact a career counseling expert at Medicalpros Recruiting + Staffing. We have the industry experience and market intelligence needed to help you find the perfect match for your skills and interests.


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