Hey alliphx! Like you, I'm also in Block 1. I did take a CNA class, but I don't have anything fancy after my name (I actually failed my skills test on my CNA exam...taking it again next month). But of my class (50 students), at least half are CNA's or PCT's. Now, I do know how to do a good amount of what we're doing now because of my CNA class, but let me tell you this. It took me almost three months to master BP. I made it so much harder than it really is. And when I took my skills test, I got really nervous and bombed. Making an occupied bed terrified me. Repositioning a patient freaked me out. But yesterday in our lab day, we made an occupied bed, and I had no problem with it. We did BP, and I did it perfectly. This stuff just takes practice and CONFIDENCE. My clinical instructor in my CNA class actually singled my friend and me out one day, saying that we were intimidated. I laughed it off at the time, but after a while, I realized that I was. I didn't think I could do these things, so I acted like I couldn't. And it is hard doing this stuff in front of so many people who already know what they're doing. But you know, they had to learn it all at some point, too.
And our teachers keep repeating that you have to practice a skill 17 times before you're finally good at it.
So keep your head up! You'll learn the organization stuff...you just have to find the best organization skills for you. Some people like separate binders for each discussion (lab, theory, pharm), or some people just throw everything in one folder.
So good luck to you, and I hope this helped a little bit!
We'll be done with Block 1 before we know it!