1st day in CNA class and really down... - page 3

Ok, I am working on pre-reqs for ADN nursing school. I decided to get into the CNA class to get some experience and also work part time while in school. My hope is to work for a hospital for the... Read More

  1. by   CPCali
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    In 32 years I have never heard that. Anyone else?
    I know of a few schools that require CNA before you can start RN program.
  2. by   suextwo
    in response to whether or not you need CNA certification--- at the school i attend, you need it (and a good grade) as a prereq to even apply to the LPN program. is that everywhere or just around here (chicago area)?? thanks
  3. by   Ginny Weasley
    I have heard that before. Most nursing programs do require you to be a CNA first. At least for the technical schools, like the one I applied for. Anyways, don't give up. Seriously, it was only your first day. Why should anyone expect that you know how to do everything on the first day? Seriously, relax. Don't listen to what other people say about you, or worry about what they think. You aren't doing this for them.
  4. by   TiggerBelly
    Trust me we have all had those moments where the spotlight is on us and absolutely nothing right comes out of our mouths. Being as how this was your first day try to bear in mind that it is a learning process and you learn from your mistakes. Give yourself time to acclimate yourself to the nursing routine before you begin to think about jumping ship. And I think its a really good idea to become a CNA while doing your ADN program. Thats what I am doing now working in a hospital as an aide and going to school. I have learned so much and hope that I can apply all of this when I become an RN. Hang in there!
  5. by   peridotgirl
    Quote from sc0628
    Ok, I am working on pre-reqs for ADN nursing school. I decided to get into the CNA class to get some experience and also work part time while in school. My hope is to work for a hospital for the experience. Anyway, today I completely felt like a total air head b/c I thought the B/P cuff was leaking air. The instructor had to come and show me I had the knob turned the wrong way. I was just not prepared today and very distracted. When called on and the spot light was on me, I felt myself get very nervous and red in the face and shaking. My voice was shaking also. I felt stupid. I think that my instructor noticed and everyone else too.
    I didn't think I was going to get into the class b/c of the money. I have had a lot of stress going on right now from money to my grandmother being placed in ICU for the 2nd time and now facing open heart surgery. I didn't have my books b/c the store hasn't been open etc. Luckily I was not the only one and it was not a requirement for the first day. I just wonder if I am smart enough for nursing. Am I kidding myself? I think the demons from the past are showing up whispering in my ear that I am not smart enough or able to finish this. I am normally pretty outgoing and do well in large crowds, but smaller ones are hard for me. Especially when I am on unfamiliar territory. I almost thought of dropping the class. I just think stress and pms/hormones have gotten the best of me today. Am I crazy? Any advice?
    thanks,
    sc
    No, you re not crazy. You just had a bad day. Like others have said, we all have them. Just think of why you took the class in the first place. From the sounds of it, you need to calm down, possibly take the class when you're more at ease and things with the family settle down. As for getting nervous, we all get nervous when the spotlight is on us and we don't know what to say. Nursing is a very hard work and stressful at times, so you need to be focused as much as possible. Try to re-take the CNA class at a later time. Keep in mind that we're all human, we all make mistakes. That day was just not your day. Look forward to a better day tomorrow. Hope it all works out for you.
    Last edit by peridotgirl on Nov 17, '07
  6. by   need714
    hello everyone!

    i've been reading this forum for some time now and i just wanted to comment on this post because i'm at the same stage of pre-reqs and such myself. i'm actually going to register for a cna class this week for a course that starts this february.

    first thing is to the original poster that had a bad day. don't sweat the small stuff! you're in that class to learn, you're not supposed to know it before you get there! that's what you are paying the instructor for...to teach you. stay positive, and i guarantee you that if you would have openly said that you did it wrong and laughed at yourself...there would have been someone that said, "me too!" and you probably would have met a new friend. it's moments like this where you take the opportunity and turn it around to create a fun atmosphere. i promise! we are all human!!

    the second thing is there is so much being said about how every program is different and some have mandatory nursing assist cert. and some don't. i just wanted to add how mine does it. the program is based on a point system and the more points you apply with the better your chances are of getting into the nursing program. you can get points for gpa-higher the grade more points, living in a certain county that the school is in, and an extra 20 points if you have your cna license. it's not mandatory, but a good incentive. i'm going to do it, because the counselor told me that every application season they have 200 applicants and they only have room for 36. you wonder why there is a shortage?!!??!!

    sorry this is such a long 1st post!!

    need714...
  7. by   CPCali
    Quote from need714
    hello everyone!

    i've been reading this forum for some time now and i just wanted to comment on this post because i'm at the same stage of pre-reqs and such myself. i'm actually going to register for a cna class this week for a course that starts this february.

    first thing is to the original poster that had a bad day. don't sweat the small stuff! you're in that class to learn, you're not supposed to know it before you get there! that's what you are paying the instructor for...to teach you. stay positive, and i guarantee you that if you would have openly said that you did it wrong and laughed at yourself...there would have been someone that said, "me too!" and you probably would have met a new friend. it's moments like this where you take the opportunity and turn it around to create a fun atmosphere. i promise! we are all human!!

    the second thing is there is so much being said about how every program is different and some have mandatory nursing assist cert. and some don't. i just wanted to add how mine does it. the program is based on a point system and the more points you apply with the better your chances are of getting into the nursing program. you can get points for gpa-higher the grade more points, living in a certain county that the school is in, and an extra 20 points if you have your cna license. it's not mandatory, but a good incentive. i'm going to do it, because the counselor told me that every application season they have 200 applicants and they only have room for 36. you wonder why there is a shortage?!!??!!

    sorry this is such a long 1st post!!

    need714...
    one of the universities here is on a point system as well.

    i decided to go the cna route, for experience purposes.
  8. by   need714
    yeah, experience is also one of the main reasons why i'm doing it as well. i'm hoping to get into a hospital once i'm certified. i'd rather work in a hospital than a nursing home because i think that is where we'll get more experience for down the road.

    good luck with everything and i hope your grandmother is doing well!
  9. by   liberiangirl25
    Quote from sc0628
    Well, they are telling us that we do not have to have our CNA license. I can start the Vocational nursing class this summer. Do you still think I should get the CNA license?
    Thanks,
    sc
    I also signed up for a cna class today. I start LPN school in Jan. I do not mean to be rude... But if you are so willing to quit a cna class because of a bump in the road...How are you going to prevent yourself from not doing the same thing in your nursing class?
  10. by   avery157
    YOU CAN DO IT!! I have been teaching the CNA class for 9 years and there
    is no one we could not get through and pass the state test. We had one lady
    with only a 3rd grade education pass and become a licensed CNA. We had to
    do extra work (spend extra time) with her but she is now a happy employed
    CNA. Of course you may not have instructures that are patient or helpful and
    are having a bad day themselves but you will be fine. DO NOT GIVE UP!!
    It sounds like you have alot of stressful stuff going on and that would effect
    anyone. You have to decide if you can ride it out or not. I bet you can.
    There is a video of all the skills you will be working on in your class and
    the skills you need to know for your state test. You can check it out at
    avanzaedu.org GOOD LUCK. Please don't give up, we need you out there!
  11. by   SoulShine75
    Hey, do not put yourself down. Let me tell you a really stupid thing I did today....and keep in mind that I am about to graduate from an ADN program in 3 weeks....

    I walk into my patients room to REMOVE HER CATHETER...she said she went to the potty and I said "Oh good"...is there a hat (pee container) in her toilet? DER>>>>she meant #2. Obviously she din't pee cause I hadn't take her catheter out yet. DUMB! Like you, I was just distracted and had a brainfart. The more you do, the more confident you'll become.

    If I can do this, anyone can. :spin:
  12. by   jackson145
    At my school, no one is required to take a CNA course before LPN or RN. It's all covered during the first 6 weeks of Fundamentals.

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