2nd day of clinicals and the whole class is

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    wondering what in the heck is going on...

    We were all looking forward to going in and putting in some work. We were nervous, but still looking forward to it! We went in yesterday and the staff member leading the orientation was just so nasty and rude that one of my classmates was about to walk out. We convinced her to stay. Today was complete chaos. If you ask this woman a question she gives you a smart-behind answer, like we have been working there for months. We have only been there ONE day, and we were watching a video the whole time.

    Then she ignored this little lady that was outside moaning at the bathroom door. Then finally, she said to another woman, "so-in-so, does this 'black' lady out here have to go to the bathroom?" We all looked at each other like....WOWWWWW.....

    I dunno....

    I'm just feeling a little discouraged and disgusted.
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    Unfortunately there are people out there like that..you'll just have to deal with that. There are really great nursing homes out there though, but it just sounds like you are at a bad one. Just do your best & if you need help, don't be afraid to ask your instructor.
    Getreal2011 likes this.
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    I'm haven't gotten to my clinicals in class yet, but what I would do, is just bite your tongue until you get through your clinical days.. Then when you get your license steer clear of that facility.
    Getreal2011 and UnbreakableOne like this.
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    Best thing I can say is once you get paired with a CNA, do do do and ask ask ask. On the 2nd day of my clinicals we were running call lights in student pairs to assist with anything we were comfortable doing. Final day we were soloing stuff. The CNA's we worked with were EXCELLENT, but i heard a few had bad day. All that I dealt with were more than helpful with questions. Had a patient on day 2 that didn't want me to help her get showered. OK.. her choice. So I hung out in the room with the CNA's we were helping while another student did the shower, and I chatted with the CNA's. The ONE THING I completely forgot about was asking about care plan sheets.

    But thru it all, we made our impact. We had patients complementing us, a few asking for us by name, and such. Even got attached to a few. Even had one fellow student hang around on the final day for an extra 3 hours just chatting with one patient. LOL. Its hard not to get attached. Another group from my school had a resident pass on during one of their clinical days, just hours after we had left. You never know what will happen till the day is over.

    And if all else fails, its just clinicals. Hope you don't have to go thru it for too many days.
    Last edit by parumph on Feb 10, '11
    Getreal2011 likes this.
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    I just ended my training course/clinicals this week...when my class first started at the LTCF, the employees were rude to us and very short with us. By the end of our clinicals, once we had sort of "proven" ourselves that we wanted to learn, wanted to be helpful, etc...the majority of the employees were much friendlier, and even were encouraging a few of us to apply at that facility. Maybe if you just give them some time they will warm up to you? Just do your best and try to take it in stride if they seem impatient. You are just learning, so you will need to ask questions to learn the correct way!

    As for the racist comment, some people are just plain ignorant. Only deal with this person as much as you have to on a professional level...That would have angered me as well.

    Good luck! Hope it turns out to be a great experience for you!!!
    Getreal2011 likes this.
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    Thank you everyone!! Turns out that one classmate informed our instructor of several racist comments as well as some ill treatment that occurred towards a resident. Our instructor was very, very upset and said, that yesterday should have never happened the way it did.

    Honestly, most of the CNAs and staff have been nothing but nice. It was just that one woman. She was just horrible and shouldn't be taking care of anyone. Two classmates said, she yanked a man so hard up in bed they gasped and couldn't believe what they were seeing!

    Today, was sooooo much better. There is actually one little lady I will probably miss a lil'.
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    Theres no excuse for treating students like that, If a CNA acts like that to students, it doesnt bode well for how they treat residents. Of course its also a two way street, if a student acts like a know it all or has an attitude problem, staff will probably respond in kind. If I encounter a student, I basically treat them the same way I would treat any other guest or residents family.
    Getreal2011 likes this.
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    I would discuss this with the instructor and the class. If this is how the Nurse is treating people with witnesses how is she acting everywhere else. This could be an ombudsman call...
    Getreal2011 likes this.
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    Sad part is, she was one of the nurses there not a CNA. The other sad part is, it was our first day and we had just arrived. We had not even been there an hour yet.
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    Sad part is, she was one of the nurses there not a CNA. The other sad part is, it was our first day and we had just arrived. We had not even been there an hour yet.

    Quote from northernguy
    Theres no excuse for treating students like that, If a CNA acts like that to students, it doesnt bode well for how they treat residents. Of course its also a two way street, if a student acts like a know it all or has an attitude problem, staff will probably respond in kind. If I encounter a student, I basically treat them the same way I would treat any other guest or residents family.


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