I am finishing up my clinicals for a CNA course this week, and will have a job all lined up for me at the end if all goes well. I was pretty overwhelmed, especially because I kept trying to do everything by the book, while my preceptor was like, "...OK, so let's learn how to do this stuff in the real world
." I know some of this will just take time to learn, but in the meantime, any tips? Just anything that I should always remember to do, stuff I don't need to stress about as much, and any adaptations you made that worked well for you.
Aug 23, '12
Do not ever let the phrase "That's not my patient" become part of your ideology. Treat every patient as you would wish your mom and dad be treated. When you are tempted to take shortcuts think to yourself how you would feel if someone did this to one of your parents. You're going to have to prove yourself to the staff. It's just the way it is. You do this by planting a smile on your face and doing your job happily and willingly. Just because a nurse doesn't look like she's busy doesn't mean she isn't. Some nurses are turds. Remember you are there to provide care to patients not make friends so ignore them. If you need help...ask for it. On the flip side if somebody looks like they need help...offer it (even if they aren't nice), If more than one nurse is asking you to do something. Let them know that you'd be happy to but they need to decide who has the more pressing need. It's a really hard job with little appreciation but it's an important one. It may not seem like it but you are making a big difference in your patient's lives...even the grumbly ones.
Last edit by FlyingScot on Aug 23, '12