Yesturday was my first day as an orientee, and I was assigned to a young, immature, impatient and rude cna. She did not want me to assist her or do any types of hands-on training, she just told me to watch nearly everything she did. When I watched her demonstrations, she briefed through everything and didn't explain a thing. I was asking NUMBEROUS questions about everything because I just didn't understand why she was doing this or her method of how/when it gets done. Her attitude was distant, aloof and snotty. She made ugly faces at times when I asked her about charting or how to operate a hoyer lift. She made it seem like I was slowing her down and wasting her time. She often left me when she told me to make beds, and it took me 20 MINUTES to find her in a wing she was not assigned to work in...CHATTING with a friend of hers...FOR ANOTHER 8 MINUTES, completely ignoring me and pretending like I wasn't there. Yesturday was a horrible first day as an orientee. I almost wanted to complain to the DON, but I thought that would make me look bad being a freshly new cna. When it was time to leave, I heard her tell a co-worker "You know they done hired some new cna's to snatch up all our hours."
I'm very happy that I DON'T have her assigned as a preceptor throughout the rest of my orientation. It was a horrible experience. We are all in this as a team. That was my worst nightmare come to life. Why look down your nose at me, just because you have more experience?
Im sorry you had such a bad experience. Just try to rise above it if you can. If you are unsure of a procedure, you tube has a ton of videos you can watch. Also if you need clarification on how to use a lift, take it upon yourself to ask a pta to demonstrate it for you. Good luck. <hugs>
Also, I just wanted to add that I too have had a similar experience to yours. My preceptor was horrible and would constantly disappear with no explanation. Once I even found him in the parking lot WASHING HIS CAR when we supposed to be working!
Last edit by samirish on Mar 23, '11