I just wanted some other advice from CNAs or nurses that might be the same way, and understand what I'm going through. See, I like to think that I'm relatively "book-smart." As is, I read a lot, study a lot, and pick things up really fast when it's in a strictly theoretical, book + paper form. It's when it comes to doing the actual real-life, physical, skill portion of things that I come across a problem. Basically, I'm a person that is book-smart but awkward when it comes to the real world; a stereotypical "nerd, geek, etc." if you will. When I started my CNA job, I was so slow and awkward. I felt like the worst CNA EVER at first because it took me forever just doing the basic things like turning, cleaning, changing, etc. and I remember feeling really horrible and sick to my stomach when it was my 2nd day by myself and it was 11pm and I was STILL getting residents cleaned up and changed for bed. People were literally SCREAMING at me and words cannot describe how horrible I felt, at being so slow and awkward and trying so hard yet not being able to measure up to the standards of my job.
Now, the last day I worked, I was actually getting better and faster at things. I was getting better at the actual physical skills, though I was still a bit slow, and I was able to get my residents cleaned up and changed, everything taken care of, etc. on time. But I still feel bad that it took me THAT long (about 2 1/2 weeks) to get competent at things.
I ended up quitting the job afterward, for unrelated things, and might come back but I'm not sure. Now, here's my question: WHAT do I do to get better and faster at the actual physical, real-world part of the job?? I desperately want to be good and fast at the job, but it's hard on me. I just wanted to ask, any of you that struggled at first but became good and competent after a while, what you did and how it eventually came to you. Thanks.