Last Monday, I started orientation at a rehab hospital that I got hired on to. Today, I am five days into training in the LTC unit I will be working on & I have to say - IT IS WAY HARDER THAN I'D EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE!!! I admit, many a times, thus far, I've wanted to throw in the towel. To just call in & tell them that I won't be coming back but I haven't because there is something
(I'm not sure what, exactly), that keeps tugging on my heartstrings, a small voice in the back of my mind, encouraging me to stick it out. I honestly believe that this voice believes that things actually might get better someday...
How will I ever remember how the residents like their cares to be done? How will I ever remember to get all of the resident's cares done & in time for them to get a warm breakfast in their bellies?
Will I ever stop irritating the residents? I really don't like to cry every day because somebody snapped at me because I didn't do something right.
Will my charge nurse ever like me?
Will I EVER be a good CNA???
My fellow CNA's & CMA's & the nurses are all being really encouraging. Letting me know that it's overwhelming for EVERYBODY at first, ESPECIALLY if you are a first-time CNA. I know that they're SAYING this but do they really MEAN it???
Help me out, Folks!
Tell me it will all be okay!
Jun 3, '07
People there do want you to succeed, couldntbhappier. New people who settle into workiing cheerfully and reliably are worth their weight in gold! They know they are lucky to have you. You'll know it too. Please post when you do.
One trick I've used when I'm not liking what's going on is just taking a deep breath and smiling in the hallway. Whether on my way in to see a resident or out to get supplies, it relaxes me and the response from everyone is great.
People snapping isn't personal. In the role of a CNA, you are sort of a shock absorber for this part of their journey in life. Some people have very bumpy stretches and whatever you can do to help is important.
I also smile every time I walk out of the door at work because I can walk out.
Please let us know how you are making out.
Last edit by Reddy,RN on Jun 3, '07
Jun 3, '07
I have been a CNA in LTC for 5 years now. When I first started out I was a bawling mess for the first few months on and off. When I came there to work alot of the patients hated me because I was so young, and so did alot of the staff for the same reason. About the snappy patients . . . assess for the ones who can help how they act, and those who can't. I'm not trying to sound like I am a mean person, because I am not. I treat my residents with respect, but after working this long . . . I have decided that I WILL NOT be a punching bag for those just trying to be rude. I will tell them, "Apparently you don't want my help. Ring your bell when you are ready to be a little more decent toward me and I will come back and help you."
And finally, sticking it out truely gains the respect and friendship of your co-workers, and even charge nurses. Its a rocky road, and its never a walk in the park, but it does get better than what you are expiriancing now.
Last edit by tattooednursie on Jun 3, '07
: Reason: bad grammar lol