Quote from MommaTy
I was never thrown with a CNA, I was given a patient and was told to go. You learn everything you need to in class. At least my class I did, they were great, I guess more teachers are leaving CNAs to teach student CNAs then. And If you listened, I said I wouldn't mind showing someone a couple times, but if I had to keep showing it over and over then there is a problem.
That sounds a lot better and more thorough and organized than the way my class did it. When I took my CNA class, it was almost all textbook instruction with little skill practice; we watched videos on the skills and had a few hours where we practiced vital signs and bed-making, and that was the extent of it. As a result, I felt pretty unprepared when I entered the nursing home. I feel that was a mistake on the instructor's part to not emphasize skills more because, while the textbook instruction is important, think about what you're going to use the most in the real world -- the physical skills, right? And yet, the instructor was all "OH LOL, DON'T WORRY, YOU'LL LEARN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO WHEN YOU GET TO THE NURSING HOME" as far as learning the skills went.
Also, when we did our clinicals, we were just thrown together with a CNA and watched them as they did their work, helping out here and there, mostly with the low liability stuff like feeding and wheeling residents to the dining room. I ended up not getting much hands on practice as I would've liked during my clinicals due to the fact that the CNAs were so rushed all the time, letting me do cares on a resident would have slowed them down -- which is understandable, I would have probably done the same in their case. Giving a student one resident to practice on all day sounds like a much better scenario than what was done in my clinicals, for both the student and the CNAs -- the student gets more hands-on experience and the CNA doesn't have to deal with the stress of having to teach and train a student on top of their already heavy workload.
Sorry if I seemed reactionary, I just had some CNAs be really mean to me for being slow and awkward when I first started out which is why I guess I'm a bit sensitive.