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First night of training at very first CNA job. NERVOUS.

  1. 1 I got hired at a skilled nursing facility/Alzheimer's unit/Nursing home. I'm in a float pool going to all three of those departments, from what I understand.

    I'm being trained today on the 3-11 shift so that I can pick it up if I want to. I'm being trained Mon, Tuesday and Thursday on the 6 AM to 1:30 PM shift, which will be my main shift.

    Any tips for me on my first day of training? My heart feels like it's going to jump out of my chest here.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. Visit  Orange Tree profile page
    #1 1
    Just stay busy and be helpful (should be easy enough) . Ask questions about anything you're unsure of.

    My first nursing clinical was in an Alzheimer's unit. I managed to get a "bedrest" patient out of bed, dress him in his roommate's clothes and take him to the dining room. He had been lying in his roommate's bed and had no ID, so I thought he was the roommate. Opps! I also assisted a visitor in finding his way to the elevator. He turned out to be a patient trying to escape. Sooooo, don't do those things!
    Last edit by Orange Tree on Jan 26, '13
  4. Visit  esand profile page
    #2 0
    Awesome advice, thank you.

    Also, my scrubs are huge on me, mainly the pants. I'm an extra small chick with a very small chest, so is this acceptable? I'll post a picture.

  5. Visit  RJay25 profile page
    #3 1
    Personally I think your scrubs are fine you dont want anything snug you need to be able to move around freely.
  6. Visit  Orange Tree profile page
    #4 0
    Yep, you've got to be able to move! Scrub pants can rip wide open if they're too small.
  7. Visit  esand profile page
    #5 1
    Rip wide open? Oi, I don't want that. I was advised to replace the shirt with an extra small, but keep the pants.

    First night went absolutely awesome. I learned a ton and really got my hands dirty, both figuratively and literally. ;p Tomorrow I'll be on the 1st shift, which kind of sucks because I really bonded with the 2nd shift STNAs and we work very well together. They were extremely short so I worked more than I was trained, because she didn't have the time to be training me. That was cool with me, I prefer to learn the hard way.
  8. Visit  Orange Tree profile page
    #6 0
    Congratulations! I'm glad you had a good night.