Fission mailed - portrait of a failure - page 2

by failedcna2012 1,765 Views | 16 Comments

On 11/29/2012 I failed out of clinical ending my hopes of becoming a CNA in a timely manner by 2013. I think this may have been my final chance at getting out of my mom's house with a job that actually leads to a living... Read More


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    I would think that going into a CNA program most people would be aware that they would be coming in contact with BM, urine, and blood . It's a big part of the job description. Being a CNA is not for everyone and if training CNA's have an issue with coming in contact with the BM, urine, and blood then going into the medical field might not be the best carreer choice?

    Could you take the program again at a different facility? Maybe it was just the teacher and that in another program you'd be fine? I know it's costly and takes up time but if it's something you really want to do then don't give up.

    Give you mom some time to process. Maybe if you sit down with her and discuss your situation the two of you could come up with your next plan.
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    I'm sorry to hear that you failed your clinicals. I really do understand how you feel. I made it through my clinicals, although every day felt like a miracle that I made it through without quitting. I also feel like a failure because even though I made it through training and even passed the state certification test, I never got a job. I job hunted every single day and went on interviews at different hospitals but nobody would hire me due to lack of experience. ) It's been about four months since I became certified and now all I do is work for minimum wage at a gas station. My parents are also angry/disappointed and every day they remind me of my failure by telling me I need to be finding a CNA job. My mom and I also still get in to arguments about it a lot. Honestly, at this point, I don't even want to continue finding a CNA job because the only openings around the small town that I live in are in nursing homes and with home health agencies. I just look back at it as a great, eye opening, learning experience. I believe everything happens for a reason and like my CNA instructor said, "Taking a CNA training course not only makes you realize how things are in this profession but it also helps you learn a lot about yourself."
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Dec 3, '12
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    I also feel like a failure because even though I made it through training and even passed the state certification test, I never got a job. I job hunted every single day and went on interviews at different hospitals but nobody would hire me due to lack of experience. (?)
    I don't even want to continue finding a CNA job because the only openings around the small town that I live in are in nursing homes and with home health agencies.
    So you are confused because no hospitals would hire you due to lack of experience, but then refuse to gain experience by working in LTC, choosing instead to work at a gas station?

    Im not trying to be a life coach, but that makes no sense to me.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Dec 3, '12
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    Welp.....I'll tell you what makes no sense to me...why would a hospital or any place for that matter look at my resume and see that it clearly states I have no experience and that I am fresh out of the program and then go to all the trouble of setting up an interview with me like they are going to hire me and then saying "Well we are looking for someone with more experience." I did cave in and apply to LTCs and ALFs and even Home Health Agencies and they all did the same thing. I'll tell you what else makes no sense to me, the lies they tell you in the CNA program like "This is a very rewarding job" and "You will be able to find a job anywhere, lots of places need CNAs and will hire you." I took the job at the gas station while I was still job hunting for a CNA position because I couldn't find one soon enough to pay my bills. Being a CNA was never my dream anyway I was on the waiting list to get into the RN program at my school and figured the CNA program would be a great way to raise my GPA and get some hands on experience. Honestly, after going though clinicals at the nursing home we went to, I would rather work at a gas station for the same amount of pay then work at one of those places. I don't know if they are all like that but every CNA in that place hated their job and were quick to tell all of us to stay in school. Also, I personally just do not want to work in a nursing home because of reasons. I do have that freedom to choose where I work.
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    I got my job with no CNA training. I was an EMT and wanted to get into more clinical. I can't deal with the driving like a bat Outta you know where in inclement weather with a human in the back. What can be done t correct those mistakes? Would you need to start over entirely? Can you volunteer in a hospital or other facility to get your foot in the door? I'm sorry you are so upset. I would be too in your shoes.
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    Quote from FutureC.N.A
    Welp.....I'll tell you what makes no sense to me...why would a hospital or any place for that matter look at my resume and see that it clearly states I have no experience and that I am fresh out of the program and then go to all the trouble of setting up an interview with me like they are going to hire me and then saying "Well we are looking for someone with more experience." I did cave in and apply to LTCs and ALFs and even Home Health Agencies and they all did the same thing. I'll tell you what else makes no sense to me, the lies they tell you in the CNA program like "This is a very rewarding job" and "You will be able to find a job anywhere, lots of places need CNAs and will hire you." I took the job at the gas station while I was still job hunting for a CNA position because I couldn't find one soon enough to pay my bills. Being a CNA was never my dream anyway I was on the waiting list to get into the RN program at my school and figured the CNA program would be a great way to raise my GPA and get some hands on experience. Honestly, after going though clinicals at the nursing home we went to, I would rather work at a gas station for the same amount of pay then work at one of those places. I don't know if they are all like that but every CNA in that place hated their job and were quick to tell all of us to stay in school. Also, I personally just do not want to work in a nursing home because of reasons. I do have that freedom to choose where I work.
    That did also happen to me. I went as far as a 2nd interview for them not to hire me because of lack of experience. I was sooo disappointed because I really thought I had the job which I probably would have if I had the experience. Don't know why they wasted my time for a 2nd interview.

    Could you just work in a nursing home just for 6 months and then try again for a hospital. That is my plan anyway, to get some experience.
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    Quote from FutureC.N.A
    Welp.....I'll tell you what makes no sense to me...why would a hospital or any place for that matter look at my resume and see that it clearly states I have no experience and that I am fresh out of the program and then go to all the trouble of setting up an interview with me like they are going to hire me and then saying "Well we are looking for someone with more experience."...
    Plently of places will hire people fresh out of the programme. It is far easier to train somebody new to their standards than to undo all the bad habits of another place, and new grads are generally eager to learn things and do them the "right" way.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14


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