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 wage. I suppose that this pales in comparison to the pain I'm feeling inside right now as my own mother has excommunicated me.
Let me say that the experience that I gained while in class, though fascinating, will prove to be useless and I'm out almost a grand for failed training, equipment, and books.
I was always under the impression that the capacity of a student was to learn a trade under the direct supervision of an instructor or a full-fledged CNA, but I was wrong. I know now that by being alive in the same room as an elderly person that I should consider the resident in imminent jeopardy. No matter what I did (or tried to undo), my instructor would write me up and say that I put the person at risk of serious injury.
Rather than try to fight it, I'm just going to have to try to man up and get another dead end job. Maybe I'll be able to fallback on my bachelor's in mass communications or the certification in pharmacy tech.
For those of you who are thinking of nursing in any capacity especially CNA there's some things to be aware of:
1. You will
be in contact with bodily fluids including urine and feces
2. Incompetence in any form will not be tolerated
3. During clinical experiences you may or may not be directly supervised
4. The end of your painful experience will yield you an even more stressful job
5. Anyone can fail out
Sorry to be such a downer. It's kinda hard to stay optimistic after a major failure. My advice is not meant to discourage anyone who wishes to be a CNA. I urge those who are interested in being a CNA to do research before you begin taking classes.
(this is the website for the government's bureau of labor statistics website. If you search under cna it will give you a brief description of what to expect from a career path, avg salary, etc)
CNA upgrades to LPN upgrades to RN
Good luck to all the successful CNAs out there and those who decide to become CNAs.
Maybe you could share with us what you got written up for, and we can help you to go through what went wrong and how you can learn from it?
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
Nov 30, '12
@KatieP86: The instructor deemed me a hazard three times. I would rather leave the work to trained professionals so that I don't end up hurting anyone.
@anoetos: Thank you for your words of wisdom. I'll have to look into alternatives that you suggested when or if I should make another go for the nursing field.
@funtimes: Dropping a grand on a failed course is a bit of a hard pill to swallow. The money I can overlook, but the excommunication is a little more tricky. As my instructor used to say 'No easy answers'. No crying intended.
Nursing is a great profession that allows those that succeed to have a vast amount of opportunities while serving as an essential role in the healthcare system. To better prepare future prospective candidates I believe it's only fair that they be aware of all the bad and the good associated with the field.
From the perspective of a student coming off of the street with no prior medical patient related training, CNA training programs can be a shock to the system.
For instance, BM, urine, and blood is not everyone's cup of tea. It still has to be done. The frequency may vary depending on which direction you go.
to add to my original post:
6. Training scrubs will not be a perfect fit
7. communication with residence may be difficult
Last edit by failedcna2012 on Nov 30, '12
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Nov 30, '12
Did you find that being a CNA was not what you expected? Were you suprised by the points that you have listed?
How would we know how long before your mom will speak to you again? We don't know her at all.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Nov 30, '12
Dec 3, '12
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
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