i will I'll try to make this post short but there is a lot to say!
Basically, I'm working as a PCT (Same responsibilities as a CNA) at an LTC. I am doing my nursing pre-reqs now and figured being a PCT would give me good patient care experience. I've been here for a month but only worked 2, 16-hour shifts by myself. I am absolutely miserable. I have the worst anxiety before and during my shifts, so much so that I shake.
It's not the work itself. I am not grossed out by wounds, poop, urine, showering them, anything like that. My problem is that I suck at this stuff! I take forever, and patients snap at me for taking so long. I've also had a few family members yell and me and tell me everything I'm doing wrong.
There is only one PCT per hall where I am, but I cannot do transfers alone. I try to, but I'm not strong enough. I'm very short and not very muscular, so the physical part of this job is really hurting me. I usually can't do anything the next day because I'm so sore.
Am I doomed to be a terrible nurse? I really love school, I do really well there and love problem solving. It's more of the physical labor that I can't stand.
Thanks for reading!
I'm late, but no you are not doomed. I hope you're doing alot better now working as a CNA. I prefer the ALF/home care setting vs hospital/nursing home. Find which work environment works best for you. Best of Luck
Hi! I agree with the other comment, I do home care because i can take my time and focus my attention on one client. When you are transferring patients make sure you raise the bed to atleast hip level or use your legs and squat so your back doesn't hurt. If they really are too heavy, CNA's should have machines that lift the resident for you, I forget what their specific name is.