Hello! I was just hired at a LTC facility as a CNA. I start this week. I'm scared. I am pre-nursing, about halfway through my prereqs and need the hours for my nursing school application. When I did my clinicals at a nursing home I remember it being one of the hardest things I have ever done. I held it together well, the residents loved me and I loved them, but it was difficult. I remember that I had to just completely remove myself (mentally) from so many tasks in order to make it through (of course, I never let on that I found it difficult/gross!) While I'm so grateful for this job and want to love it...I just have a lot of anxiety about it. Here are my obstacles:
1. The work itself, let's be honest, is super unpleasant and gross.
2. I find it really depressing to only care for old people
3. I'm extremely friendly/bubbly/talkative, but I struggle with elderly people who can't communicate/tell me what they need.
Can you guys please share with me how you deal with all of this on a daily basis? I want to love this job, I want to be awesome at it, I want to handle all the ickies...I don't want to feel like I felt that week at clinicals. Maybe you have a mantra you tell yourself or something? Anything? Haha please help me.