Ok i have a question and im new to this website, so i dont know how to post my own question or make a thread, i don't really understand how this works yet. So here it goes, i am 18 a cna and applied for a part time position at a nursing home. I had mild ocd about germs and things like checking if my house doors are locked before going to bed several obsessive times. Thing is after getting really sick(personal) my ocd got worse, and i've gotten really afraid about being around people who have fatal and/or life threatening illnesses and/or diseases such as hiv. Being that i am afraid of catching any illnesses or diseases that are incurable i am highly concerned about working at a nursing home. I do not discriminate people with hiv but you have to be extremely precautious if you're ever in charge of taking care of one, and that's a situation i would prefer not to be in (no offense).My question is do they accept hiv positive elderly residents in long term care facilities? Also do they accept them in regular personal care facilities or is that discrimination? or if they have hiv do they have to be hospitalized instead? Because i don't want to go into the hospital scene because it gets a lot more serious. I'm just afraid. This would be my first job if i do get the offer and the pay is really good. Besides if i don't work at least 8 hours by may of 2014 my certification will expire and i will have lost all the money and time i invested to get certified. My parents are also concerned. Im just kind of in a tough spot. :/ Help please your opinion will be greatly appreciated. Also when i was at the nursing homes last year doing my clinical hours and interacting with patients, i didn't have any problems i was never afraid of catching anything from them, it's just now I'm such an ocd train wreck.
Aug 2, '13
IMO your just scared!! You didn't have these fears during clinicals because you knew it was going to end.
I check all my doors every night also, that's just fear that someone will break in when I'm sleeping.
OCD is constantly checking your doors.
I think you have more anxiety then OCD. I get it too when I start new things & at some point i have thought what if I stick myself & catch something, or harm someone. I'm sure it has crossed everyone's mind or most. But you can't think like that. That's like thinking when I get in my car I'm going to get hit by a drunk driver. It could happen but you can't live in fear, your tooo young!!
Don't worry you'll be fine!! You don't deal with sharps, just remember PPE & stay alert (I know you won't have a problem with that) once your comfortable your anxiety will go away.
Good Luck!! Keep us posted.
Last edit by Meeh619 on Aug 2, '13