Had my first CNA clinical day. I read here so much, so I've been a bit open minded and willing to embrace all challenges. Our instructor has been saying up to this point that the residents will absolutely love us, and they are always so excited to see the students come through. She painted a picture of sunshine and roses, and I bought it.
It was not sunshine and roses. It was quite honestly a very hard day. One day on the floor and I can tell you for sure, I do not have it in me to do LTC. They most definitely were not happy to see us. We got cussed at. We got told to go away. We had 3 people who didn't care either way that we were there, but the rest of the residents were angry, frustrated, and just generally not wanting to be bothered.
Frankly, I don't blame them for feeling that way. It's a hard situation that I'm sure most didn't choose to be in. I don't say all of this to complain, but more to say this is so hard. For those of you who are in LTC and handling the abuse, the mood swings, and other less dignified challenges day to day, I solute you. I don't know how you do it, but there is a world of people who depend on you who thank you for your strength and dedication.
Hoping for a better day tomorrow. And as hard as the day was for a first clinical experience ever, I'm thankful it didn't start with, "Be prepared to do postmortem care this afternoon," as two of my classmates were warned.