For anyone who is deciding on becoming a CNA.. PLEASE do not go into a CNA class with a horrible attitude especially during clinicals. We have a girl in our class right now, she is 8 months pregnant so our instructor takes pity on her and she gets away with literally doing NOTHING in clinicals. Not only that, but she has a HORRIBLE attitude, not with everyone mind you, just with me and this girl I have become close with in class and we're normally very quiet and easy going people.
This all started when we visited a facility to do whirlpools for most of the morning. The pregnant one had to use the bathroom so I figured I would follow her as I had to use it too and didn't know where it was. Immediately she spun around and says "Are you going to follow me in there!?!" I kindly said, "No, I was following because I didn't know where the bathroom was." Then she just rolled her eyes and went in. Then when it was time to give baths, guess what she was doing the ENTIRE time? Sitting in a chair pulling stray hairs out of her head (She does this in class all day too.) then gets mad when our instructor says, "Can you come over here and wash his hair?" She has said other rude comments to me as well and undermines me in class when the instructor isn't around.
It came down to me and my friend having to report her yesterday. She was originally in the Alzheimer unit helping up there because they can do things for themselves they just need to be reminded. Well she got lonely up there so she wanted to be down in the Gardens with us (I don't know why cause she acts like she hates doing ANYTHING). So, she was in the shower room helping my friend and another girl with a patient. The patient was a ceiling lift and needed to be toileted. This patient was totally with it, and she has a specific routine, she will tell you what she needs, how to do it, when to do it, etc.
Anyways, So the pregnant girl was in the room with my friend and another girl from class and continuously rolled her eyes the whole time she was in there IN FRONT OF THE PATIENT mind you. My friend was putting the lift pad on the patient and needed help, she kindly asked the pregnant girl to come help her, and the pregnant one threw her hands on her hips, threw her head back and screams, "I don't know what you're asking me to do!!" then rolls her eyes and sighs and begins acting like a teenager. My friend then said no more, got someone from the hall to come help and (this is the funny part) the patient turns to the pregnant girl and says "Didn't they teach you how to use a lift in class?" Next thing my friend knew the pregnant girl had left the room.
She wasn't going to report her until I talked to her at lunch about having a problem with this certain girl when we were waiting for our instructor to join us in the Lounge for a class session. This Alzheimer patient wandered in, looked at the pregnant girl and said "What's your name?" So she looks at me and says, "He's talking to you." She totally ignored him and I said, "He's looking straight at you, you can't see him?" So the patient walked back out and she says in a smart ass voice "What's the matter, you afraid of the little old man?" Then said something else when I said a comment about something the instructor was talking about during our session but I wont get into that. So we decided the best thing to do was report her actions because it was really getting out of hand. We reported her after lunch and our instructor told her she was in the wrong. So she runs back to the girl who was in there with her and told her she suspected we had reported her cause she saw us talking to our instructor in the hallway. So this girl that was in the room when it all happened (She's all buddy buddy with the pregnant girl) went back to my friend and said "Did you say something to the instructor about what happened?" My friend said "No we were talking about something totally different with her." So the instructor comes back to my friend and tells her, "Well I talked to her, she looked like she was about to cry." So my friend shrugged and said "Well she shouldn't act like that in front of a patient."
After we were done for the day, my instructor went in to talk to the patient who was involved and luckily the patient was on our side, and told my teacher about the whole issue so maybe she'll keep a close eye on this one girl from now on.
Long story short. If you are looking to go into this business, please do not go in with an immature attitude. Not only is it rude to your fellow CNA's but it's demeaning and rude to the patients and you will not get far with a sour face.
Some people are just that
immature and it's a mixture of infuriating and comical.
I wish I could tell you that your classmate will certainly fail and never get a chance to work as an aide...
But, sadly, I cannot tell a lie.
I have actually worked with people like this (though only at the worst facility ever
... this place would've hired a dog-turd if it had arms... not kidding).
Report. Report. Report.
Advocate for the residents.
Continue to take the higher road when interacting with her.
Take a moment to chuckle about her ridiculous behavior when you can.
Hygiene (who is now suffering PTSD from your post
Last edit by Hygiene Queen on Dec 13, '13
: Reason: Spacing