I have been a CNA since July, and I have only worked part-time and volunteer. All of my clients have been ambulatory and well, conscious! The person who I work with on a volunteer basis is bedridden but fully alert and a joy to work for. I only work with her for 3-4 hrs a week, total care, but such a sweetheart.
Unfortunately, she had a stroke the other day and the RN's who work for the volunteer agency have informed me that it is just a matter of time until she passes on. My client is on 24hr watch now and I have volunteered my regular time tomorrow (3 hrs.).
I hate to admit it, but I am afraid.
I know it is all about comfort for the person, making sure the airway is clear, providing perineal care if necessary....but I am so afraid of doing something wrong. Crying like a baby will be the least of it.
Has anyone out there gone through this? Any advice/story will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all so very much for the advice. From the bottom of my heart.
Last edit by Jessicainsantafe on Oct 19, '12