I just recently started my clinicals (every Saturday from 7am-3:30pm) in my CNA program at one of the best nursing homes in my area. Everyone who works there is extremely nice and helpful but, the problem is it's a really REALLY boring floor.
The floor is mostly LTC but, they are starting to change it over to rehab so some of those people are slowly coming in. Most of the residents have some form of dementia but other than that nothing interesting. No tube feeds, ostomies, catheters or IVs so we can't practice working around or cleaning any of that. The most someone has is a nasal cannula for oxygen.
Our day pretty much consists of changing briefs, toileting and giving complete or partial bed baths depending on how feisty that particular resident is and assisting with breakfast and lunch. Other than that 80% of the time the residents are just hanging out in their wheelchairs near the nurses station or cruising around the halls. I usually go into every room and ask if they need fresh water (they usually do) and do odds and ends like water their plants or adjust their blinds but they really never need anything.
I'm not the only one that thinks this either and my instructor was also surprised at how quiet the floor was. She believes it's because it's on a Saturday and since management isn't around it's more lax. Some of us asked her if we could switch but unfortunately she said we're stuck.
Now I know some of you are probably reading this and wish you could work on such a relaxed floor and think I should be thankful but I just feel that I'm being gypped in a sense. Clinicals are the time and place to try out everything you're learning and I don't feel I'm getting that. Has anyone here ever had a clinical experience like this? Any advice to make it more interesting?