Hi, megandanielle1997! Checking back to see how you and this thread are doing. Missingyou added a great suggestion. I read the resident care plans
and look at the relevant section in Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice 14th ed
. It's one of my texts for this fall and it really connects the medical diagnosis to the symptoms and signs and what nurses and CNAs do to take care of these. Amazon
has some inexpensive used copies and since you're thinking about a career in nursing it may be worth the money and time to you to check that text (or another book on nursing diagnosis) out.
The class I took for CNA training was good about simulating the experience of people who need our care. That really moves knowledge from your head into your heart. Try functioning at home for a day wearing glasses with Vaseline smeared on the lenses, thick gloves and earplugs. For added challenge, try immobilizing your dominant hand in a brace. Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to receive pericare from the people in the grocery line. I'm just as much a stranger to a resident the first time we meet. These exercises gave me so much respect for my residents!
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