I have been reading a couple of threads here lately about CNAs who are discouraged, need support, or have questions about their new job (or on how to GET that first job). This saddens me, because I remember my first day, and all the stress of being a new aide. I have been on this forum since before I ever signed up for a CNA class, and it has always been very helpful to me. So now that I have almost two years experience I would like to offer as much advise and encouragement as I can. Although I don't have a ton of experience I have worked in both LTC and a few different hospital specialties.
On behalf of myself and all of the other experienced or semi-experienced aides on this forum, I want this to be a thread to answer new CNAs questions and get encouragement when they are feeling like the world (or at least the DON or all other aides and nurses) is against them.
To all the newbies, just remember that EVERY aide has been in the situation that you are in. Most of us come into this career wanting to better peoples lives. When we find out how terribly people are treated in nursing homes it breaks our hearts