I just finished my second day at a retirement center. I am a new grad CNA & just got licensed a month ago. I feel like clinicals did NOT prepare me at all, despite this being an AL place. I feel so stupid and inadequate as far as having good and efficient techniques and lifting residents in a safe and good manner. I feel like I need someone to be watching me while I perform work!
Has anyone else felt this way?? What can I do?
Well if you have a 3 week orientation and you are only in your third day, I wouldnt sweat it. Three weeks is a lot longer than most orientations. Some places its a few shifts and they throw you to the wolves. Im surprised with such an extensive orientation they didnt have PT give you tips. We had to have a class with PT where they basically tested us on our transfers and worked with us if we needed it. You couldnt transfer a resident until PT signed off on you. But this was a skilled nursing facility.
As far as whether to assist a resident in transferring. As a general rule, if they can do it themselves unaided, let them do it themselves so long as its not obviously unsafe. Maybe throw a gait belt on them and have a hold on it in case they do get shakey or go down, but if you dont need to lift them, then dont. Its good exercise for em. Maybe help pull up on the gait belt a little when they first start if they got creaky knees.
The other aide might have just helped lift her because thery were in a hurry and didnt feel like waiting for them to do it themselves.
Also, If you see a PT working with residents, they are the best sources of info. So maybe ask them for some tips if they dont look too busy.
Last edit by funtimes on Sep 12, '12
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