Officially beginning my path in Health Care!

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    hello,

    my first day of cna "school" starts on monday . . . i can't believe it, i've been running around getting the required "stuff" for the past few months . . . my financial aide just came through and i bought my first scrubs yesterday. i am so excited. any advice for the class . . . anything i should keep in mind for when i actually start working?
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    Congrats! I am beginning my path as well very soon. I hope you do well in your classes, and pass your State Boards. GOOD LUCK!
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    One thing that I can say is the class will teach you everything "by the book".. when you get out there and start working as a CNA, you will see that is hardly the case. There is NO WAY you could possibly do everything by the book for 16 total care residents in an 8 hour shift.. it just doesn't happen.
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    Congrats!

    And yeah, that's the big thing. Learn well in class for your test, but don't be shocked and appalled when you go to do your clinicals and the aides are rushing around, maybe dropping a dirty linen on the floor here and there, etc. You'll soon understand.
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    I am so excited to start and so happy for you as well. I start today and I couldn't be more nervous (and terrified). I just hope that we can both do well and come out as CNAs. Lol. Good Luck to you.
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    Congratulations and good luck in joining the world of CNA's!! I am a fairly new CNA and one of the posts about learning by the book and finding it different in the real world is SO true! You'll do great and you'll learn a lot in class. If you learn what's in the text book and practice your skills, you'll have no problem passing your state exam. I did learn one thing recently......working in a LTC facility was not for me. I became a CNA not for the paycheck but because I have a heart full of compassion and wanted to care for the elderly physically, emotionally.....every aspect. The facility I worked at was chaos! We had anywhere from 12 to 16 residents in an 8 hour shift and it was rush, rush. I've moved on to home health care where I can give one on one care and give everything I have to give to someone who is in the final chapter of their life. So really search your heart and you'll find your niche after you graduate and get your license.

    Again, congratulations!!! Best wishes!
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    Congratulations, and remember to study, study, study for the course and state exams!
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    EV1987, you said to study, study and that's what I plan to do but I keep hearing and reading that it's all common sense blah blah blah. I am stressing because it's going to be so much reading. I like to read, take notes, and make sure that I understand by constantly quizzing myself. It's time consuming already but am I doing too much or do you think those who said it was super easy are just different types of learners? I would like to learn things by the book and I want to be the best CNA I can be and be well rounded so I don't want to just learn what's going to be on the state exam or whatever. I want to KNOW in the ins and outs of my job even if I won't need it.
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    EV1987, you said to study, study and that's what I plan to do but I keep hearing and reading that it's all common sense blah blah blah. I am stressing because it's going to be so much reading. I like to read, take notes, and make sure that I understand by constantly quizzing myself. It's time consuming already but am I doing too much or do you think those who said it was super easy are just different types of learners? I would like to learn things by the book and I want to be the best CNA I can be and be well rounded so I don't want to just learn what's going to be on the state exam or whatever. I want to KNOW in the ins and outs of my job even if I won't need it.
    Everybody has their own way of learning. Many steps to the cna skills are not basic common sense. You need to practice, train and study those skills. As a cna, you should know the resident's/patient's/client's rights. You should know HIPAA violations, and you should know basic nursing terminology abbreviations. These are reasons why nurse aide courses exist. My best advice to pass the written and skills exam is to... STUDY!
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    thank you for the advice and support . . . i'm all smiles right now. thanks for the forewarning about bracing myself for the reality of ltc as compared to classroom preparation.

    this excitement is invigorating . . . i'm so hyped about the priviledge of caring for someone else, to possibly even be there at the end of their life.

    a cna's role is so vital to these patients . . . i just don't understand how some states get away with paying so little for such a huge responsibility.
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