I wanted to start off with saying that I'm very happy to have found this forum. It is very informative and I know there is much to be found here. I also have a lot of respect for the people in this line of work and look forward to starting my new job next week. What that being said...
I got my first CNA job less than a week ago after having been out of class for two months and being umemployed for a year. I moved to Florida from Missouri and previously worked in fast food. I was interviewed and within about 2 minutes of the start of the interview, I knew I had the job. The person interviewing me said that she was impressed that I had recognized the quality of care their facility provides after doing some research online. Obviously, I do care about the quality of care I will provide.
Anyway, the facility has what appears to be a low turnover rate for CNAs and my interviewer told me that she rarely hires inexperienced CNAs but was impressed by me. I have two days of orientation next week and then 30 (yes, thirty) days of training.
I just have this nagging feeling in my head that I am going to be fired for not being a fast learner (I personally emphasize doing things slowly and correctly instead of quickly). I know most people do not function this way but I am not most people. I'm just scared to death of being fired because of my slow learning ability. The fact of being umemployed for a year and the fact that the job market is horrible does not ease my tension either.
Is there anything I can tell myself or do on the job that will ease this feeling? This appears to be a good facility and looks to be a positive experience and I don't want to blow it.
P.S...I apologize for this being so long. Thank you for your input.
Aug 24, '09
Thank you very much for making me feel a bit better. Some of my fear regarding being fired comes from working for two days at a job in another field and not being put on the schedule for following weeks (basically being fired, just indirectly) due to the fact that apparently I was supposed to know how to know the in and outs of this job with two days of training with people that spoke little English. (BTW, I am not trying to be offensive to anyone with that prior statement. I am just being honest about what happened.) I even told the employer in that situation that I do not learn things quickly. I'm just sick of being unemployed and what to put my CNA training to use. I consider myself lucky that I will be working at a highly-rated facility and look forward to my first day on the job.
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Wonder how the OP ever made out.
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