Today was day 1 of clinicals and there is so much I learned and so many things I wasn't even aware of, I feel like I've already become way more capable than I felt before, just working with mannequins and other students in the lab.
I can't possibly go over all the things that I saw, heard, felt, experienced, learned, or even taught today, but I will say that apart from the CNA who really went the extra mile to stop and explain things to three of us
as we shadowed her and were periodically in her way, the residents really made my day. I talked about MySpace and Twitter with one man, and giggled and joked with a small lady in a wheelchair who told me her nickname was "Fast On Foot". I gave a shower and received much approval from the resident in that, including many compliments on my watch and my shoes. One resident told me I was beautiful and she loved how I was caring for her. Another resident joked around with me in the shower, and told me he would teach me all I needed to know about being a CNA there, and that'd I'd do fine if I just pay attention to what the residents need. I fed a man who was a complete assistance, and counted and served food in a level 1/2 dining hall, then took up the trays and made way for housekeeping to get the room ready for Bingo.
And so much more. I really got a lot out of it, not only from the great CNA I had, but also from the residents, who were overall kind, sweet, and VERY patient with this fumbling, slow student.
We have 2 more clinical days and thought my feet are ACHING and I feel a little twinge in my back, I feel like I accomplished
something today. It feels great.