I have been creeping around and finally decided to post!
I recently got accepted into st. john's specialty care center's cna program (LTC facility in Mars, PA) and am super excited but also sooo nervous! I have wanted to do this for soooo long...my lifelong goal is to help people and do something that matters. I used to be a manager at subway, and always knew that it wasn't the job for me...making sandwiches just doesn't fulfill me or make any difference for anyone.
The first two weeks of the class are clinicals (which takes place on 7-3) and then after that I will be shadowing for a couple weeks and go onto my shift on 3-11. Does anyone have any advice or similar situation or words of encouragement? I am so worried about the whole experience... I think just because I have wanted to do it for so long that I finallly got my chance. 3-11 is also going to be a big adjustment for me since my last job (manager at subway) was all daylight and the latest I worked was 7. I also feel worried about the "ick" factor of the job...I don't want bodily functions to deter me from my dreams...I think it will just be the initial exposure. Poop and pee really don't bother me, I just worry because any gross smell makes me gag!! That is one of my worst nightmares! So to sum it all up...
Experiences on 3 to 11 to share?
How to overcome the gag reflex and not make anyone uncomfortable?
Is the CNA class hard, going out onto the floor a big adjustment?
Anyone out there love their job (compassionate people like me)
Thanks in advance guys!! Really appreciate any comments, experiences of encouragement.
May 8, '13
I see so you are still learning while being on the floor. Yes I'd be a little nervous too with only a few days of the book learning. we took weeks of two or three days to get threw the book stuff, but hey they must be sucessful doing it this way, or they would do it differently. It sounds great, and like you said you know you have a job at the end of it all!! Hey I also would suggest maybe just a good smelling hand lotion around your nose as well if you don't want to smell like vicks. Something that helped me too if i thought that I might be starting to want to gag, I would start to clear my throat, or cough a little. That seemed to stop the need to gag.
Last edit by mvm2 on May 8, '13