I've been working on being a CNA since last fall. I stupidly took a six-week course where the instructor did nothing but babysat and continuously avoided our questions while telling us everything was in the book (which sucks I might add). I'm taking a course which will be a couple of months and it's a little better, but some of my frustrations about the previous class seem to appear here as well.
The biggest hurdle, the one I've never completely been comfortable with, is bedmaking. It should be so easy and natural given that people do it everyday, but CNA's in training are given this "ritzy hotel" version of how to make a bed (complete with how to fold, hem away from patient and all kinds of extra things). As I've tried to tell the instructor of the previous class and the current class I'm in, I need to get extra time to get more comfortable.
Yesterday I was given the chance to work with a partner and get some time in the lab to work on beds. Suddenly the partner I was assigned didn't want to do it and the person who usually lets people into the labs had to leave early. There are evening classes that I could stay for, but I don't usually like the way the neighborhood looks at the end of the night (ghetto central).
I explained to the teacher how this puts me at a dilemma. I get an answer about learning on my own and not having an attitude. I explained to her that my attitude is due to the fact that I am trying to learn how to do this so that you don't have to look over my shoulder all the time.
I have a full-size bed and a queen sized bed in my parents house I can use to practice, is there a place online where I can purchase sheets similar to the ones hospitals use (I know some are the same such as the fitted and flat sheets, but it always helps to get that simulation).
Once I get comfortable with this aspect, everything else should be gravy. Hopefully I don't sound whiny as I know everyone goes through this kind of headache getting help in this particular part of the medical industry.