Totally screwed up in my clinical - page 2

by ZombieMomma 3,989 Views | 13 Comments

So I just finished up a CNA course and I had three clinical days. I was working in a nursing home and I helped a lady go back to her room and she said that she needed to go to the restroom before she got back into bed. Simple... Read More


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    Quote from TurtleCat
    Jesus Christ, I can't imagine having a fall where the resident had breaks + fractures and died a few days later... If the CNA was anything like me, they'd feel overwhelming shame and guilt that would stay with them for a lifetime. That's why it's SO important to take into account basic precautions and safety measures, no matter how busy or overworked you are, no matter how understaffed the place is... the #1 priority is ALWAYS the resident's basic safety. You never know what could happen if a resident has a bad fall... 9 times out of 10, they might be ok and it's not THAT big a deal, but it only takes that one time for things to go seriously wrong and them to break a bone or crack their head open, and die. I think it's good advice to always ask for help when you need it. Other, more experienced staff are always more aware of a resident's needs and can provide help + support when you need it, especially when you are brand new to the field and struggling. At my nursing home job, it was hard asking for help sometimes because everyone would be so busy and the CNAs were often very rude to me as a newcomer. But it's better to suck it up and ask for that essential help, rather than try and do things on your own and a resident get seriously hurt as a result.
    I could not agree with turtlecat more. I had an assignment in LTC once as a float CNA with almost all of them needing a hoyer lift to transfer. No one would help me, so I told the LVN in charge and said either someone helps me transfer these people or they get bed baths and stay in bed. She ended up helping me and I was never assigned to that side again. I know the regular CNA was using the hoyer lift by herself. Not me. Never. Be careful about stuff like the other people have posted when you become a CNA.
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    Quote from i_love_patient_care
    I could not agree with turtlecat more. I had an assignment in LTC once as a float CNA with almost all of them needing a hoyer lift to transfer. No one would help me, so I told the LVN in charge and said either someone helps me transfer these people or they get bed baths and stay in bed. She ended up helping me and I was never assigned to that side again. I know the regular CNA was using the hoyer lift by herself. Not me. Never. Be careful about stuff like the other people have posted when you become a CNA.
    I would NEVER hoist a patient alone. EVER.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    OP. relax, this to shall pass. as a charge nurse, when i have students i always ask their instructor what level of care they are capable of. then i give the student report on the resident, if they are alert etc, or if they THINK they are alert, which is sometimes the case. I always prefer that they ask, if they are unsure about something rather than thinking that they know everything, we all learn something everyday, and sometimes, the most valuable things we learn are from the mistakes we made. A wise man once said that if you are not making mistakes, then you are doing NOTHING.
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    wow! this sounds so familiar! I had a "thing" happen my first day of clinicals too. My first day, the morning was going around and getting familiar with where everything was. then practicing blood pressures with a partner. After lunch the teacher said..'ok, go find something to do'!! I was like, ummmmm, what? what to do? i dont know? so after wandering around lost for 15 minutes I asked her for a suggestion. She said 'help with transferring and toileting'. ok! so, i went to the lunch hall and found someone to take back to her room. we got there and shes begging me to let her go to the bathroom..she had a lap restraint on so I asked the cna if its ok and he was like yea, just help her to to the bathroom. My mind was in a fog by now, this was my first time helping someone toilet, she needed help, so I helped. there was no one else there. then she was begging to get into bed...easy enough...i helped her into bed. placed the fall mat, placed bed in low position, call bell within reach. I was overwhelmed, terrified, buuutttttt, helped and succeeded. Sooo...I venture back down to where my class and teacher were and told about my experience. My teacher looked at me..pointed her finger in my face and said "you ever do anything like that again and your written up!!!". Shoot! I forgot about the college rule! NO TRANSFERS WITHOUT INSTRUCTOR OR FACILITY EMPLOYEE PRESENT!!!!! omg, not only had I just seriously screwed up, but my teacher outed me in front of facility employees and class peers. It was the lowest moment. I also left and cried for a couple hours. not knowing if this was right for me. I messed up the first day, but then went on to be the class best student during clinicals. We're new, we make mistakes, were human. We pick ourselves up and move on. Maybe not everyone has this happen in the beginning, but, like us, alot do (i hope..lol)
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