I just started my first CNA job. There were 3 other new CNAs starting today. Today was my fourth day of orientation. I overheard some of the other CNAs jokingly placing bets on how long "that girl" will last and which new girl would stay past orientation. I wanted to prove them wrong, so I didn't quit today like I wanted to. But that is not a good reason to keep a job (is it?).
It's not that I dislike the job or the residents, I just feel like everything is so unorganized yet if I do something wrong, 3 people will be there to pounce on me. I dread going to work.
So what do I do? I am overwhelmed.
Sounds like the employees might be a little stressed by the disorganization. Is there a lot of newer employees and open spots? Lack of employees also lowers moral something horrible. There was a point at my job where at least two people a week were getting fired or quitting and originally we only had about 30 CNAs on staff! When you're understaffed and management expects you to pick up the slack while they try to hire new staff which takes forever for them to do you can get a bit jaded. This is especially so when all the new people quit right away because they pick up on the low moral.
It sounds like you're in a good place though if you're getting excellent advice and offers to help from your co-workers. Hang in there for a couple of months. Being a CNA is naturally overwhelming and it takes awhile for that feeling to go away.
Oh! And a quick note on the confidence. Be confident, but don't act like a know-it-all. When I work with a resident I haven't worked with before I'll tell them straight out. "I haven't done this with you before, so if there is a way that works better for you, let me know!"
Last edit by casi on Mar 18, '07