Hi. I am a CNA of ony 3 months. the medical center trained me and I work at their long term care center. I'm in the state of california. I don't know if it works exactly the same way in Texas, but I am sure it is pretty close. My duties are to take report from the nurses (you can learn a little about medication there, but we do not give ANY meds even if a nurse tells you too). then i do rounds with the CNA from the previous shift that worked the hall that I am scedualed to work. I go through and do my vital signs, then a shower, then I start getting them up for dinner (I'm just talking from a PM shift standpoint) then we take them too the diningroom and feed them, some you will have to spoon feed if you work in long term care, then we do more showers, lay them down, perineal care (cleaning of the genitals) and oral care, and dont forget to chart and do your last rounds. This is a routine schedual for me . . . It may sound easy, but it is very time consuming. Alot of times emergancies would come up too (i.e. some one had bowel movement smeared from head to toe and on the walls, and on the floor and on the bed, and on anyone else in the area. ) you must make time for things like that.
Something very important you must prepare for is post-mortum care ( taking care of the patients who have passed away.
When a person dies, often they become incontinent of bowel and bladder, and the family often wants to see then, so it would be your job to do proper peri care and just make them look presentable for the family. Its mostly a respect thing.
While they are dying, they may want you to sit with them. That is the hardest thing for me, because I really get attatched. Its a really tearful event for me when one passes on, It affects everyone differently.
Being a CNA has so far been my biggest challenge so far. I have learned alot of lifes important things on the job.
Hey, if you would like to chat with me, some one very new to this profession as well, PM me, or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
. and I have MSN messenger too, so if you have that you can add me
I would like to hear from you.