Hi.....I am a new nurse.....I passed my NCLEX 2 weeks ago. Until I went to nursing school
, I have never been a CNA, or worked in health care otherwise. I am currently working in LTC(85 beds), and have been a CNA there for 5 months B4 I passed NCLEX. My problem is that as soon as I passed boards, they gave me 4 days training on the med cart, and I am now on my own. I dont feel like this was enough training for a new nurse. I asked the ADON why I couldnt get more training and she said because our census was low, and we were over budget.(they cant afford to have 3 nurses on the night shift). Due to this, they have cut us back to 2 cna's, and 2 nurses. So this means that the other nurse and myself have to do CNA work on 2 halls. I dont have a problem doing the CNA part, but I am new.....slow....scared......and I check and double check q thing. After doing my med pass...charting....doing labs.....all the other paper work, and CNA work.... then its time for the next med pass, and I feel like I dont have time to check on my pts like I should be. Everyone says that I will get faster, and understand things more, and I will get used to it. Yes......one day I know I will, but until I can I think I need more training.....or cut back on the # of pts that I am responsible for. I have friends who work at the hospital, and have been a CNA for 6+ years, and the hospital gives them 6 wks training....which I think is wonderful. I am wondering is it like this in q LTC facility?? Is this normal/fair?? Please give me your input................Thanks!!!!