[font="comic sans ms"]to my amazement i had a great time. my clinical instructor is really nice and best of all the staff are more than helpful. i am at a rehabilitation center. my floor is a diverse group of patients. there are spinal cord injuries, taumatic brain injuries, ms, strokes, a women who choked on a piece of meat and was without oxygen, and more.... i was very suprised to learn that all of the bed side care is done by the cna's. i mean all- catheterizations, peg feedings, trach suctioning, digital stimulation to name a few. the techs are specially trained for all of the skills. no other hospitals around here allow for this type of care by cna's. as far as the nurses go all i have seen them do is give meds, chart and take midstream cath ua and that is all. (probably didn't call that by the right term) i have been following a cna, she is more more than happy to have the help. she lets me observe the skills and then walks me through them. she is so awsome. i did a peg feeding, dig stim, lift transfer on pt who has a severe tbi, bladder scan, and a few bed baths. i forgot, vitals on her patients. (i couldn't, for the life of me, hear the blood pressure on two of the patients, any tricks or does it come with practice?)
i can't believe in such a short time i was able to practice so many skills. i am still kind of shocked at so much the cna's do. they are so very skilled and more than happy to teach.