CNA instructor - page 2

by pkt00

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I am teaching a new CNA class. This program is new at the school where it is taking place. The issue that I'm having is that the class contains a fair amount of students that do not speak English very well ( that's me being nice... Read More


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    Quote from HippyDippyLPN
    How will they pass the written portion of the exam to become state tested?
    The exam is offered in spanish.
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    The CC where I live requires you to get a certain score on the COMPASS reading and writing test before you can even sign up for the class. I would see if you could implement something similar.
    Kooky Korky likes this.
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    It should be a requirement that they have a good understanding of the English language. How are they going to understand instructions from nurses once they start working? How are they going to communicate with patients, who can be confusing to deal with in the first place? I really can't believe this is even an issue, they should have to know English before they can take the CNA course.
    ktwlpn, kalevra, Szasz_is_Right, and 1 other like this.
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    Maybe you can post a powerpoint of the things you're going to say and key terms a couple days before the class. Make it mandatory that the students read it and then look up/e-mail you any terms they do not understand. If your program requires a textbook, make it mandatory to read the pages you're going to cover and look up unfamiliar terminology. That way the students will have their questions ready before class and hopefully you can spare 5-10 minutes before class that they can ask you these questions.

    I know it's hard, but it will make your students more marketable when they're out searching for jobs. Furthermore, it promotes safety to ensure your students can understand the procedures you're teaching and understand their clients.

    Hope that helps! Good luck and don't give up.
    kskaggs126 likes this.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    don't know what the "that's me being nice" comment is about, but its obvious you are not the right person for the job.
    With that being said, unless you specifically know the individual or have been put in a similar situation as the OP, please do not give absolutes about OP. Have you been in OP's situation and had students successfully complete the CNA certification test? If so, please advise how you did so, and be helpful to a fellow nurse who is asking for advice on how to help her students be successful.
    Thank you.
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    Quote from Melodies of Legend
    I know it's hard, but it will make your students more marketable when they're out searching for jobs. Furthermore, it promotes safety to ensure your students can understand the procedures you're teaching and understand their clients.
    This is very true! Many hospitals and medical facilities in my state (FLA) have asked me during interviews if I spoke Spanish or Creole (sadly, I do not), and have made it obvious that if I did I would be much more marketable on the job market.
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    Here in Florida, you have to pass the TABE test in order to apply to the CNA program.
    kskaggs126 likes this.
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    How dare you reply in such a negative manner. If you can't say anything nice do not say anything at all. I am already upset with myself for even replying to your ignorant comment. Smh I never knew this website was based on negativity than positive.
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    Thank you to everyone for your advice except for that one individual but anyway the students may or may not be able to take the exam in their language but if they can perfect.......BUT what will happen when they obtain employment. I have asked to set a meeting with the director to see what can be done. Once again thx for the advice and I'll keep everyone posted
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    Best of luck at your meeting, let us know what happens!


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