Well this is from a girl's perspective, but...
I took a CNA class as a prep for nursing school
and I'm still currently working VERY part time as a CNA just to keep up the skills. My first clinical day as a CNA - I was shocked!!! This was in a LTC facility. It's a great facility and I love working there now, but when I first saw what EXACTLY they wanted me to do, I was like.....uhhhh...maybe I should rethink this whole thing
For most of my clinicals my CNA that I followed pretty much figured out I was very intimidated and she did most things and just let me watch and assist. Well I took a job at the same LTC facility and they put me on the floor without orientation at all because they figured that I had CNA training there so I SHOULD be good to go...uhuh..
I had 8 complete care residents, all lifts and most couldn't coherently speak. I didn't know who needed what or when or anything and by the end of my first shift I was on the verge of tears - I hadn't taken a break or sat down in 8 hours and I was completely overwhelmed. I was seriously thinking of telling the lady who hired me that this wasn't for me, but as I was walking to my car at the end of my shift another CNA I was working with told me it will get better and easier soon. So I kept with it and I've now been a CNA for 7 months and trust me - it gets MUCH easier. Most the time I even have time to take my breaks
, I know my residents and their needs now, and I feel competent in what I'm doing and what I'm talking about.
Trust me - you can do it.