tigerlogic 4,008 Views
Joined Apr 13, '12.
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Get your CNA and get working with people. I'm doing nursing as a second career and have always been a very academic person--however, CNA training is really different and really useful. Doing healthcare is emotional and getting used to that, while still being able to prioritize, is something I'm glad I did as a CNA. Also, healthcare is a very imperfect system and we never have as much time/resources/physical stamina/help etc. getting used to that sooner rather than later is good. There were people in my CNA class who were plenty smart and super caring but weren't good CNAs because they couldn't say no, end conversations, or deal effectively with time constraints. Those same factors affect nurses too and are different skills than getting straight As.
As for school--go to office hours, flash cards, think big picture and all the prices will come together easier. SLEEP! And good luck!!
Arguably, most of the diseases these days are caused by "lifestyle." If you start judging people by choices, there's very few places you could work without judgement interfering with care -- Peds Ocology? Being non-judgmental is critical for this career.
I'm a float CNA at a hospital now and starting nursing school in the Fall and of course floating is totally overwhelming-- but you're there, doing it, right now. So regardless of whether its a good idea or bad idea, you are there doing it right now. It seems to be a bit of a trend in my current hospital and I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes more common to have fewer specialty positions in the future. Right now, if census is low they sometimes close whole wings to try to cut the budget. That means those people either have to take their PTO or float--without float training.
It sounds like you're doing well and are aware of all the things you don't know yet. Keep asking questions and take good notes when you get report to pass that on.
Embrace it. Rock it.
And good luck!!
The creepiest was a woman whose been sitting in a bit of a daze looks up at me and says, with all the seriousness of a fortune teller "you won't be here in a week" Luckily, I survived. Also, when ever she'd get really stressed and combative the best thing to do was sing "you are my sunshine" and then she'd calm down
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