archerychick69 763 Views
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I got hired before i even finished my cna classes by a nursing home and a home health agency. In North Carolina you can begin work as long as you are within 90 days of completeing your state boards.
You need excellent people skills good shoes for speed and a STRONG stomach!!!!! Doing some weight lifting probably wouldnt hurt either! Everywhere ive worked, you better expect to clock in at work and hit the floor running!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! be prepared for every bodily fliud you can imagine! And to learn the art of calming down those who cant be calmed down! go ahead and prepare yourself to get bitten, scrached, kicked, punched, spit on, and body slamed! Its just gonna happen! And if you work in the Emergency room like me... be prepared to see some AMAZING injuries! CNA's are a rare tough breed of people! Not everyone can do it! And even if you become a nurse... you never get away from doing cna work! Plus those RNs and LPNs have it even harder! CNAs look to them for guidance so you better be a leader! The entire job is helping people. If you have no sympathy for them, then you wont last in any medical career! When youve got the patient who is screaming and you just want them to hush.. you have to keep in mind they are scared! How would you feel if everyone was telling you that you were loosing your mind? I would be sad and feel alone! Its small talk that keeps some people happy. Sometimes you just have to be understanding and know how to make that small talk!
What is a CMA?
Im in North Carolina and here you must be a CNA to work in home health unless you just sit with people and provide no real care. Some home health aides only stay long enough to give a bath, sit for an hour etc... Doing that is difficult! You never know what kind of situation youre walking into! I had one guy who had no clean clothes... no warm water... and no soap! I did what i could with dish soap because thats what his daughter said to use... but i had to freeze him cause the hot water heater was broken! then he went back in the same dirty clothes!...................... Then you have the aides who stay all day!!!! I did that too! Some peoples houses are SOOOO nasty! I even walked in on a snake in an old womans bathroom! And people expect you to clean! Remember.. you are NOT their maid! Light cleaning is a must! Its part of the job but DEEEEEEEEPPPPPP cleaning goes a little too far somethimes! Like the people who watch you clean and fuss over every detail! Like how Ive had to clean the toilet TEN TIMES IN ONE DAY!!!! Everyone you take care of is diffrent. When they get in the nursing home or the hospital they kinda have to follow our rules but when they are at home youre on THEIR terms! Its like a balancing act trying to take care of them... be nice and professional and not **** them off! My advice.. skip the home Health.. Skip the nursing homes.. Go for the hospital and STAY THERE!!! TRUST ME!!!
i dont know anything about your state but here in North Carolina... i work in a hospital.. they cant do that kind of training in a hospital. you must go back to college. but honestly... i've been a cna for years and i can tell you... go for phlebotomy!!!!!!
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