CNA Concerns

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    I am about to start a CNA class. I am really worried about it. I'm scared about cleaning up bodily fluids and taking people to the bathroom. How can I get through the class without changing my mind about nursing? What has everyone else's experiences been with CNA classes? Thanks.
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    CNA to LVN to RN...That has been my path. I too did not like the idea of cleaning up human waste matter during my first few weeks as a CNA. Then I became an LVN, Then I became an RN and always done my own patient care. being disgusted with the "clean up" work is only natural at the beginning. Give some time and you will get use to it. Always practice universal precautions and you will be fine.


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    If cleaning up patients bothers you so much why did you choose to be a CNA? I am just curious..I started out as a cna now i am an LPN..getting my RN and cleaning up pts has never bothered me.
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    Your worries are natural. Once you get the hand (hehehe), of peri care you'll do fine. Knowing the pt feels great after being cleaned makes the job easier. Remember, treat them like they were your family and you'll do good.
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    I am about to start a CNA class. I am really worried about it. I'm scared about cleaning up bodily fluids and taking people to the bathroom. How can I get through the class without changing my mind about nursing? What has everyone else's experiences been with CNA classes? Thanks.
    Chill out! Actually, this class will help you a great deal. If your plan is to be a nurse I would not recommend being a CNA for more than five years max. RN's change poopie diapers too, well, most, but not all. I've worked in an ICU setting primarily. Consider yourself blessed if you get a chance to work ICU med/Surg/ or Er as a tech. Believe me, you'll be just a marketable as a nurse, but without the pay and edu. Changing poopie diapers should be the least of your concerns. Working with safe staff and cosiderate RNs may be your major problems. Once you get the process of peri care, you'll see you'll be okay.

    P. Celest, PCT.


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