while I was a CNA student, I had one patient who was paralyzed on her left side, and had an amputated leg on her good side. She was very young too (think she was a wild child in her time). But she was so wonderful, and she loved me being there. Granted the work was really hard, but after the day was over she said "I wish you didn't have to leave, you students take such good care of us, and when your gone they don't care about us anymore." It was heart wrenching! She continued to say how sweet I was and that she enjoyed me being there!
Upon leaving for the last time, I felt like I belonged there, I was only there for 4 days, but I felt as if I were leaving some of my long time friends. Just the satisfaction of knowing that the small things you can do for a person can create such a large impact in their lives is enough reward for me.
I just hope someday, if I'm ever in a nursing home, I can have a student like me
it's a shame how these residents don't get the attention they actually need because the CNA's have so many patients to take care of and such limited time.