Hopefully someone can offer me some helpful advice. I am starting nursing school in a few weeks and just got a job as a PCA for a quadriplegic man who needs to be transferred from his wheelchair to bed and back, plus the shower chair. When I was hired they said they usually hire more seasoned nursing students but were willing to take a chance. The girl who trained me made transferring look so easy, she didn't even get out of breath! I had my second shift yesterday where I actually worked and didn't just observe and I still can't get the lifting right!
I can do the transfer from the wheelchair to the bed since that's a little easier, I don't have to worry about positioning so much. From the bed to the shower chair was also not so bad. But, from the bed to the actual wheelchair I cannot do. The wheelchair is slightly higher than the bed, and even when I manage to get my patient on the chair I still don't do it right and his wife, who is a former nurse, ends up having to assist me with positioning. My patient is also my employer, so I really worry that if I don't start getting this right soon I will be fired. Can someone give me some helpful advice on how to do this? He is around 150 lbs. so not too big. Like I said, I haven't had nursing school yet or any formal training so I wonder if it's just body mechanics that I am not getting right.