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I am attending a PCA course starting this Monday and is two weeks long. I applied for a home health care job today and they are awaiting my certificate. Once my course is complete what do I need? Attire and equipment I mean? Also, is it unprofessional to take notes when you first start working? Or to use your notes when you first start working? I mean, we are always learning right? Please let me know before I go out and buy everything I see. I'm so anxious!!!!
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- Oct 3, '10 by orange_dolphinI took notes while learning a new CNA job and I'm still using them two weeks later. The charge nurse actually said, "You need to be taking notes" and I showed her my extensive notes I'd been taking. I think it perturbed her that I was one step ahead of her. I'm on third shift with 16 residents. There's no way I'd learn all their individual needs if I didn't take notes.
You'll need scrubs. You'll need a watch if you're going to take vitals. I also bring a couple of pens and keep hand sanitizer in my pocket as well as a few band-aids and alcohol wipes (for me, not the residents). I keep gloves in my pocket too, which are provided at work. Hand sanitizer is too but they're often out of it.
- Oct 10, '10 by KareBear0609You will need a gait belt
- Oct 10, '10 by orange_dolphinI'd check with the nursing home or agency you're working with before buying a gait belt. The nursing home where I work provides them and I didn't have to buy one.
- Oct 12, '10 by magicnurseTake whatever notes you need to succeed.
- Oct 23, '10 by studentpn73scissors!! I'd be lost without my scissors
Great to cut soiled underwear (the facitlity underwear, not the resident's personal underwear) or pullups as sometimes ripping the side's can cause a huge mess! I've also cut the back of gowns when I couldnt undo the knot's, my scissors have come in handy when Ive helped the LPN or the RN do dressing changes, or when I've done cathetor (not inserts-not my role but will be soon :P) and ostemy changes