I'm finishing my CNA class in 4 weeks. I agree with the post above^^
It gets messy. It gets hard. There's a lot of turning, transferring, bathing, bedmaking, & changing. Hospitals dont normally hire CNAs without 6mos-1year exp in a LTC or some kind of acute care facility first. Normally, not always.
I voted that you have to have a heart for it. I know plenty of CNAs who do the bare minimum for the job. I always go the extra mile. If you just changed a Depends 5 minutes ago and the pt had a BM again, you change them right away. Don't wait 2 hours to change them. Always keep up with turning and transferring bc Bedsores and skin breakdown are nasty & you wouldnt want any of those! Always give the care you would like to receive in your old age.
The class is a lot of common sense, some memorization, knowing vital normal ranges, medical vocab & general/minimal human bio/anatomy. It's a great class, I cant wait to be employed and certified, it is just an emotional (and physical) toll on you. You will experience death, sickness, dementia, family emotions, etc. The nurse will blame you for everything. The family will blame you. You gotta be able to have thick skin. & also, if you dont use your body properly, YOU WILL GET HURT!!! Those pt's are dead weight & HEAVY!
lol now that I'm done scaring you away, (I didnt mean to be so rough!!) do the program. if you have a heart and believe you can really help care for these people, go for it!!!