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- by INNYC28 Nov 18, '03becoming a cna
hello, I am new to this nursing forum and i have a couple of questions mind u i am a premed student not a nursing student. I was just wondering how do u become a cna and what does the job entail in terms of duties. I ask because I want to volunteer which is a requirement for medical schools and I actually want to have patient interaction not just run errands. Also another thing in terms of gross factor do i have to deal with feces and what not. Thanks I appreciate any of your responses
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- You do not need to be a CNA to volunteer. There are plenty of volunteer jobs tht involve interaction that do not require patient care. In fact, it would be a lot harder to find a job that involves a CNA license that is a volunteer job versus a paying job due to liability.
On the other hand, I have physician friends who felt that working as a CNA part time while in Med School gave them a significant heads up on several levels:
1. Understanding basic patient care.
2. Undertanding all the roles on the health care team.
3. How to get along with all those on the health care team and how to treat them. What kinds of information are known best by whom and to include all in their deliberations about the patient's status.
4. Terminology & tests - a primer!
5. Seeing how some doctors cook their own goose in their health team interactions. Learning what NOT to do.
6. How to really listen to patients and families.
7. If working as a CNA in home care, what it really entails taking care of a fragile high maintenence patient in a home setting and the impact of having non-family caretakers in a person's home.
There are probably a few other things I am not thinking of.
- Gross factor:
Forgot to say that to even ask this question makes me doubt if you understand what is entailed in medicine or medical school. If this is really an issue to you (I know that some people really cannot stomach it) , I think you better reconsider your career choice.
- thank u I have to agree with u about choosing another volunteer position being a cna is not for me too much going on in terms of gross factor, It would be really helpful if u gave me some suggestions.
- Hospice will provide a lot of interaction and no patient care - you may help with ambulation take for a walk in a wheelchair, play cards , read to the patient, talk to family members. If it is a child - PLAY!!!
- bergren to answer your question yes I understand what medical school entails. ex: Gross Anatomy I know is a big gross factor but one thing is to dissect a cadaver and another is to wipe feces or what not. From what I understand the wiping of fluids and feces are done by the nurses not the doctor. So gross factor will be something I will have to worry about during the first 2 years of med school if not less.
- Also may I add I do not think it is your place to decide what career i should pursue obviously i understand what medical entails if not I would have not endured 3 yrs as a premed conducting research and what not. I came on this board seeking advice on what a cna does not what I should do with my life. THank u anyway but maybe u r the one who does not know what medical school entails vs. what MD duties are.
- Nov 18, '03 by bedpanwow!
- Nov 19, '03 by itsmeGood luck as a doc if you dont think you will have anything to do with the "gross stuff".
- Nov 19, '03 by Havin' A Party!No offense to anyone, but... not sure this thread's for real.
I'll just echo what bedpan said.