when i did my cna class, i used index cards. i took the cards with me, while waiting in the supermarket checkout line, drive-thru for burger, coffee, bank ... i would pull out the cards and review.
practicing the skills: i used the kitchen table - large towels for sheets and blankets, a large doll (or stuff a pillow case), for making unoccupied/occupied bed, bathing, repositioning, etc.; blood pressures - relatives, friends, anyone - "i am in a cna class and i need practice doing blood pressures. because i am learning, i will not tell you the readings as the numbers may not be accurate." i was at the hairdresser reviewing my cards and had the cuff and stethoscope with me ... my hairdresser and a few of her customers allowed me to practice doing bps.
how many of you actually were given the skills that had many steps ...
one was easy ... oral temperature. the others were bedmaking, transferring from wheelchair to bed (remember to lock the wheels), bathing while in bed, range of motion.
on the blood pressure skill: i have a hard time hearing the brachial pulse until ...
read this topic ...
blood pressure - allnurses.com nursing for nurses
how in the world did you handle having someone there watching your every move?
i was able to mentally ignore the watchers by taking a long deep breath
... while thinking about the steps for that skill.
if it was, say, making an occupied/unoccupied bed, bathing, i would imagine myself all alone at home at that kitchen table.
if it was, say, blood pressure, i had practiced enough that i was confident in what i was going to do, but was still concerned about if i was doing the it correctly.
as you can see, i am worried, anxious and afraid i will fail. am i worrying too much? my skills test is in about 2 weeks.
been there, done that. i did forget a few things (no one in the class was perfect, and some made many mistakes).