I have just recently started clinical for my CNA class. I enjoy most of it so far, the residents are angels but I feel like a burden on the CNAs and nurses. Whenever the CNA I'm partnered with goes on lunch or break, I'm left alone and told to answer call lights. The problem is we're still new and I don't know how to do/am not allowed to do most of the things the residents want.
Some examples: one woman I responded too had dementia and couldn't speak. I tried but I could not figure out what she wanted. I got a nurse and within 15 seconds of talking to the resident she figured out that she just wanted to know the time! Another time I responded to a call light, a man wanted to be transferred from his wheelchair to his bed. Students are not allowed to transfer alone, so I went to look for a CNA. I found one, told him what the man needed, and he told me to wait. Once he was able to help me we went into the residents room...and the resident could pretty much get into bed himself, he just had to have someone with him. I felt so stupid! I made the resident wait and I bothered a busy CNA to pretty much help me with nothing!
Another time when my CNA was on lunch one of my classmates told me a resident in a isolated room(I'm not allowed to go in that room) that my CNA was assigned to needed to be changed. I told her I cant go in there and we had to find an RNA to tell her. That same time when my partner was on lunch I was responding to call lights and a woman wanted to be turned. I couldn't do it alone and didn't feel comfotable attempting it by myself because I didn't want to hurt the resident. Once again, I had to hunt down a different CNA for help. She was busy and said the resident would have to wait until my partner got back from lunch. Later, a nurse asked me to help her change a dressing on the same resident. Right as we were about to turn her, a CNA came to help. The resident said she'd rather have the CNA turn her instead of me (completely understandable) I stepped aside to help/observe when the CNA told me to take my lunch. I asked if Incould stay and observe real quick then take my lunch and she said "no, you need to go".
I understand that the CNAs are probably going to be annoyed no matter what with all us students running around with them, but I don't want to make it worse for them by always asking for help! My instructor is always nowhere to be found and even if I scour the entire facility I still can't find her. When I'm left alone I try to ask other CNAs if they need help so I'm not just standing aroun and they always seem annoyed, and if I get call lights I can't even help the resident half of the time and have to get someone else! I don't need my hand held when I'm left alone, and I wish I could just do things myself but I'm not even allowed to do most of it alone. What can I do to not bother the CNAs so much? I want tto he a help to them, not an annoyance. Also any tips on what I could do when left alone? I try to do nail care, brush hair, or just tak to the residents but most of them are asleep. This is kind of making me anxious for clinical every morning and I'd rather be able to actually focus on learning skills and not constntly runnig around trying to find an already busy person to bother.