If you are going to work in a nursing home, it may not be possible to do a two-person team to finish assignments. You may still able to get help from other CNAs for different situations but at least, I have not seen a two-person team at my nursing home and where I did my clinical training. Be ready for staffing shortage if that does happen!
At the nursing home where I did my clinical training, there was one LVN who had no idea how to reposition patients and did not even respond to call lights. That LVN even told me to ignore the call lights but I still responded because I knew the patient needed help. I also let my instructor know. Therefore, I think CNA work is a great experience for anyone interested in nursing and it helps me to learn about bedside manners, what to look and check for, how I can help nurses and what to tell the nurses, etc.
I wholeheartedly agreedwith @beachynurse because I had a hard time differentiating the real CNA skills and the state CNA skills. My instructor even told me that I was showing insubordination and I was struggling during clinicals. Eventually, I learned with the help of my classmates and passed the exam. Do whatever the instructor teach you. Do not follow real CNA skills at your clinical until you have your certification and actually start working.
I enrolled in a sponsored CNA class. I will have to pay back the tuition because I got a job offer at a hospital. Start applying to hospital around 4 or 5 months of work. Prepare for interviews. Find the right methods and tips to help you become an efficient, reliable, and compassionate CNA. Even after the CNA preceptor orients you for the actual job, always check the care plan / Kardex or ask the nurse questions. I found out the my preceptor told me the wrong information on patients' continence and incontinence. Ask questions and assess the situation. Patient safety is very important.
I started my job as a CNA in March. I always ask for help from other CNAs if I can (even though, the response I get most of the time is they are busy with their patients). If I cannot get other CNAs to help me, I will approach the therapists then the nurses. You work within your scope of practice. Assess everything before you start. Most of the time, I was able to work by myself using the lifts and assessing the circumstances. Each situation varies and you ALWAYS need to assess. Your facility needs to train you properly regarding types of assists, types of lifts, and resources. If the facility you are working at does not have the right resources, do look for another facility unless the facility is the closer one to home or is the only one in your community. As a CNA, you should focus on your tasks and duties for the day. Ask for help when needed and help out when you can. If something suddenly happens such as an emergency or whatever, let the nurse know or the supervisor know. Always let them know if you cannot complete something due to problems unexpectedly happen. The nurse has power and can write you up if they think you are showing them insubordination. At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for your certification. I wish you the best. I love my job and it is helping me on my journey to apply to nursing school.