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  1. Finding a place that offers it is like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
  2. I work the day shift right now, and it seems that every time I arrive in the morning, NO ONE is up. I actually plan to move to the NOC shift, so I'm just curious if any of you have seen this? Thanks!
  3. emily_ganshert

    first day as a cna

    As a fellow new CNA (I've only worked as one for a month and a half), I have lots of comments/advice. I shadowed a couple of different CNAs over a two week period. It went really well for the most part. My advice would be to NOT be afraid to jump in and help whenever you can, and takes LOTS of notes (I carry a small notebook/pen in my pocket). Organization is everything. Write - in order - what needs to be done from the moment you walk into work until you leave. You will feel a lot less stressed if you are organized and prepared. And NEVER be afraid to ask questions. I was fortunate to shadow some very nice CNA's who answered every question I had thoroughly. I wish you the best of luck! You can do it!
  4. I work in LTC right now, and this is my first CNA job. I've only worked there less than two months, but I'm thinking home health would be a better fit.
  5. emily_ganshert

    Can a regular CNA work in people's homes?

    Or does that require special certification?
  6. emily_ganshert

    Nursing homes vs. Hospitals for CNAs?

    For those of you who have worked in both settings, which did you prefer?
  7. I just finished my last day of orientation, and will be starting my 1st actual work day soon. I'm a nervous wreck! Can anyone tell me their story and/or offer some encouragement? Thanks!
  8. ...Which field did you prefer? Was there one that was "easier"? (And no, I'm not looking for an "easy" field to get into; I'm pretty sure there is no such thing!) I'm just curious and would like to hear about some of your experiences. Thanks!
  9. emily_ganshert

    Did being a CNA make you NOT want to be a nurse anymore?

    This is wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to tell me your story. So tell me, why DID you decide to "bite the bullet" and become an RN? Better pay, or did you just want/need a change?
  10. emily_ganshert

    Started a new CNA job; could REALLY use some encouragement

    Thanks everyone SO much!! I appreciate all the encouraging and kind words. I was feeling really down when I posted this and you all really lifted my spirits. :)
  11. emily_ganshert

    Did being a CNA make you NOT want to be a nurse anymore?

    Really? How so? I'd really like to hear your experience!
  12. emily_ganshert

    Did being a CNA make you NOT want to be a nurse anymore?

    I AM overwhelmed, yes. I only had four days of orientation before they put me on the floor by myself with 12 residents. Luckily, I asked for more orientation today and my boss said that was fine. I just felt like it was too much, too soon, and my schooling was over a year ago, and very inadequate, in my opinion. So hopefully things will look up... Thank you for adding that last part about your friend; that's very encouraging :)
  13. I'm just curious, because I'm working as a CNA and am really having doubts about whether or not nursing is for me anymore. For now, I'll blame it on the fact that I'm new and am HATING life. I hope it improves. What was your experience?
  14. emily_ganshert

    Started a new CNA job; could REALLY use some encouragement

    Yeah, I was put with a trainer, but only for FOUR days!! Then I was thrown onto the floor and feel completely in over my head. I did make a checklist, which is helpful. But I'm having a hard time remembering peoples' names and am stressed about remembering who's continent/incontinent, who needs assistance and who doesn't, etc. Ugh. I will be SO glad when I don't feel physically sick every time I think about going to work, lol
  15. Hey folks, I'm entering my 2nd week of a new CNA job and am feeling really overwhelmed. I feel like I don't know anything! Can anyone give me any advice on how to stay organized (and not forget all the tasks we have to accomplish)? I need all the help I can get. Thank you!
  16. I just started a new CNA job and never did have this training. Thanks in advance!