I quickly discovered after I received my CNA and got a job that school is a lot different from the "real world" I went home practically in tears every night, thinking I would never catch on. Then it occurred to me. We are dealing with real people, with real feelings. Not everything we may do is perfect, but if you care about your patients and their well-being, then you will get there.
I have been in a nursing home for about a year. I am still slower than a lot of the other cnas, but I also know that my patients really do get bed baths (not just a wipe and a promise) in between their shower days , their hair is combed with glasses and hearing aides in, and they have thier dentures cleaned or teeth brushed. I know that there is a certain amount of speed that must be maintained when working in health care, but I do believe it is quality, not quantity that counts. What good is it to have all 9 of your residents up and in their chairs by 930 or 10 if they are not clean, wearing clean briefs, and smell? They deserve more respect than that.
BTW, I cannot wait to get out of LTC tho. Its just too much.
Hang in there and be the best you can be.