I have been in lecture classes for CNA for a few weeks now, and have completed labs. Last Saturday was my first day to actually work in a nursing home, where we will be working until nearly the last week in June. Everything we have been taught in class was thrown out the window as we observed the real CNAs at work. What the heck!?!
I spent over $900 to take this class, I will be tested by a state examiner, I am expected to know everything the book says, but am being trained to do the actual job incorrectly....for instance:
1. Floley bag laying on the floor, finally being stepped on by LPN. The LPN and CNA knew it was there because the CNA had just emptied it.
2. CNA - gloved - wiped a resident after a BM, then wheeled her to the sink, with the same gloves, assisted the resident with mouth care.
3. Bed needed changing. CNA brings linens in to change sheets, drops pillow cases on the floor, picks them up, blows on them, laughs it off with the resident, then proceeds to make the bed.
4. Peri care, then wash the face....nuff said.
You in the medical field may think these things are not that bad. I, on the other hand, have elderly parents who will never, ever be put into one of these horrrible places.
I am a researcher and went online to search my state for nursing home ratings. Again, my parents will not be put in a nursing home.
How am I suppose to learn the proper way of doing this job, so I can move on to nursing, if I am not being shown the proper way?
Because of the price of the class, I am considering talking to someone higher up than my so called "teacher", since she works at this nursing home and thinks it is wonderful.
Now I see why you all vent so much :)