My very first day of clinicals, me and my fellow classmates were thrown to the wolves...The CNA's figured because we, the students were there, they could go about their business with a lighter workload. They never came back to check on us, they didn't tell us anything about the patients, It was a huge mess! There were 10 students and we were paired in partners of 2, our poor instructor was running herself ragged trying to help all of us ( She always had to be present for 2 person assists, hoyer lifts, etc. ) It was an incredibly rough start to clinicals! Haha!
No, not all CNA's are mean, but they are incredibly busy and it has to be kinda hard having students running around messing up their "normal routine" Even the CNA's that I worked with during clinicals weren't mean, But I would only see them when we first arrived and most of the time at the end of the day...At first I thought it was very rude, how could they not be there when we needed help? After all, we were just students! But once I experienced how hectic it can be working in a LTC, I understood a little better and felt bad for thinking they were horrible!
Hope things get better for you! All the best! :)