I am soo freaked out for my CNA job!
So I promptly texted a girlfriend who recently got a job on the floor I’ll be working on as a nurse and asked her if this seemed right or are these students overreacting? (I had hoped she would assure me of the latter.) She said what they were saying was correct, even on the floor I’ll be working. OH NO! My only other experience is from the nursing home and we did total cares, including showers and I KNOW we never had 10 patients at a time (that’d be way too much work).
Then while I was working last night, I have a girlfriend who used to be HUC and CNA up on the floor I got hired and she said it’s a floor full of tubes, rectal tubes, NG tubes, chest tubes, tube feedings, and lots of drains, also TPN and lipids.
Even the department manager I interviewed with said they’re grateful when the remodeling was done and their floor didn’t receive carpeting because of the mess the patients can make when walking with all their tubing. Yucko!
Lastly when I went to church last Sunday, I walked up to a friend of mine who has been a nurse for over 20 years and told her my good news of getting the CNA job and she looked at me in surprise and said “that’s a challenging floor, but a great experience for student nurse”. How do I take that comment?
After hearing all of this I’m not sure I’ll be cut out for this job? I wonder if it’s too late to withdraw my interest and stay at my current job.