Monday, April 29, 2013

A better night

My clinical pal and I had our short shift *four hours* at a new nursing facility Saturday night..
I must say..
this was a much better reception for students than the previous facility..
they were actually EXCITED to see us.

man that felt good
yeah it did

I must tell you I cannot get over how freggin cute these peeps are in the home.

one guy reminded me of my dad so much.
same onery, super sweet, crazy personality as my pops.
he was a retired navy man.
I wasn't sure of his reason for being there, but he didn't have use of his arm. but he brushed his teeth and made the best of it as best he could.
he was awesome. we talked about my dad and father in law some. it was great to see him light up at the talk of the service.
connection. yep.

then there is this couple. sharing a room.
oh my goddess they are so cute it hurts my teeth!
I wanted to ask them to be my grandparents.

I just can't get passed it. These sweet, amazing people are just waiting to have someone to talk to, to visit with, and I am so glad I have gotten the chance and the experience. it is overwhelming at times. I won't lie.
I miss my mom and dad so much. I am just glad, knowing my dad was in a home for a while, he got  the chance to have students visit with him.

I start school next week.
I start my first ever CNA job the week after!
I am so excited!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

And we go crazy.... now!

we, being the new student cna's, had our first "bad" experience at clinicals the other night..

I say bad but I mean. er, bad. yeah.

we walk out of the "meeting room" into the hall to track down our CNA's we're assigned to "shadow and help" for the night.
Immediately we get this:
two turn and walk the other way as if they didn't see us.
one drops the s bomb because "she really didn't want to be bothered today"
and one, who I happened to be "following" actually yelled some profanities and walked as fast as humanly possible away from me.

what a warm welcome.

not taking it personally. as much as possible. we proceeded to catch up to our "leaders"
well. It took me about half an hour to find mine after he hid in the kitchen or something.

the rest of the night was oh so much better.

we were treated like assholes. for reals.

now, I am not a high school student.. which I've heard they don't like so much. but seriously people. they don't deserve to be treated like that either.

for eight hours I spent most of which trying to locate my cna, then after finding him, trying to catch up.

still not taking it personally. much.

I did not learn anything I didn't already know. other than not how to treat students wanting to help you with your job in any way, shape, or form possible to make your life easier.

my cna barely said two words to me directly in the eight or so hours I was at the facility.
yeah. that was very comforting.

I know, as nursing, and medical staff, we need to have thick skins. but this was messed up.

one cna actually told a new resident's family students bother her. in front of us.
professional, no?

I just hope they are informed of their assholeness way after we are done with clinicals so next time, we aren't treated worse.

on a good note.. I was just offered a CNA position by the first facility I had clinicals at. woohoo!
graveyards. two nights a week. go me!

as long as I get my certification within 90 days, I'm good!

I start training in a couple weeks. Just after school starts.

coffee and xanax anyone?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Oh man!

My body is aching!

seriously, like got ran over by a mac truck, dragged down the street by angry pomeranians, kicked by two year old's having tantrums aching.


I'm tired.

and I only had one day of clinicals.



whine over.

I had a blast!

other than the two hours of sleep I got the night before because I put my meds in my pocket instead of taking them.

uh hem

but bright er, dark n early Saturday morning my class buddies n I partook eh? in our first clinical rotation at the local nursing home. Which I happened to live across the street from before we bought our home. And I knew the CNA in charge of us! rock on dude

The CNA instructor is completely blind and totally amazing. totes.

she went over some things. talked about some skills. encouraged us  then sent us on our lil way for the day.

I was teamed up with my new besty from class..
and under the direction of our momma duck.. she called us her little ducklings.. cute no?

we learned. we changed beds. we changed briefs. I cried a little. seriously. I did.

the cutest people were in the house that day. I wanted to hug them all and take them home. for reals.

one example is Mrs. E. she probably has dementia.. we weren't told.  but she didn't know why she was there or even where she was.
but she told me several times I was the nicest person she had ever met. I told her she was my favorite person ever. That's allowed right?
But she made me cry when I asked her one time what she was doing.. she said she didn't know. she truly didn't know why she was in the hall. I could see this in her heart. and it broke mine.

but it was a great day. I don't know how cna's do it.. but I'm getting there.

I have a job interview at the care center I first went to. eee!

they can hire me without being certified as long as I get it within 90 days.. so I have an interview Tuesday.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Busy Busy Busy

I know, it's been a while..

I did a 6 hour shift of Clinicals Tuesday..
I have 40 hours total..
I loved it!
our CNA was so super sweet and funny.. She teased and loved the residents. Truly amazing.

I found out that the hospital we were at is hiring CNA's before you're done with class.. seriously?
I applied.
got a call for an interview Tuesday!
I hope to work on the pediatric floor. Or the Rehab floor.. it is a long term care facility. Small, but very nice.

I am so excited! I can have a job while going to school! woohoo!!

here is some of my life this week...

my oldest had drill team tryouts.. she made it again!

my youngest has strep. she's keeping it to herself lol
I have tried several times to turn the pic right side up.. no luck.. so she's hanging the wrong way. She's ok with it

ha! Me n my scrubs
the drill team! aren't they cute?
love em!

so.. that's what's up with me this week..

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Passed my final!!!

I was going to take a couple "practice tests" last night..
but the instructor pushed encouraged me to take the final and get it over with..



I have a few skills left and a few hours to hang in class until I can start clinicals but I'm almost done!!

oh lookey what I got
now I can officially save lives.. if needed :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Almost done!

I am one final test away from being able to go to clinicals.. I have at least 24 hours of that then I can take my final CNA test and be certified! woohoo!