The classroom work has come to a close. The lab is empty. It’s finally time for clinicals. For me, this had to be the scariest part of CNA training. I had no idea what to expect when I first entered the nursing homes and hospitals where our clinicals took place during CNA training, and I’m not sure I could have been truly prepared for it if I had been told.
But I do wish someone had tried. That’s why, today, I’m going to discuss a few things you should know before you begin your CNA training clinicals.
CNA Training Clinicals- What to Know
- Carry a small bottle of alcohol hand sanitizer and a small bottle of lotion. The first will help ensure your hands are safe and germ-free between hand washing. Believe me, there are some places where excessive use is necessary. The small bottle of lotion is just as important though, at least for your hands. With excessive hand washing and hand sanitizer use comes dry hands. Applying lotion will help keep your hands smooth. Your patients will thank you.
- You’ll need to bring a pen and paper with you to take notes during the CNA training clinicals. Instead of carrying a pad of paper, which is bulky, fold a few pieces of paper together and place them in your scrub pocket. Also, carry a black click pen. It’s too easy to lose the caps on other pens, which can be a real choking hazard to children and adults with mental difficulties or disabilities.
- When you begin changing a patient’s brief during CNA training clinicals, your first instinct will be to breath through your mouth. Don’t. While you may not like the smell, if you are experiencing any cold symptoms or allergies in the least, you’ll get a runny nose when you breathe through your mouth. If the odors get to you, invest in a small tub of vapor rub and wipe a little under your nose. You’ll smell nothing but mentholated freshness for quite a while.
- You’ll do everything wrong, and that’s okay. This is what clinicals are for; they are part of your training. Ask for help, watch what you’re being shown, and learn from your mistakes. That’s how you pass CNA training and become a CNA.
- You may get lost. I did on my second day of clinicals, when we visited a hospital. I was sent to get a patient a new hospital gown. I knew that I had passed the big cart carrying all of the gowns, towels, and blankets earlier in the day, but I somehow made a few wrong turns getting back to them. Then I couldn’t find my way back to the patient’s room. It took me a good fifteen minutes more than it should have, but I was able to find a nurse that helped me find my way. Moral of the story? First, pay attention to your surroundings. Second, don’t be afraid to approach the nurses and ask for help. Many will gladly show you the way and won’t even bite your head off about it.
Ready for CNA Training Clinicals?
Are you ready for your clinical time during CNA training? It’s the last thing you have to do before you can sit down and take your test, so make sure you do it right. Hopefully these tips will help you be a little more prepared for clinicals during CNA training.