CNA Training Clinicals: Preparedness

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Clinical time during CNA training can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-wracking. After all, you’re going to be out in the real world, dealing with real patients, and while you have CNAs and your instructor at your back to help you, you’ll still be expected to take what you’ve learned in the past three weeks, five weeks, or months during CNA training and put it into action.

Before you even get to wash your hands, though, there are a few things you really need to know in order to be fully prepared for the start of clinicals.

CNA Training Clinicals

  • Show up on Time, Every Day- Clinicals are a big part of your CNA training course, and they are PASS/FAIL. This means you can actually ruin your chances of taking the state exam if you show up late or don’t show up at all.
  • Wear Scrubs- Depending on your CNA training facility, the type of scrubs you are expected to wear can vary. Some may require you to wear blue scrubs, white scrubs, or pink scrubs. Some may require those scrubs to have pockets. Pay attention when these instructions are being given.
  • Gait Belt- Most CNA training classes will actually provide you with a gait belt as part of your tuition; however, some will require you to purchase one yourself. No matter what the circumstances, make sure you bring the belt with you ever day.
  • Hair- Your hair should be neat and clean during clinicals. If hair is long, wear it up off your shoulders and away from your collar. Male students should have facial hair clipped and groomed.
  • Scents- Avoid strongly scented perfumes and deodorants during clinicals. Patients may have allergies to these scents.
  • Piercings/Tattoos- During clinicals, the only jewelry you should be wearing is a wedding band and one earring in each ear. Earrings should be small posts; avoid hoops, as patients can grab them and pull them out. If you have tattoos or body piercings, they should be covered completely.
  • ID Badge- Your CNA training instructor will provide you with an ID badge before the start of clinicals. This badge should be worn at all times, above the waist. If you attach this badge to a lanyard, make sure the lanyard has a break-away clasp. This will protect you in the event a patient grabs the lanyard.
  • Cell Phones- Do not attempt to bring your cell phone to the clinical site. Most facilities won’t provide a locked area for students’ personal belongings. You won’t be permitted to use the cell phone during clinical times, and it may be lost or stolen.
  • Getting sick- Talking about open wounds and bowel movements in the classroom is nothing like actually being near them. If you feel like you’re going to be sick, talk to your CNA training instructor. He or she may be able to provide you with some mentholated vapor rub that can be applied to the nose to block out strong odors.

Surviving Your CNA Training Clinicals

Are you ready for your CNA clinicals? This time can be exciting and scary, but it will be so much better if you’re fully prepared. Be ready for anything with these tips and rules during CNA training.

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