Okay, so you’ve decided that CNA training is the next logical step in your life. You’re tired of having a job that’s going nowhere, you’ve studied it out, and you think CNA training will get you on the right path for your career choice. Great job! We’re proud of you! Thousands of CNA training students graduate and enter the medical career every month all across the nation. So, what could go wrong? Probably nothing, and if you’re like most CNA training students, you’ve thoroughly thought out the training process and have mentally prepared yourself for anything that may come your way. But what if you haven’t. Could there be some unforeseen facet of CNA training that will be a deal breaker in your book? We’ve polled hundreds of graduates and asked them what the most unpleasant part of their CNA training was. Today we’re letting you in on these secrets:
The 5 Most Unpleasant Things About CNA Training
Think you can’t hack it? Worried that you just might not be cut out for a career as a CNA? CNA training takes you through the necessary steps to your new career. Here are the most unpleasant parts:
- Learning to draw blood – Depending on what state you are in, your CNA training may involve blood draws. Although many students were squeamish at first, they soon got used to the idea and said it became like second nature to them.
- Learning to offer and empty bed pans to patients – Talk about a dirty job. If you can’t handle the sight, smell or ability to work with human excrement, you’ll probably have a difficult time getting through this portion of your CNA training. Of course you won’t have to actually perform these duties with real patients during your training, but you may be required to do so if your CNA training includes a hands-on clinical portion. Keep in mind that this is one of the duties you’ll be responsible for during your day-to-day duties as a CNA, so if you can’t get through it during training, it’s highly unlikely you’ll find the ability to do so once you’re on the job.
- Cleaning up accidents that involve human waste, vomit, blood, or other bodily secretions or fluids – Yes, you read that correctly. At some point during your career you’ll definitely come across a patient who has an accident you’ll have to handle. Whether the patient has soiled bedding or has just vomited on their breakfast tray, you’ll be responsible for at least a portion of the clean up. You’ll learn how to handle this during CNA training, but can you handle it in an on-the-job setting?
- Wound Care – You’ll learn about proper bandaging and cleaning of wounds during CNA training. I have to admit, this was my most difficult part.
- Oral hygiene for patients – Not all your patients will have sparkling teeth and fresh breath. In fact, quite the opposite is true. During CNA training you’ll learn how to swab a patient’s mouth and also how to brush their teeth properly. If you’re queasy about oral care, this may not be the career for you.
There you have it, a list of the worst parts of your CNA training. Still think it’s the career for you? I got past it and so do thousands of CNA training graduates every day!