One month in.

The first month has been rough. Maybe it is the content (tedious). Maybe it is the hours (many). Maybe it is the social life (none). The first thing that we are tested on is the necessary and not fun things. Laws, critical thinking, and the nursing process are all filed away somewhere in the back of my small brain. After the first four weeks, we were finally allowed to learn how to put on (and take off) our PPE (personal protective equipment). My life is filled with abbreviations and mnemonics.Nursing learning occurring.Speaking of mnemonics, we are starting our clinicals at the VA. For those of you playing along at home, that means I pay the school, they find a teaching hospital for us so we can follow a real nurse and learn about what they do. Before we get that far, we also get to do a small kine urine analysis.pee pee

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CNA

As one of the requirements for nursing school, I must become a Certified Nursing Assistant. So I paid my $600 to a company so that they will get me the state required number of class hours before I can go and actually assist a nurse. I feel like the guys that do road construction. I work for 10 minutes and then wait 50 to make sure that I have the correct number of hours logged. The big guy in the class falls asleep for 50 minutes and nobody seems to mind. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to take this class in another language and that proves true by the Eritreans that are not doing well. English is not their first language and the class if very difficult for them. cna-certification1The bread that the Eritreans bring is delicious. They are some of the friendliest people that I have met. We have learned a few skills so far. Washing our hands is very important. I can wash your feet, provide nail care, turn you over in bed, make a bed with you in it, brush your dentures, and give you a bath while you are in bed. Coming up this week will be perineal care. That is the one everyone dreads. To learn about HIV and AIDS, we get to watch Philadelphia. I hope that clinicals will provide some good stories. Stay tuned!eritrea