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Sunday, July 29, 2012

My experience as a CNA



I was sitting here today watching  Grey's Anatomy and I found myself relating to so many different things I was watching .....I had worked in nursing homes and hospitals for seven years while down in the US as a Certified Nursing Assistant  and I hope to get back to school so I can work in the same line of work here in Canada ........I have seen and experienced so many things in those seven years and not all of them good but a lot were good and some even changed my life forever .......


I got peed on, pooed on and spit on ....I have had wet floor signs threw at me, I have been bitten and pushed to the floor ...I have even been send to emergency with a sprained wrist because a detox patient wanted to hurt someone.........


 I sat with patients in nursing homes and held their hand as they died ....They were alone and no one should have to die alone .....  I have even cried as you feel that thin veil that separates life and death open and they pass on...I have seen patients waiting for their love ones to get there before they pass on ......


I remember sitting all alone in a dimly lit room and holding an elderly man's hand that had no one coming and telling him it was alright to go I would sit with him until he did .....I learned the difference stages of breathing that some go through before they pass and then once they had passed I washed them and combed their hair and got them ready to be taken to the morgue  .....


I was working on ICU when they pulled the plug on someone in a coma and watched the monitors as his life expired ...I have comforted families and gave them hugs when there was nothing else that anyone could do ....All this seemed so right for me to do and even sometimes when I complained I still knew this was were I was suppose to be


I worked for a little while as a Restorative Aide and walked with patients and listens to things that were important to them ....I also worked in a nursing home where this one sweet lady would listen to me some times and although we are never suppose to get too attached she was like a grandmother to me ...


There were times when we just sat with patients all night because they were on suicide watch or in detox ...Sometimes it was the same person coming back week after week ....I often sat and wondered what they were seeking ...what was lacking in their life that made it unbearable but I always tried to understand because I was once in that desperate way myself ...


I worked in the ER a lot sitting with patients who were waiting to go to the psych hospital and sometimes I just wanted to scream please take them please but I didn't, I just sat there and watched as they talked to themselves or some invisible person and cried out for someone to talk to Jesus for them ...There was never a dull moment in the ER and some things I saw there are best forgotten about because its really strange what a Saturday night can bring to an ER .........


I was lucky enough to even have the experience of working a couple of shifts at the psych hospital and kinda fit right in :)


 I think my most memorable moment was the night I worked one of my shifts on OB (The Birthing Center) and watched as a little baby make their entry in this world and I remember feeling so emotional but in a different way from what you feel when someone leaves ....I could just hold back from crying and I wondered if anyone was noticing how I was feeling ....I told the nurse that I was assisting  how I felt and she said it was perfectly normal to feel that way and after working there a few years herself she was still amazed and honored to be a part of this great event  ...


These things I will never forget and I have learned so many other things ... I have learned to respect my elders because they have lived their life and deserve to be treated with dignity and honor ....I've learned not to fear death so much, It's just a part of living and I have also learned what I think that quote by John Donne really means especially the part that says "No man is an island, entire of itself" because we all need something in life and no one should ever feel alone in this world...Human beings do not thrive when isolated from others.  ...We are all surrounded by each other with much the same mindset and just want to be accepted for what and who we are.................

1 comment:

  1. :) just passing through - still reading but i seem to have nothing blog worthy to say (writers block!?!?) :) hope your well x

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