Whew, one week of CNA class down, only 2 more to go. Thankfully yesterday was the last day of book work and our first "skill" practice...handwashing. Honestly, you wouldn't think handwashing would be a big deal, you'd be wrong. About half the class would have failed had they taken the skill yesterday and guess why? Because of the shake. You know the shake. You've just gotten done washing your hands and the water is still dripping off of them and so what do you do? Well, you shake the excess water off of course! Uh-uh, not on THIS test you don't. Our teacher told us that shaking was an automatic failure, can you believe it? Well it's true. So now we have to practice washing our hands with our fingers pointing down the whole time and NOT shaking off the excess water, lol. Who would have thought handwashing would actually be a learned skill. Next week we start learning all 26 other skills that we have to master in order to take the state test to be a certified nursing assistant. I still haven't decided if I'm going to go ahead & take the test now or wait until later in the semester when I'll have more experience. Speaking of having more experience, school is getting closer!! Only 44 more days, woohoo (and only 37 days until my cruise!!) I talked to my nursing bestie yesterday & he said he was ready for school to get started, aren't we all!! Also, I have to admit, taking this CNA class really gives me an appreciation for what these people do. This is NOT a glamorous job people, at least not in a nursing home. I'm not sure what a CNA would do in a hospital, but in a nursing home I'd have to say in order to be a CNA for ANY length of time you would have to REALLY love taking care of people at the most basic level. Honestly, I think it takes even more of a special person to be a CNA than even a nurse. So, if you work with any CNA's be sure to thank them for all their hard work.