Not quite there yet?

05 Apr

This is a transcript of an embarrassing conversation that took place during my CNA training course. I remembered it today and felt it would be something worth sharing. Hope you get a laugh at my expense. 🙂 If you need help picturing the look/persona of my instructor, picture Dr. Miranda Bailey from the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Almost exactly like her I swear. It’s scary!

Instructor: Okay guys. You all have your PPE equipment in front of you right? Gloves, goggles, gown?

Class: Yes!

Instructor: You can begin by putting on the gloves.

[Classmates and I all put on our gloves]

Instructor: Alright, good. You can all put on the gowns now. We’ll skip the goggles. Open up your gowns without touching the outside surface and tie up the neck ties and the waist ties being sure to tuck the gown properly.

[Classmates start to open their gowns up and I do the same. We all place our arms in the sleeves and pull the gowns on properly. This is where things start to go wrong.]

Me [standing somewhat awkwardly looking back and forth between classmates]: Uhhh…. (yes, I’m that articulate. :P)

Instructor: What’s the problem?

Me: It’s my ties. I thought that we were supposed to tie each others gowns up.

Instructor: What are you talking about?

Me: But in the OR the surgeons all have their ties tied by someone else.

Instructor: Are you a surgeon yet?

Me: No.

Instructor: Well, until then you will tie your own ties then won’t you?!

Me: Yes ma’am!

I then proceeded to fumble around and tie my ties with the rest of the class, now done, watching. I was also the one chosen ‘at random’ to be inspected by the instructor to make sure it was done right. It was by the way. Perfectly! 😉


Posted by on April 5, 2011 in CNA


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3 responses to “Not quite there yet?

  1. PGYx

    April 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Actually, someone will tie your gown for you when you are a 3rd year medical student rotating on Surgery, long before you are a surgeon. 🙂

  2. Aelicia

    June 13, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Awesome post! You’ve a wonderful blog, absolutely the greatest Ive read so far. I will be looking forward to your next entry. Thanks again.


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