Unfortunately, this is one of the "bad parts" of being a cna. The job is intense and many times, just like the Nurses, we are understaffed. I say, just do the math. When I worked in a nursing home I could NEVER get done with all the work and I literally ran room to room. Now the math....I normally had at least 12 patients, turns were every 2 hours, brief changes every 2 hours...now IF one spent just 10 minutes per pt changing and turning that comes to 120 min.(2 hours!). So, by the time you got to your last pt, it would be time to go back to the first one. The problem is...there is MORE to the job than just turning and changing every 2 hours. When is one suppose to pass trays, feed (this can take 30-45 min for each pt), shower/bath, dress (shoes, socks, pants, etc), shave, oral care,vital signs, nail care, taking pt's out to family's car, rechange that pt with massive loose bowels due to c-diff about 4 times an hour, fill all the water pitchers, keep those two pts that are confused and trying to climb out of bed from falling on the floor, try to explain to the nurse why you did not get to room #? yet, try to explain to family member of pt in room#? why she's not dressed yet?
It all seems pretty unrealistic, but believe me, this is a daily life for a cna. To me, I give my ALL. I know that it is not always enough, but I go home happy knowing that I did my best for everyone of my residents and the nurses. If the facility questioned me, as had happened in the above facility, I would tell them exactly how I feel about the care that I give and question them as to IF they care about the residents then why do THEY not staff the floor sufficiently. Spend enough to hire enough quality Nurses and CNA's and surely I will get my job done the way that you want it to be done. However, given the above scenerio, one can easily see how it would be impossible to get everything done and the ONLY answer is to staff appropriately. After saying all of that...I would be expecting to leave as per their request and it would not bother me one bit, because I know that I give my all to my residents/pts and will not let anyone tell me any different. I truly feel that it is their loss. After saying the above to my facility, nothing was ever mentioned to me again, and when I left...to pursue a hospital job, as that is where I want to work when I graduate, they wanted me to stay! They know that I was correct and that it was an impossible task that they asked of me and that we were not staffed adequately. I wish you all the best. Keep your head up and give your best everyday. For your patients' sake, give your all and then go home happy! Do not let a facility that does not want to staff adequately let you feel like YOU are not adequate. As far as the other cna's...looks can be deceiving. The cna's that I worked with would stay in the break room all shift long and then just before shift change, they would go around and clean up their pts so that they would be clean for the next shift. It would appear that they were excellent time managers, but the truth is they are just lazy and uncaring. The nurses knew it, but instead of making them work, they would come up to me and say, "can you clean up, feed, whatever pt in room 214? I know he's not your pt, but you know "cindy" isn't going to do it!" I am NOT kidding either! That was my life every shift.