I just got my first CNA position in a nursing home. I was hoping to get into a hospital but they said that I do not have sub acute care experience. The nursing home will not count as sub acute care experience apparently even though one of my patients is g-tube and cath. Anyway.. that patient weighs over 200 pounds and cannot move. They have me lift her with another CNA without using a lift. I am low man on the totem pole and not allowed to make waves. We also don't get breaks because chop chop the state is coming too much to do.
I am trying to get out before I get hurt. I am good with the patients, kind and smart. I just don't want to be out of work with a back injury. I have years of office management experience in another field and was hoping to get a unit secretary job or something without so much lifting.. or in a better facility that lets you use the lifts. It is possible that after I have my own patients I can use the lift.. but I won't make it to that time if I get hurt this week. The reason I took the CNA course is I hoped to get a shift conducive to picking up my kids at 3pm after school.
How do I get EPIC training without being an employee of a hospital that uses EPIC? Any suggestions? I have even applied for file clerk jobs and not gotten an interview. I have kids to feed and an X who is not helping. I nearly have my business degree. I definitely immediately need work.