Oh, I changed more than one brief, but only one dirty. Wet wasn't that big of a deal but I thought dirty would be alot worse than it was.
Today was my third day and I must admit I am having fun. I have been asked a few times if I'm a doctor, but from what I hear, that's asked of a lot of male nurses/aides/RTs.
I have noticed that a couple of the CNAs aren't warming up to me. I worked with one girl both yesterday and today and she doesn't seem to like me all that much. I shouldn't be too surprised, though. From what I've heard, she may actually like me a little too much.
I was told tonight that I shouldn't catch lights "so close to the end of shift." That perturbed me a little. It was 9:50 and I was helping one lady with her A/C system. I asked the aforementioned CNA if she could catch a light a little further down the hall. She flat out said no. So I came out of the previous resident's room and went down to catch that light. All she wanted was her A/C turned down to cool off the room a little. In and out in 30 seconds. When I got back to the nurse's station, Ms. CNA told me that we don't answer call lights with only ten minutes left on shift. Now, I'm under the impression that we are there to help these people out, to be their caretakers because they can't care for themselves. Even if it had been 2 minutes until shift was over and the resident had needed her brief changed, I would have done it. I'm not going to push something off onto the next shift when it's something I can take care of.
Perhaps I just needed to vent about that.
I did notice today that the nurses all seem to really like me. They all know that I'm in school towards my BSN, so I think that may have something to do with it. They know that I'm not just in this for a paycheck, but actually in it to help and get experience. I think that goes pretty far with them. I've had two RNs and one LPN tell me that I am doing an excellent job and that if I keep it up I'll be offered a job as an RN as soon as I pass my NCLEX. Of course, I don't necessarily WANT to work in an LTC as an RN, but if the money's good...
I have also seemingly been put in charge of taking VS on the hall I'm working. Third day, three days in a row I have been handed a slip of paper with a list of names and told to go get VS. The LPN on the hall I worked tonight seemed a little impressed when I came back to him an hour later with all the VS. That was about 3:30 and he told me he didn't need them until 6 but he thanked me for being very prompt. As far as I can tell, none of the CNAs particularly like taking VS. I love it. Gives me time to talk to individual residents without having to wait on a call light. I spent a little while talking to a lady tonight that has known me since I was born. She was actually the RN in the OR when I was born. She's also a really good friend of my mom's, so she was very surprised when I came to work there. I also got to spend some time with another resident that wanted nothing more than for someone to come in and talk to him. I stayed in his room a little longer than I probably should have, but he really just wanted someone to talk to him.
Okay, I've written a novel. I've got a meeting with the administrator tomorrow, so I'm going to air my grievances, but without naming names. Luckily I have the chance to actually talk because the administrator is my "aunt." And, no, I haven't told anyone outside of that office that. My interview was kind of neat because of that relationship. I went in and the administrator said she would interview me because the nurse that was supposed to was in a meeting. She sat me down, looked me square in the eyes, and said, "Can you come to orientation at 10:30?" No questions for me, no "why do you want to work her? Why do you want to be a CNA?" or anything like that. Just "When can you start?" I do believe I am getting some preferential treatment because of it, but I'm not going to complain. Other CNAs will, but it is what it is. My direct supervisor told me that she will give me off the two days a week that I can't be there by 2 and that she will schedule me off every other weekend so that I can stay home with my kids. Makes me part-time, but I'm not complaining if I get to spend time with them.
Okay, that's enough. LOL