Hello All - So today I had my first day alone at the LTC facility. This is my first CNA job and felt lucky at the interview that she offered me the 6am to 2pm shift. I was told that the average resident to CNA was 9-11 to one. I started off with 15 residents, but one passed late last week while I was still being oriented to the ways of the facility/residents. I was also told that they do 2-person transfers at this facility-she volunteered this information, I didn't even ask.
So, today was not a good day. I already had heard that I was on one of the worst halls in the facility due to the number of incontinent & completely dependent residents. By the "end of my shift", I had 2 residents that were dripping wet, one resident crying (again) for the bedpan, and one resident that was supposed to be laid down ASAP after lunch (was not aware of that). I was ready to cry. The co-worker coming in behind me is very kind, knows that I am new to the function, and I helped her complete as much as I could before the head nurse told me to leave as my shift was over (an hour prior).
Maybe I sound like a crybaby but should a rookie CNA be in a situation w/so many dependent residents (including a "feeder")? Also, I rarely see anyone doing 2-person transfers-most do them alone unless the person is very heavy (even those that state in the orders that a hoyer must be used).
Any advice, words of encouragement are appreciated