:heartbeat I've been at the LTC facility where I work since August. This is my first CNA job and in the beginning it was a shock and a discouragement. Never have I worked so hard for such little pay! When I was awarded with my certification as a nurse's aide my pay went up, so that helped a bit. Nevertheless, the pace of keeping up with the volume of work that was required just to do a barely adequate job....the constant hounding by all the other CNA's on my days off -- hey can you take my shift ??? --- the grueling workload.....the long evenings away from my family and their struggle to take care of my own disabled little son.....I had only been here a couple of months and was burned out and ready to go AWOL.....
Then a ray of hope
An employee quit in December and her position became open -- no one wanted it. I asked the ward clerk to give me her shift --like NOW. It was a day shift in the Special Care Unit....the facility for our dementia/Alzheimer's residents. The lounge area looks like a nice living room with big easy chairs and picture windows....it's a lockdown facility so it's isolated from the crazy hustle of the resident hallways where I used to work. The atmosphere is quiet and the pace is laid back (most of the time!!) The capacity is only for 12 residents and there are always 2 aides on duty, except during the second half of the evening shift when most of the residents are in bed. I love working there!! I don't mind the little lady who asks every 5 minutes --where am I, I'm scared-- I love that little guy who stands there holding his walker for 15 minutes while you cue him to sit down in his chair but is so distracted he just doesn't do it......the other little lady who speaks constantly in gibberish. I love all of them, but I can understand why no one wanted that shift. It takes a special kind of patience and forbearance to work with these residents, and if you like the hustle and bustle of LTC resident halls, you'll be bored and frustrated. However, this is just what I've been wanting, to work in a facility where I can give really 'up close and personal' care to people. I have the time to do a really good job assisting with ADL's because the staffing allows for constant supervision of some of the residents who require one-on-one. Because it's a day shift, I actually get to sit down with my family in the evenings for dinner -- I think that was what I missed the most on the evening shift.
Every day is a challenge working with these special people....and sometimes I have to keep a certain little lady from ramming people with her walker......but I feel fortunate to be happy with what I'm doing.
I'm glad you find somewhere you love! It really takes someone special to work in that environment. I bet the residents love you too!
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 21, '14