I'm a new CNA in LTC that has worked about 8 shifts so far and I have a few questions about safety and teamwork. I have been reading this forum off and on for months and love it. Now, I need some input from experienced CNA's in LTC. So, here goes...
How often do falls and drops occur in LTC? Has anyone ever had a belt on a sit to stand pop open? I had this happen on my 2nd day working alone. Fortunately, the resident seems o.k. This may have been my error by not snapping the belt completely closed, but I was also told a belt popped open twice with another resident in the week prior to my incident. Does anyone know if these belts will pop open easier under certain conditions like if a resident twists, the belt is threaded backwards, or if the resident is over a certain weight limit.
Do any facilities have their CNA's work in teams? I can think of dozens of reasons why having a partner would be a good thing but I haven't heard of any facilities that operate that way. From a risk management point of view, I would think this is the best way to help reduce injuries and provide better care for the residents and it wouldn't cost the facility a thing. Why don't places encourage or require teamwork?
I'd love working in my facility if we worked in teams. As it is, I'm feeling overwhelmed and now I'm feeling unsure about any transfers. I've already asked management about teamwork in the facility, but they said it's up to my hall partner that day and some experienced aides don't want to work in teams.