Resident False Accusations??? help - page 2
Ok so ive been hearing stories about residents FALSELY accusing CNAs of sexual harassment at the nursing home I work at. I am now literally terrified to do peri care on anyone because im afriaid im gonna get accused of being a... Read More
- 0Aug 24, '13 by mintygirlQuote from DavidSquireTake the time to introduce yourself, "Hello my name is ___ and I'm your CNA today." And then ask them if it would be okay to care for them down there or if they would prefer a female. And explain what you are going to do with that PT.Ok so ive been hearing stories about residents FALSELY accusing CNAs of sexual harassment at the nursing home I work at. I am now literally terrified to do peri care on anyone because im afriaid im gonna get accused of being a freak. If this happens I will lose my job and I know everyone will start to look at me differently, even if I really was just trying to clean them (girlfriend, family members etc.) and im soooo scared. I cant ask another CNA to come watch me do peri care every single time I have to do it. What do I do??? Like today I had to do peri care on a resident and I was going in for a second wipe and he told me "that's enough" and it terrified me and now im afraid he thinks I was being a perv or something when I was only trying to get him clean??? I need tips on how to avoid ruining my life because of false accusations. And if I do get accused, will I get arrested on the spot or what? I almost want to quit being a CNA because of this no joke
A lot of times it feels invasive for them because you are just going in and just washing their genitals without much dialogue so they might not know what is the norm. even as a female to female pt I still tell them until they are extremely comfortable with me.
Your first instinct is to build up communication and a reputation, but if overall you have a pt that complains a lot, then call your charge nurse in and have them with you as you do peri care or if the pt requests "nothing more" keep in mind that its a pt word over yours, so it helps if you cover all your grounds. Don't wait until you are being reported and no they wont arrest you on the spot like some criminal and book you.
Typically what they do is take you off the run or put you on suspension while they do an investigation. Also chart everything and have your charge nurse sign off on your charts PLUS the area where you charted with their initials because no charge nurse is going to stand behind you.
At the end of the day if the pt is not comfortable with you and you are not with them, then talk to the charge nurse. If the charge nurse does nothing, talk to the RN, then the manager/supervisor, keep going up the chain of command until something is done about it.