I am a CNA student doing clinicals at a nursing home, and I feel the same way. My second day here, and I know I could never work in such an environment. It's chaos, really. They are consistently understaffed, the residents & CNAs are rushed through every task. The shower room/bathroom floor is always sticky & reeking of urine. A lot of things do not get disinfected after each use, supplies are scattered all over, literally. Several residents care instructions are not being followed, resulting in bed sores and depression.
I've fed, changed, and bathed countless people in the past 2 days, and I think hardly anything was recorded or charted from my input.
I am glad I'm lucky enough to see all this before accepting a job offer from them. I truly hope the majority of LTC facilities are not like this, but I get the feeling a lot of them are.
When I seek employment as a CNA, it will be in a private home, hospital, or doctor's office. I can't handle the heartbreak of geriatrics.