I started clinical a couple of weeks ago in LTC. I am so excited to be there...I love the residents and for the most part the staff. Most of the girls I work with are compassionate and kind. There are lots of 'horror' stories on here that made me think..."I can't believe that...nobody would do that...how could that happen?"
The most recent being the elderly man that was left on the bed pan for 5 days. Anyway, yesterday a resident, I will call Jane, was left on the comode for 45 minutes. I came back from break and she was yelling so I went and got a PSW (CNA) and together we got Jane off. When a fellow student came back from her break she said that Jane had gone on before her break...which was 45 minutes prior. The regular staff had forgotten she was on!!!! A few hours later I, my fellow student and a regular PSW went to a room to answer a call bell of a lady that needed help to the washroom. When we open the bathroom door we see another resident already on the toilett. The PSW laughs and says "Oh Mary (not real name) I forgot about you!" like it was some kind of a joke. Well, I didn't find it funny
. Mary was on there for over TWO hours!!!!!!
Both Jane and Mary are so confused that they didn't know to use the call bells. A third lady that shares Mary's room said as we opened the bathroom door that Mary had been there since lunch. I was so ashamed when Mary's roomate said that. Seriously....how do you forget someone is on the toilett. The excuse is not that they were too busy...those girls have three extra sets of hands with us students. Don't get me wrong...these PSW's seem like nice people...I just can't believe it happened twice in one day!!!