I usually tell them that I wish I could stay longer with them but there's another resident of mine waiting to use the bathroom. Most residents who were alert understood.
However, my alert ones could also sense that there wasn't enough help. "Don't you have any help?" they'd ask. Facility didn't want us to ever tell them we were short; so rarely would I say that. However, if we really were strained to the limit because of short staff, the facility's lyin' little rule meant nothing to me and, by God, I did tell them the truth. These aren't children we are dealing with. But the facility never told me not to tell them how many residents I had to care for and when they'd ask if I had help, I'd tell them "No, it's me and you 13 ladies."
And about not telling them we are short? Well, if it's a direct question from a resident and I am ordered to make up some other excuse, then I'm lying to them, aren't I? And isn't lying to a resident a form of abuse? It's OK for the higher ups to indirectly abuse them, and when abuse will protect the almighty name of the facility, well, then, go ahead and abuse them.
LTC has the most unrealistic working conditions.
After 2 1/2 years of it, my last day was Wednesday as I'm going to work at a hospital. I know I was a good aid, but was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who came and complimented me and stated that it is a crime that the good aids leave. Doing my best to be a good aid for my residents took everything I had. If, somehow the working conditions, the lack of common sense and unrealistic rules and regulations and unreasonableness of the higher ups were to change, I'd go back to taking care of my ladies in a New York minute. I'm the type of person who can't not care. If I could've copped a selfish, touch sh!t Grandma attitude, I probably wouldn't have gotten burnt out and would be one of the ones others mean when they regret that the good aids leave.
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I'm a new CNA and I really need some advice from anyone who has experience with patient care.
I work at a LTC facility and we're stretched beyond thin with almost no time to attend to our residents' emotional needs. I love to chat with them as I dress them, let them use the toilet, or clean them up but they always want me to stay longer to talk and they have so much to give. I feel awful because I cannot spend the 15 minutes in their room listening to them and keeping them company. But, at the same time, I don't know how to get away. Do I interrupt and say, "I'm so sorry, but I need to put 10 two-assist residents to bed within the span of the next 10 minutes and the hall call lights look like a Christmas tree, I'd love to talk but I've honestly got to go?" I feel awkward and many times I end up spending way too much time in one resident's room, putting me behind for the entire night. That's deadly as I am slow to begin with because I'm new.
Some of the other CNAs just lie to the resident and say that they'll be right back but they never come back and the alert residents remember that. I am a person who does what I say I will and I refuse to simply say I'll be back in a few minutes and not return.
How do you folks excuse yourself when your duties are done?