I don't want to be a CNA anymore. - page 8
After this experience, I don't want to be a CNA anymore. I do not have any luck in this field, I have the worst luck. I recently spoke with the Nursing home who terminated me to get the real... Read More
Feb 13, '08Quote from AngelfireRNHaving worked in this field for 16 years as a CNA and an Lpn, I can assure you there are in fact people who are completely unaware or even trying to get themselves dressed at that hour! (Like the other night I left at 1 am, and "Mr. Jones" was up, fully dressed, sitting in our dining room, waiting for breakfast. ):wink2:What you are not getting is the resounding theme here: Me, me, me. It was hard on me, it made it easier for me. I can guaran-dang-tee you Mamaw was bothered when you got her dressed at 3 in the morning, whether you got her up or not! I don't really think Grandad cared what time the facility expected him to be up, either. If someone cam in my room at 3 a.m. and had the gall to try to dress me to make it easier on themselves down the road, we would be having problems, I can assure you.
It does not seem to filter through that this is not about you, it is about those poor residents. Even dressing them required waking them up, and that borders on inhumane. Yes, "abuse" maight be a tad overused, but that was what this was, whether you choose to think so or not.
Best of luck to you in your future education. I hope you find what you're looking for.
That aside, the state does in fact describe this as abuse, when staff get residents up or dressed that early. There are many, many, rules the state has regarding resident care. I AM NOT SAYING THE STATE IS WRONG, however; given the fact that they will not address safe reasonable staff ratios to provide this care, they are unrealistic. Shortcuts abound, and the provider is the scapegoat when caught. Frankly, the nurses should not be allowing their patients to get up at 4am. They are the ones in charge! But many nurses (and CNAs) are unwilling (and ineffective anyway) to be the loan voice speaking up. I would put money down that many of the CNAs getting their patients up timely are not in fact giving good care. (Like skipping oral care, etc.) Plus this CNA is new. It can be very hard to be fast when you are new. I want to be clear that this CNA can learn from others posts here. But, many LTC facilities are absolutely to blame for tying providers hands behind their backs. Look at how many posts there are about no staff, no supplies, no help there are in this forum!:angryfire