Anyone else feel like many of the PCAs/CNAs/LNAs- whatever, do not have approriate training and competency for their job?? I did while I was working on a medical/tele floor for almost 3 years. Fortunately, I'm in the ICU now, and we do all of our VS and such. While on the med/tele floor, I encountered EVERY PATIENT had a RR of 18 or 20. I repeatedly told my manager about this; she addressed it in staff meetings a few times and sent out an email or 2, but it was never resolved. The problem continued. It annoyed me soo much because the interns/residents/attendings go by the patients vital signs. They are so important. One of the attendings actually said, "when the RR is different from 18-20, then I worry". I counted many pts that were in the 30s-40s and informed the PCAs about this; or vice versa, one patient had RR 10.
Another issue was one of the CNAs forgot to record the diastolic for my pts BP. I told her she forgot to write down the diastolic and she replied "what is that?" I explained it was the bottom number ( I guess that is all they know, about bottom or top number on blood pressure). I always thought they had much more training and understanding of what they were doing!!
I'm venting---but when it comes to patient care, safety- I can't stand the fabrication and laziness. It was absolutely ridiculous!