Hi .. Some background: I am a relatively new nursing student, working toward my AA degree and an RN certification. I have recently started as a PCA (patient care associate; a kind of uncertified CNA) at my local hospital .. Two questions:
1.) Do you think my experience as a PCA (which will total 2+ years by the time I am finished with nursing school
) will help me start out at a higher pay rate as an RN?
2.) I see A LOT of language problems with English-as-a-second-language PCAs, LVNs and even RNs as related to their patient interaction. ie. I have personally seen patient care employees tell patients "I can't understand you!" and walk away when I clearly understood what the pt was trying to communicate. Without my having been there, the pt's request would not have been honored. I myself often cannot understand what some of my co-workers are saying. It's ridiculous!!! Does this bother anyone else? I am not in the least racist, BUT I am really bothered by the treatment (or lack thereof) elderly, disoriented patients are getting from some of these hospital employees.
I live in Los Angeles, which has a higher immigrant population, so maybe its a local thing? Let me know your feedback?