Nursing Home ABUSE...TOWARDS STAFF! - page 2
I am fed up with my 1st nursing job at a nursing home!!! As a new LPN, I don't know what's legal or not and how much I should take. Here's the 411 with this facility....any help/suggestions???? ... Read More
0Feb 18, '09 by Cheer4WVUWell, I bet that would be heaven for my mom who is a CNA. Where my mom works, it's 2 CNA's to 40 patients. She has to work a double 1-2 times a week on top of her regular schedule (normally work 7 days, off 2). Nursing homes treat their employees like crap pretty much and they refuse to hire enough help. It's why so many patients come out with pressure ulcers and other problems.. simply because there is just not enough people there to provide good care. Also, the nurses and LPNs at the nursing home my mom works at refuse to answer call lights. They look at the CNAs and say "Why aren't you answering the call light?". All of these conditions are the same at all 5 nursing homes my mom has ever worked at.
After seeing how the conditions are first hand, I could never work at a nursing home. More power to ya, lol. Good luck with everything and I hope things work out in your favor.
0Feb 19, '09 by onetiredmommaAre you paid if you are there p 3pm? Overtime can be declared by policy, ie: over 8 hours/shift or over 40/hrs/week. If you are expected to clock out and then finish your work I think your state's labor board would declare that not to be legal. I agree with other posters, CNA ratio not bad, Nurse ratio awful and dangerous. Good luck sorting this out.
0Feb 19, '09 by nurseinlimboIt's the norm where I work, 1 nurse to 50 patients is the highest ratio I have worked, with 5 PCAs on the day shift, and 3 8hr pcas on the evening shift, with 2 more that work until 9pm. Nights was 2 PCAs and an RN.
It depends on the acuity level of your patients, but this is not an unusual ratio.
0Feb 20, '09 by canoehead40 patients is 12 minutes per patient, if you don't take any breaks, and you don't answer the phone, or take off orders, or walk down the hall, etc.
How many of your patients have med passes that can be done in 12 minutes or less?
If you added treatments, can you still do up any of those patients in less than 12 minutes?
If say, 1 in 10 asks you for something that would take only 5 minutes extra, and that happens twice a day....do you say "no, wait for the CNA" or do you just do it. Since you're working so hard you take 20 minutes to inhale lunch....that's an hour. Now you've got only 10 minutes per patient.
Do the math- this job is physically impossible. Until administration learns simple math you are SOL. And now you know why you feel inadequate and rushed every time you go to work.
I wouldn't stay.