has anyone out there done clinicals in a nursing home? what is it like to work in one? why are there so many job vacancies for them?
Jul 8, '99
We all had to put our time in a nursing home as a student. My experience wasn't too bad. However, when I was in CNA school it was a terrible experience. Here's a great story for you: I was training as a CNA in the local SNF in my home town. The CNA that was working with this bed ridden very old woman was showing me how to give a bed bath. She washed the patient EVERYWHERE. Pericare, feet, bottom everything. Then she used the same water, stuck her toothbrush in it and brushed the patient's teeth with that water. I was absolutely horrified. Needless to say, I never worked as a CNA after that. I went straight into nursing school and promised never to let anyone treat any of my patient's with such disrespct. I hope you have a better experience then I did.
Jul 12, '99
I, too, worked in a nursing home as a CNA before and during nursing school. I truly loved that job, although I will say that it was the most physically challenging job I will ever have, including my current job as an RN on a neurosurgical floor. But, the nursing home I worked at was an excellent facility. Behavior as described in the last posting simply would not happen. It was a county-owned facility where the CNA's were very well-paid and not kept on staff very long if poor skills were demonstrated.
As far as the number of job vacancies, my guess is that it is because the job is a challenge, the elderly can be frustrating at times, some nursing homes pay is poorer than others, and the working conditions vary from place to place as well. It can be a thankless job, and when in charge of that many CNA's, it can be difficult to get all of them to perform the way you need them to to give the quality of care your patients deserve.
Good luck to you!
Jul 15, '99
I have worked in a nursing home since 1978 starting when I was 16 years old. I started out as a nurse aide and now am in management. The benefits of working in long term care are that you get to know the patients and families vs seeing them for short periods of time like in the hospitals. Many nurses fear they may lose their skills if going into long term care, but with Medicare changes and skilled facilities this is no longer so. Actually, I am more able to utilize my skills since we don't have the "special teams" to do for us.
I suggest you give it a try. Need a job?
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