I got into healthcare after September 11, along with many others who felt that they needed to do something meaningful. After finishing CNA training I started work in a nursing home.
What a slap in the face. Most people don't care about the people. The administrator is only worried about herself. She lies to her staff and then tells more lies to cover it up. I recently started nursing school
and upon hire was told that I would be supported schedule wise, didn't happen. But, I'm going off on a tangent.
Since I have been a CNA I have witnessed too much of the power over people. Aide's yelling at the resident's. Treating them like children. Aide's are generally early 20's into 30's telling 80-90 year old people how to act, how to talk, when to sleep. My thoughts are...How do we keep the dignity of our job? How do we not get sucked into that power trip after awhile?
I started this job wanting to help and lately I come home wanting to cry. In the beginning of my career I reported someone for abuse and it blew up in my face. I was ignored, talked about and not supported. I have survived that only to find myself to scared to speak up against people that act ways they shouldn't. The state is so worried about procedures. Maybe they should look at how the aide's talk to the patient's.