I had the very same
situation happen on a contract I was one month into. I can over to the facility to get my time sheet signed...as I wasn't scheduled to work again before it was due. When I arrived...I met the person who did the scedule...don't remember her title. This was the first and only contract I took in a LTC unit....but it was to be more acute residents...post surg...they reguried care along the lines....that they usually would be given in a hospital setting.
I was told...that they had no one to work with me on the nite I was due to come back in. She made it plain....that I would be covering three units...including a Alzhiemer locked unit...staffed with just one aid to about 25- 30 pts....plus over 100 others. The majority of the CNAs were many times agency...and most were foriegn born. I had one leave the locked unit to remove laundry one nite....to my horror.....and those poor souls had no way to get out if something had happened. I ran to the unit...even though she tried to tell me they were all asleep! I found four or five up walking around!
! I had another who tried to lie down on a sofa in the hallway...right in front of me....and another who left a resident dirty...."because the resident was asleep"!!!
I told her I would have my agency get back with her. She tried to force me to say I would do tihs...right then and there...but I stood my ground...and told her I would have my agency get back to her.
I went home and immediately called the agency...and told them what was presented to me. I was put in contact asap with the clinical director....who totally agreed with me...this was an unsafe situation..she talked to the powers that be at the agency...and it was decided...that my contract would end that day! In all the years I have never did this....but I was not
going to put myself in that position....no matter who else was willing to do.....or had done it...as the facility tried to justify!
My agency took care of me...thank God...but even if they hadn't I would not
have gone back there!!
It's up to you what you decide...but think of the worst nite you have ever had there....and how this could be repeated on the nite you're there by yourself...