Should I stay at this facility???!! - page 2
Hi, I am working on my pre-reqs for the RN program. In the meantime, I decided that I would start working in a nursing home as a hospitality aide and then take their CNA course. I thought that... Read More
Jan 6, '02Wendy,
I worked my way through nursing school as a LTC CNA. I don't recommend it
because you won't be able to perform the clinical
procedures that a Patient Care Tech in a hospital does, and you
may very well hurt your back if those ratios at that home are the
Sure, they could've had a "bad" night, but two newbies on the
floor out of three CNA's should tell you that there's a high
turnover rate. Then too, the way you said they talked to the
residents? That would do it for me. There is a place for you
that is a better "fit." This one isn't it. But remember, all places have
their problems with staffing. What you are looking for
is a supportive, caring staff, willing to train you to do the clinical procedures
and teach you about the disease processes. I was told that the "backbone"
nursing skills was Med-Surg, and they were right. Although I value
my years at LTC, and I knew that was my specialty, I still did a year's
Med-Surg at a local hospital. It was awfully hard, but it was the
best thing I did.
Now I wish that I'd been a CNA in a hospital setting so I wouldn't
freak out like I did when confronted with the clinical setting.
Good Luck, Wendy, you sound like a caring person, and whatever you
decide, grit your teeth, dig your heels in, and you'll come out a winner!
Jan 8, '02Got to agree with the lady from Atlanta... what can you do to make it better? At our nursing home, staffing varies from week to week... depends on if people have sick kids, what the place down the road is paying, etc. etc. Yeah, there are some truly awful places out there and they are pretty much always awful. But then there are places like where I work... it's a decent place, but some days are just not as good as others! Those CNAs who were totally stressed out... I'll bet nobody was breaking their necks trying to help them or make them laugh or make them feel appreciated. Sometimes your good attitude and fresh idealism can be a real shot in the arm to a tired workplace. Make a difference! Don't run away from every unpleasant situation you encounter. I don't mean to sound unsympathetic. There are some situations you should run away from as fast as you can! Weigh the pros and cons and if you can't live with it, then don't. But don't throw it out just because it doesn't look like you thought it would. Good luck to you! If nothing else, this will give you GOOD compassion for those aides when you get your degree! God bless you!
Jan 9, '02I start each day of my professional life,
remembering and practicing a code of ethics.
I have a special gift from God called caring,
it is weaved within my soul.
I reach out with this gift and help others in need.
I plant a seed to watch it grow and flourish.
I nourish it, then pass it on.
For the true meaning of caring
is to love unselfishly with an undivided heart.
I administer ADL's to my residents
with respect and privacy.
I give the best care possible,
in hopes to earn their trust,
therefore, creating a confidence that will endure.
If I could look inside my residents hearts
what would I see?
All residents suffer pain from losses.
Some residents hide behind a wall of untrust,
rebellion, or rejection.
but, the majority of residents,
live out their lives accepting
our help with open arms.
It is not my place to judge,
or to change their disposition,
but to offer kindness in empathy for their griefs.
I respect their feelings,
and most important I respect and protect their rights.
I am their advocate and I will intercede for them.
It is my duty to encourage them to step forward.
To challenge rehabilitation
with dedication and determination.
I must act in a respectful and professional manner.
I put their needs first and refrain from gossip
within my life or the hardships of my profession.
I will honor their right not only to live,
but to die in dignity and self respect.
Let me not forget
that I too, may become dependant for care someday.
I could find myself destined to long term care
I hope to be given quality care,
privacy, respect and rights.
As every resident is entitled to receive.
I administer health care knowing that every man
and every woman is somebody's mother,
father, daughter or son.
Life is to short to worry
about the petty things of yesterday,
and to long to anticapate the future.
So I live for today in hopes
that any unfinished challenges
will be brought forth and conquered tommorrow.
-- Linda Fisher Adams CNA
Jan 13, '02i was a cna for 3 years in a nursing home. i worked the 2-10 shift by myself most of the time and had 27 patients to take care of. when i got there at 2 i would start getting the ones up that needed showers and get them done first then get the others up after that. all in all the residents were up and dressed, and beds were made by 4:00. i would stay on the hall to feed the ones that were bed ridden and the nurse would bring the ones that had eaten into the hall so i could put them to bed. all of the residents were in bed by 6:30 with the exception of one or two which liked to go to bed at a later time. as for you give it some time. i thought "omg i cant do this" when i first started but once you and the cna's get into a routine it will be like a snap of the finger. i wish you good luck in whatever you do.