What lies were you told when you were first hired in LTC? - page 3

by Blackcat99

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I was told that I was hired to work on one specific unit only. I then discovered one day that I was actually the "float nurse." No one bothered to tell me that I was now the "float nurse." I was told that I was going to make a... Read More


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    Quote from CT Pixie
    I guess you didn't hear them say in a voice below a whisper "ONLY when the State is in the building" hahaha.

    I can honestly say I was not lied to. Everything they said was fact. However, I guess leaving things out could be looked at as a lie. I was not told that the other floor would be the one everyone worried about, that that floor would always have the 'extra hands' when things got crazy, that the residents on that floor would be catered to and swooned over leaving MY floors residents out like the red-headed step-child. That the other floor would always be first to have the newest latest greatest equipment, gagets etc. I could go on and on. In a nut shell, the other floor is the 'favorite' child of the powers that be (administrator, DON and ADON, social services etc).
    Was this a rehab/subacute floor? The first floor in our facility was a rehab unit for people who were kicked out of the hospital but not quite ready to go home, and needed PT/OT services, and had discharge plans. The second two floors were all long term skilled nursing, people who were not going anywhere. I don't know much about insurance, but I think the first floor was paid differently/better.
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    Quote from CloudySue
    Was this a rehab/subacute floor? The first floor in our facility was a rehab unit for people who were kicked out of the hospital but not quite ready to go home, and needed PT/OT services, and had discharge plans. The second two floors were all long term skilled nursing, people who were not going anywhere. I don't know much about insurance, but I think the first floor was paid differently/better.
    Both floors have a mix of short term/rehab and LTC, while the 'favorite' floor had 8 dedicated beds strictly to rehab/short term and the other floor didn't. The favoritism wasn't really a matter of which beds paid the most (because my floor has more private rooms/private pay than the other floor had rehab beds and the $ they get for the private rooms is more than what insurance pays for the rehab. (I have a medical insurance background).
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    In my facility all staff do answer call lights but that is the extent of it. For instance, if the secretary walks in and answers a call light, she simply comes out and tells the nearest Nurse or CNA what the resident needs/wants. This can happen over and over. One of the reasons I prefer nightshifts, lol!
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    In my facility all staff do answer call lights but that is the extent of it. For instance, if the secretary walks in and answers a call light, she simply comes out and tells the nearest Nurse or CNA what the resident needs/wants. This can happen over and over. One of the reasons I prefer nightshifts,lol!
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    Quote from LTCangel
    In my facility all staff do answer call lights but that is the extent of it. For instance, if the secretary walks in and answers a call light, she simply comes out and tells the nearest Nurse or CNA what the resident needs/wants. This can happen over and over. One of the reasons I prefer nightshifts, lol!
    I worked the activities dept. while I was in nursing school. I tried as much as I could to get call lights when I could, but that seemed to be the case for me as well. I'd have to go find someone to do whatever it was they needed. So then I'm delayed in my task, and the nurse or CNA was irritated w me for bothering them (or be flat out nasty), often w something they already knew about or lower on their priority list at that very moment.

    However, if I did NOT answer call bells, (which sometimes I was guilty of, I did actually have tasks to do that needed to be completed) a couple of smarmy CNAs would mutter under their breaths about it (no shock they were the same ones who would be irritated w me when I DID go to them with c/b requests). Years later one in particular decided to throw this in my face when I was her nurse supervisor and I asked her to please answer a call bell.

    There's absolutely no pleasing malcontents.
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    Quote from LTCangel
    In my facility all staff do answer call lights but that is the extent of it. For instance, if the secretary walks in and answers a call light, she simply comes out and tells the nearest Nurse or CNA what the resident needs/wants. This can happen over and over. One of the reasons I prefer nightshifts,lol!
    Our facility only hires CNAs as ward secretaries. It's great. If there's no orders to note or appointments to schedule or whatever, the secretary can help on the floor. They can help feed at meals, toilet people if they have a chance or ambulate people. Of course, it can be hard to juggle two roles, but look at how many hats nurses wear. Share the wealth! I don't know why all facilities don't do this.

    With that said, I agree with cloudySue hay some CNAs will never be satisfied. If I'm too busy with meds to answer a call light they mutter that I'm lazy. If I answer it and tell them mrs Jones is wet, I'm still lazy. And if I stop my med pass and change her myself , they are suspicious that I'm trying to make them look bad or something. Some people will find something to b**** about no matter what.
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    Quote from lovingtheunloved
    They told me they actually cared about the residents. Turns out that was a big fat lie.
    Ditto. ;>)
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    "Our nurses have plenty of time to get their work done. It just takes learning how to prioritize."

    Sure.
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    With that said, I agree with cloudySue hay some CNAs will never be satisfied. If I'm too busy with meds to answer a call light they mutter that I'm lazy. If I answer it and tell them mrs Jones is wet, I'm still lazy. And if I stop my med pass and change her myself , they are suspicious that I'm trying to make them look bad or something. Some people will find something to b**** about no matter what.[/QUOTE]

    This is so true you hit the nail right on the head! It's also true in any workplace besides healthcare.
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    Thanks to all for your great comments. I just thought of a lie I hear every month. It is "All of the MAR's and TAR's are completed and ready for changeover for the first day of the month." Thank GOD I am going to a party tonight instead of going to work tonight for the "changeover nightmare." Good luck to all who have to work tonight.
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