There is a CNA that is new to the job. She was trained for two weeks, and went to work on the acute side of the building. Shortly after we were told that she could not "keep up" so she was sent to LTC. Today at the end of my I was slammed with a new admit and other odds and ends that took priority. And I consider my CNAs my eyes and ears and if there is something that I should be paying more attention to they are instructed to pull me away. A patient on comfort care I was in her room and provided my cares that were needed and left four hours went by and I walked into the room to find that she had passed at least two hours prior. The CNA was no where to be seen and the patient was left in the same position I had left her in. Need less to say I was angry but couldn't help but think that this was my fault. I have been really nice to her and have been trying to guide her in the right directions but this may have been the last straw and not only did that happen but every one of her patients were soiled and not in the best conditions the rooms were a disaster. I called my DNS and she said there is nothing we can do because we need "warm bodies" I just don't know what to do. I'm going to write her up tomorrow but I feel nothing else will be done...
Yes, you can write her up but nothing will be done about it. Your DNS has informed you that nothing will be done about it. I have worked in facilities that only require CNA's to be "warm bodies" and nothing is ever done to them. They just do whatever they want.
Are you a coroner? You can tell the person had been dead for 2 hours? Wow.
If your DNS just wants warm bodies, you are shoveling you know what against the tide. Unfortunately, that's the way it is in far too many places these days. Bad employees are kept because they are better than no one. It's only going to get worse. The gas station/convenience stores around here start people at $14-$15 an hour. Who would want to take care of old people who pinch, hit, poop, and scream for a lot less money? We need to value the good employees so they understand how much we need them and how much we really appreciate what they do.
I'm confused. Were you written up or do you want to write up the CNA?
Sounds like the CNA needs more of an orientation or help with time management. Is she new to the job and new to being a CNA?
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