If you have ever worked in LTC you have seen it all. Staff shortages, neglect and abuse top the list. Some nurses / CNA's do it because they love it, some because "it pays more than Wally World". In truth I think the latter started with the best intentions but became complacent with the reality of it all. When you work in LTC, you know you're not going to "save" a life but you want to give your "family" every comfort possible. I can't imagine anything worse than knowing one is being abused / neglected YET absolutely nothing will stop it. Most won't report it for fear of retaliation, alienation and even job loss. Oh yeah...all have happened, BUT why
? So here's my thing - I want to stir the hornet's nest but to do so I need your advice, opinions etc.
- Why did you become a CNA?
- Do you feel you are a valued employee?
- Is reporting abuse / neglect an option? If no, why not?
- Do you have a CNA support group? Would it help?
- What changes do you want to see? How can they be accomplished?