interceptinglight 4,898 Views
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You'll hear a whole lot of complaining about CNA work on this forum....but it won't be because people don't like their jobs. Most of the people attracted to this kind of work are those well suited to it: compassionate, caring, hard-working, good-humored. Of course, in any facility you'll also find the lazy ones, the complainers, the back-stabbers, and the control freaks, these are the ones who make CNA work more difficult....however, you'll also find people who'll tell you that they've never had a more personally rewarding job than being a CNA.
For me, dealing with incontinence and toileting has never bothered me. Probably because I'm a mom of 4. I just wish people would get over it, all the fuss about wiping rear-ends and stuff. It's just no big deal, y'know? There's nothing 'undignified' about it, it's just part of life. The most wonderful thing you can do for anyone you're taking care of is to let them feel from you that you care for them, that you don't mind giving them whatever help they need. They're just trying to survive, like all of us are.
Truth is the world would totally crumble without CNA's. Everything would just go to hell, just fall completely apart without all the wonderful talents, skills, and abilities that all CNA's possess. Hospitals would go bankrupt, LTC's would disintegrate, home health care would cease to exist!!!! All the nurses and all the doctors and all the king's horses and all the king's men could never fill all the gaps left by the lack of CNA's if we weren't there to save the world!!!! It's true!!!! CNA's -- we make the rockin' world go round!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss :bowingpur
That's my rant.
I just wanted to make a comment. There was (is?) a website called salary.com, and from experience I'd say that most of the time that the salaries for the median are on the high side. I've learned not to trust salary.com so if people still use that, I'd check out other salary calculators to compare what salaries are going for in your area. Just FYI.
Whenever you get a preceptor or someone who is orienting you and they treat you like that, mostly it is because they don't like their own job and want to try and make sure you don't like it either. Sometimes it's because they just dislike having to train people because it slows them down so they get really annoyed and try to leave you in the dust. That happened to me more than once when I was a new hire at a LTC facility. Personally, I don't understand that attitude at all....if it was up to me to train someone I would really enjoy making them feel welcome and being reassuring about all the things I freaked out about when I first started. I just don't get some people.
If more facilities were as generous as the one you work at mottema, CNA work wouldn't be considered so much of a low-paying job. Bonuses for taking extra shifts? Wow unheard of!! In my opinion, that's the way it should be. To a great degree, CNA's are not really paid what they're worth and being called in to cover the shift of someone who calls off should be rewarded instead of just expected but not compensated. Facilities are always looking for ways to cut costs and paying CNA's as little as they can get away with is sometimes the solution.....which unfortunately leads to a higher attrition rate and a higher turnover of employees ends up being expensive when you have to retrain new people all the time.
Right now you better think of yourself first. Hurting your back is no joke and it could end your career as a CNA and possibly ruin your life. Being denied workman's comp from the facility you work for is going to cost you much more than resigning your position there and seeking another. A former CNA where I live has had 5 back surgeries to date........that's the thanks she got for her work. It's good that you have documentation about the do-nothing management's actions in the face of practices that are not only dangerous to you who work for them, but also for the resident !!! If you feel a sense of responsibility and want to do something about this situation, seek out advice about the best course of action. Hard for me to believe that a Union can be so impotent in such a situation!!! Don't try and be a 'lone wolf'......get some backing and legal support.
The facility I work (long-term care) is more likely to fire people for doing dangerous transfers such as you described than it is to force their employees to put their health at risk. We've had many difficult, combative, and even violent residents who resisted using lifts. What's hilarious is that the very worst one we had, a 300 lb lady, when faced with the prospect of using a lift -- well, she suddenly became a one-person transfer and was easily able to stand on her own. She still was combative and horrible to work with, but at least she decided she'd rather bear her own weight than let people use a huge crane to get her in and out of bed.
Please seek out independent advice what to do with your situation. Don't be afraid, there are laws prohibiting people being fired for whistle-blowing. I wish you wellness and success in doing something proactive at your job. Let us know what comes of this.
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