Abusive Cna! - page 3

Hi guys. Well, as some of you know, I will be starting nursing school in fall, but for now I am taking pre-req's and am in CNA school every weekend. I love it, and will graduate as a CNA in May.... Read More

  1. Visit  Fiona59 profile page
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    Protection of Persons in Care Act governs care in Nursing Homes in Alberta. There is a 1800 number you can call without giving your name.

    I saw it used against two staff members who richly deserved it and also saw staff threatened by it. Who is to describe what a tone of voice is? Are you really shouting at or is the resident hard of hearing?

    I think that piece of legislation was badly slanted in favour of the resident and their families and totally hostile to staff.

    Facilities have signs saying "We do not tolerate abuse of our staff or or residents" and other platitudes. BUT they are very reluctant to stop abuse of staff. I know of one pregnant CNA who lost her baby when kicked by an elderly resident. Nothing was done because "he has dementia and isnt responsible" Another was attacked by a drunk resident with his cane and walker, again nothing was done because "we know he's an alcoholic, how did you approach him?" It seems staff are always wrong and got themselves abused. When one lpn tried to have assault charges laid she was told go ahead and be dismissed. The union intervened pretty fast. And most cops I know have no problem with it.

    The facilities just dont want trouble and staff are replacable.
  2. Visit  PHTLS profile page
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    Quote from Louisepug
    Hi guys.
    Well, as some of you know, I will be starting nursing school in fall, but for now I am taking pre-req's and am in CNA school every weekend. I love it, and will graduate as a CNA in May. Anyway, I have a question/concern. My class has been doing clinicals in the ECU of a certain hospital every Sunday thus far. Now, I personally really enjoy working with the elderly, but am aware it's not for everyone. Apparently though, it is certainly not for the staffed CNA that already works on the floor. Granted, I know I am a "visitor" in her hospital when I do my clinicals, but what my fellow students and I have witnessed is abuse in my opinion. This past sunday, not only did this CNA snap at my classmates and me a few dozen times for no reason, but more importantly she was so mean to the patients. There was this very ill elderly woman on an NG tube, catheter, about 80 lbs. and had muscles that were pretty much atrophied in the fetal position. Everytime someone would try and bathe her she would scream. I know that this must be difficult to hear each day, but the CNA on the floor came into the patients room to "help" my classmate with her care and the lady started to scream. The CNA said very angrily, "If she's gonna do that, just let her lie there!" She also threw the patients around very roughly like a sack of potatos and cussed profanely in front of them about their "stool" being everywhere! It was horrifying to see, and I know from stories on here that this stuff occurs all over. What I don't understand is, if someone like this woman obviously hates what she is doing, why not quit and work as a waitress or something? It surely pays better. Whay would she continue to stay and abuse patients? It's just really heart-wrenching to see and makes me really sad. I believe my instructer reported her, but I know for a fact that this CNA has been reported before, and she's STILL there! :angryfire What can be done about people like this? How can we save the vaulnerable from abusive people like this?? Sorry if I seem so dramatic, it's just that this is the first,(and I'm sure not last) time that I've witnessed this kind of behavior personally. Thanks for letting me vent. Louisepug
    That stupid CNA needs to get fired. I've been a CNA for 5+ years in acute care and long term and you don't behave unprofessionally like that to the pt's or staff/students. She's either bitter or just showing off being an *** wiper.
  3. Visit  AmethystVeralyn profile page
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Protection of Persons in Care Act governs care in Nursing Homes in Alberta. There is a 1800 number you can call without giving your name.

    I saw it used against two staff members who richly deserved it and also saw staff threatened by it. Who is to describe what a tone of voice is? Are you really shouting at or is the resident hard of hearing?

    I think that piece of legislation was badly slanted in favour of the resident and their families and totally hostile to staff.

    Facilities have signs saying "We do not tolerate abuse of our staff or or residents" and other platitudes. BUT they are very reluctant to stop abuse of staff. I know of one pregnant CNA who lost her baby when kicked by an elderly resident. Nothing was done because "he has dementia and isnt responsible" Another was attacked by a drunk resident with his cane and walker, again nothing was done because "we know he's an alcoholic, how did you approach him?" It seems staff are always wrong and got themselves abused. When one lpn tried to have assault charges laid she was told go ahead and be dismissed. The union intervened pretty fast. And most cops I know have no problem with it.

    The facilities just dont want trouble and staff are replacable.
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    When you work for any employer you should not ever
    assume that they have your best interest at heart.
    That CNA who lost her baby should
    have filed a lawsuit against that facility. It was
    rude of them to tell her he has dementia like that
    must be an excuse for her baby to die. When you
    hear excuses like these they are a symptom of
    their blatent indifference to their workers.
    I have also been put in situations with
    patients where I was in danger and my co workers
    were furious when I refused to cooperate with them
    and risk getting punched in the face or hurting
    my back or dropping the patient.

    My advice to anyone
    is to have enough self respect NOT to go to work
    if they don't protect your welfare! You can report
    unsafe working conditions to the labor board
    and also know that the patients have the same
    rights and NOT MORE RIGHTS than the rest of us.
    They don't have a right to injure you just because
    they're demented.
    When your co workers refuse to help you with
    an aggressive patient they are broadcasting
    their lack of concern for your safety and dignity.

    I had this experience in a place where they
    claim to be working, "as a team." I was lucky
    not to lose a baby or end up being injured.
    Last edit by AmethystVeralyn on Oct 12, '04


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