Sitters/CNA's: Thank you for "doing nothing" - page 4
by CheesePotato 19,921 Views | 38 Comments
Two mornings ago I received a distraught phone call from my mother telling me that my dad, who is suffering with end stage COPD, spine compression fractures, and a distinct lack of proper narcotic metabolism, became flighty,... Read More
- 0Mar 27, '13 by royhanosnno! Its a sitter...baby sitter for adults. unless they come with a nursing background or proper training, OR just have the talent, you expect them to perform properly when dad goes ballastic.
The post was good, and dramatic, but the point was clear as to what you father was like. Is he being preped for a ALZ warehouse?
We used to care for these people years back, and it aint easy. But we were trained and injured a lot for unseen things that they reacted to.
- 1Mar 27, '13 by paddleladyCare giving is sometimes a thankless job except for the pay check. It is wonderful that you have greatly appreciated this person. Caring for you dad in his current condition is a constant vigilance. I have been there taking care of these patients and it is second to second as they have a certain strength within their frailty and confused states. Whether it is the medications, blood gases off the charts and a combo of everything this is person that needs so much caregiving as safety is a concern.
I wish your dad and family the best this is very hard to see our parent this way.
- 3Mar 27, '13 by annbabolMarch 29 ab
To be a sitter is not an easy task, if you don't have the heart of caring other people you can't just do it, this job is very noble and yet it is belittled, for those who appreciate this work, I salute you
- 2Mar 28, '13 by EsthyLadyBeautiful, thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad your father is okay! I am currently a CNA, registered to start my LPN program shortly, and I have to say, after quietly caring for so many people in the most basic ways (company, feeding fall prevention, hygiene etc) that the nurses and doctors aren't involved in, few people have ever bothered to thank me or any of the other techs I work with. It's so nice to now that we do good and that at leas someone notices! Bless you!
- 0Apr 22, '13 by calivianyaSitting is absolutely the worst job in the hospital, and anyone who disagrees has never done it. I am a nurse tech and I get floated to sit a lot because the hospital will pull techs to sit if there are not enough sitters. I can't decide which patients are worst - the dementia patients who are angry and combative and cuss/hit/bite, or the suicide precautions guy I had the other night from 2300-0700 who claimed that he couldn't sleep with any light or noise and turned the TV off, closed the room door, and put the room into total pitch darkness for the whole shift. Every minute feels like an hour when you have no stimulation to keep you awake, aren't allowed reading materials, and just have to stare into the darkness... oh, and did I mention he started masturbating halfway through the night? Ugh.Last edit by calivianya on Apr 22, '13 : Reason: Spelling