I am not concerned about the "relationship" more than what the reaction of management and nurses duty to inform or not to inform the families. I think everyone needs someone to love- to hold. The situation has blown over so far- the two have been out and about holding hands but nothing sexual. Maybe it was just a time for passion. It's the dementia/alzheimers specialized community that we are working under that really makes the situation a little more confusing- we can't just allow whoever wants to have sex in their room to go at it...or can we? These are the things they DON'T teach in nursing school
...This particular couple did seem to both know what they were doing, and it was also kind of like they were reliving their younger days. I guess we'll just have to wait it out and see how everything goes...
Onto another note- I was a CNA for 3 yrs- so I really respect my CNA's. I know what it's like to be paid at a minimum rate and have to do a TON of hard, back breaking work- it's tough taking care of older people. It's also tough being an LPN- I'm the only nurse on evenings- for 104 residents. It's assisted living- but it's still really difficult because there's always someone falling and I have to stop my med pass to go assess my residents. Without the help of my cna's and caregivers- the whole place would really be a nut house. I rely on them to be my eyes and ears for my residents- especially when they do notice a difference in one of my residents or see a skin tear, etc. Sometimes, I do get frustrated because a cna will call me and tell me I need to go do this and I'll let them know that I am on my supper break- and they'll say "well I need help giving this person a shower if you want it to get done!" ... it's really disrespectful because for one, I am the nurse and I have a ton of responsibilities, and because they expect me to stop my break to help them. I am told I am their favorite nurse there (out of the 4).... but I have to learn to show them respect like they have to learn to respect me. It makes for a more peaceful environment.
Anywho- I feel better- and thanks for all the comments! Sometimes we all just have to vent!!!