I am a worried CNA - page 2

Hello I am a CNA at a large long term care health care facility, most of my residents have alzheimers or are quite combative I am 32 and the other CNA's I work with are 21 or 22. They are... Read More

  1. by   bluesky
    Quote from pcelest2003
    That is rather unfortunate. I worked in a LTC for 30 minutes and punched out

    :chuckle I made it for 3 1/2 hrs before I checked out. It takes a special, very special human being to be a great CNA in an LTC setting. Their pay is a REAL travesty.
  2. by   pcelest2003
    blusky,

    It was so hard for me and yes the pay was 5.50 and I had 26 residents to get toileted and dressed. But, I must say some of the aid in LTC are very interesting to work with. In addition, there is always a shortage of supplies so we had to use draw sheets as diapers. I was glad to work med/surg after that experience I've gained allot of exp now I'm in NICU/Postpartum as a tech. Sweet, huh? and male!
  3. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    The ultimate guide on how i care for residents or patients:

    "What if this person was my mother. What if they were my father."
    That's very nice and everyone should think like that but I don't care how much you care when there are a lot of residents and only one of you you just can't give the care that you want to give.
  4. by   itsme
    That is true, not alot of time to give the care you want, but a lack of time is NO excuse for neglect.
  5. by   MryRose
    These people need to be reported to DON and also to the licensing board to make sure the facility doesn't just talk to them. There is no excuse.

    I took a CNA course as part of my early journey into nursing. I have to say I was appalled at the amount of patients piled onto the CNA. I decided to pass on working as a CNA to go fulltime to school. My best friend went ahead and is working as a CNA while we take classes for RN program. I am amazed at the stories she tells of her co-workers and how they take care of thier patients. Many times, she goes to DON and explains what is happening.... not much changes. SHe is fed up and worried what will happen to her patients if she leaves.

    I think the inspections should be random and not announced. It's ridiculous to think they are getting a "true" inspection of a facility when everyone knows they are coming. Random inspections would shake up this country as to the quality of care patients are really getting.

    Peace,

    MaryRose
  6. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Quote from itsme
    That is true, not alot of time to give the care you want, but a lack of time is NO excuse for neglect.
    That is true, but whenever a resident or residents have to wait for you because you were busy with somebody else or for any other reason, that is neglect.
  7. by   Stephanie D
    Quote from MryRose
    These people need to be reported to DON and also to the licensing board to make sure the facility doesn't just talk to them. There is no excuse.

    I took a CNA course as part of my early journey into nursing. I have to say I was appalled at the amount of patients piled onto the CNA. I decided to pass on working as a CNA to go fulltime to school. My best friend went ahead and is working as a CNA while we take classes for RN program. I am amazed at the stories she tells of her co-workers and how they take care of thier patients. Many times, she goes to DON and explains what is happening.... not much changes. SHe is fed up and worried what will happen to her patients if she leaves.

    I think the inspections should be random and not announced. It's ridiculous to think they are getting a "true" inspection of a facility when everyone knows they are coming. Random inspections would shake up this country as to the quality of care patients are really getting.

    Peace,

    MaryRose

    I completely agree with you, Mary Rose. In my town the nursing home is under investigation. Seems two CNA's was tired of dealing with their patient, took him to the bathroom, turned the light off on him and left him to fend for himself. After two hours the poor man tried to get up and fell and broke his hip and died. There have also been other countless numbers of incidents of the residents breaking their hips because of lack of care from the CNA's. Don't get me wrong, there are great nurses and CNA's everywhere you look but the one's who purposely ignore their patients so they can go to the "smoke room" should be fired and replaced by someone who will take their job seriously.
  8. by   Tweety
    Great advice here. Good luck getting out of there.
  9. by   Krissy NY
    I really want to thank al of you for your replies. I read every one of them. I also agree that it takes a very special person to work with this population.

    In fact..I have a resident who is 97 yrs old and loves classical music, she has been put on comfort cares as of Fri., yesterday I was at Linens and Things with my boyfriend shopping and they had Cd's where you can press a button and hear it...ofcourse I picked one that my resident (Margarite) loved and the tears just rolled down my cheeks. I do not know if she is still with us and won't until tomorrow.

    Back to the topic. I put in a floor change but was denied. Too overstaffed. I have to stay with this shift.

    The other day we had 4 girls..a blessing. Unfortunately I am the 1 out of 4 who gives a damn about the residents. After dinner I was busy doing my 2nd turns while the others had a pizza party and made jokes over how I never take a break

    When I get my LPN I am going to be a major Hard A** on these girls...Sopranos style LOL

    If I ever had my dad in a place like this and I saw such goings on I would be furious

    Krissy
    Last edit by Krissy NY on Mar 28, '04
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Krissy you sound like a wonderful caring CNA whom I would love to work with. I have started jobs in LTC where I have observed the culture of the place supporting behaviors like you describe and it can be very difficult to change that culture without becoming a victim yourself.
  11. by   Justus
    I was recently hired at the LTC where my father had lived his last years. I spent the first several hours of orientation getting to know my new "family". As second shift came on I was instructed to spend the next couple of hours reading the employee handbook (poorly written /repetitive/ much that did not apply to me in the least). While reading I was joined by 3 MTs (not cert.) and one CNA.(Later I found they were the ONLY nurses in the building.) What followed was a series of contiuous smoke breaks, ranting sessions and power play. They thought I was a "newby, about 20" and that I could be lead by my nose and cowed into whatever position they wished. I was told not to say anything about what went on during that shift and threats were made of consequence. They proceeded to curse the patients, slam doors in their face, leave the med room unattended and open, openly make fun of patients. etc, etc.
    I left in tears, not from hurt but from outrage. My father was here , I just promised my "family" I would see them in the morning! Already I was attatched and being forced into the only thing I could do. I returned early the next morning and made clear and precise why I would not, could not, work for this facility. I was assured this would be "nipped in the bud and that heads are gonna roll".
    :angryfireThey were reprimanded.:angryfire

    Until there are major changes in our LTC things will not get any better.Those changes start with one CNA. Damn a "few warm bodies"- we must have nurses with heart & soul ! Obviously none of us are there for the $, I could do half as much at W Mart and make as much or more. DOCUMENT everything. REPORT everything. By doing so you protect youself but more importantly you are protecting your patient(s).
  12. by   Krissy NY
    The last I posted here was my concern for a resident of mine who was on comfort cares (a classical music lover who I played CD's for...despite some of the nasty CNA's sneaking in to shut it off and slam her door)

    I went in the next day to see her sign with her name on her door was gone. I went to make my cart. THere was one of the nastier CNA's there and I said "so and so" is gone??" and she snapped "she's dead!" and looked at me like I was an idiot. This same person has expressed relief when a resident dies because it is less work. This same person has her jacket on headed for the door for her cigerette break every time I look, on her smoke break she enjoys starting trouble between the other CNA's. I went to management with this and was told to "grow up" "how old are you?????" "get back up there and do your job" All of this by an overweight miserable supervising RN with great big googly glasses and bleach blonde hair with the black roots pourng from her head who spit saliva as she spoke "at" me. She threatened my job so I went back upstairs.

    Her solution was to meet with the two CNA's I described to her. Well, she told them everything I said and my job has been 10 times worse. I have even received phone calls at my home from one of the CNA's saying that because of me she is going to lose her job and she has 3 kids.

    Maybe I should have just kept quiet. You know some of these young women CNA's have criminal backgrounds. One was in jail. THe other day at dinner I heard a girl ask "where is yo baby daddy" to a CNA and she replied "he in jail"
    excust the politically incorrect language but I want to be descriptive as possible.

    My family says "stick it out, pay your bills, go back to school...pay no attention to them" I have to keep my coat and bag locked in the car because I have had things stolen including completed inservice packages.

    They are viscious. What should I do?
  13. by   lizmatt
    Ummm... I just wanted to comment that some of your post seemed a little bit closed minded. I totally understand not being happy with people when they are not doing thier job, but would like to encourage you to look past people's situations that are different than your own. Anyway I am sorry that work is not going so well for you. Good luck.

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