Quote from Krissy NY
I am 32 and the other CNA's I work with are 21 or 22. They are extremely unprofessional...admitting to me that they "make up temps" and "make up weights" "why waste time on that when you can go outside and have a cigerette???"
It sickens me. They do not answer call bells.
Please tell me it is not always like this.
"Making up" information and documenting it is falsifying records, and these CNA's can lose their license for doing that (sounds like they should anyway). Not answering call bells constitutes resident abuse.
Try to feel out other CNA's or nurses that maybe feel the same way you do. There's power in numbers, esp. when you go to administration. If they won't do anything, call the state immediately. You don't have to give your name, and they will look into it ASAP.
No, not all LTC facilities are like this. I have worked in some good ones, and the not so good ones I get out of quickly. Maybe you should consider doing the same.
Long term care can be such a challenging and rewarding place to work, don't waste your skills and compassion in a place that doesn't adequately supervise their staff.
Whatever you decide to do, PLEASE report this to the state. I'm sure admin knows about these CNA's and has heard complaints about them before. Lots of times management doesn't want to deal with these types of problems, and that's when the state needs to get involved.
Good luck and let us know how you are doing!