I'm a CNA in an LTC Facility ( was, until they terminated me. . . I injured myself taking care of a patient, and missed several days of work )
As a CNA in LTC. . . on 7a-7p shift, I have seen it common to have 12-18 residents, and we're required to give each resident a bed bath, help dress them, feed many, do wet checks every two hours, assist with therapy, monitor rehab dining, as well as paperwork, trash, and worrying about the laundry -- or, lack there of. . . I managed, but, my patients NEVER got the care they deserved, OR needed. It's rather difficult on a day shift to change the depends of 10-12 residents every two hours, in between doing vitals, showers, baths, feeding, bedmaking, other houskeeping duties. . . . We need to lower the CNA Ratio. I've seen where they're trying to make it 1CNA:5Patient during days ( until like 3pm?) and then gradually increase the patient number as the shift goes on. I could EASILY handle 20 residents on night shift, but even 12 on day shift is too much.
I've seen LPNs and RNs with as many as 20, 25 patients on a day shift, running around like chickens with their heads cut off, trying to do treatments, and medications, and paperwork, and answer family questions, and handle admission evaluations. . . many times, that has been passed off to me. . . . I feel sorry for the LPN's and RN's, but. . . as a CNA, I much more relate to our plight.
Staffing regulations in the healthcare industry, especially the LTC field, are in favor of the business, rather than the patient. As a CNA we're trained that we're not just nursing staff, we're cosmotoligsts, and massage therapists, social workers, friends, ministers, and, although our primary function is the physical well being of our residents, that we are also to tend to their EVERY need, from making their hair look pretty, helping with make-up, and listening, when they want to talk. It hurts me to have 15 patients during the day shift, and have one say. . . Brian, do you have a few minutes so we can just talk? And have to say. . . I'm sorry, right now I don't have the time, but I'll come in and sit with you on my lunch, or after my shift is over.
I was injured, transferring a patient. . . I damaged my MCL in my right knee, and had serious trouble walking, let alone doing anything else. I missed four days of work because of this work-related-injury. . . was NOT given a BWC card or anything, so that I could see a physician, and THEN, my employment was terminated. If staffing ratios were reduced, the jobs of the RN, LPN, CNA would be much less stressful, the patients would recieve MUCH better care, and the facilities would recieve fewer call-offs, fewer patient injuries, and fewer staff injuries.
My vote: Thumbs down.