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  1. Hi! I'm Bryan, former (but still certified) EMT-I, now a CNA, and going to nursing school under a EMT-RN bridge program. I work two jobs, one at an skilled nursing facility and the other at a hospital med-surg. (Both as a CNA) and I'm treated miraculously different between them. I'd like to note, I'm a resilient person, and it takes a lot to get to me.

    In facility A, which is the skilled nursing facility, there is absolutely no "skilled nursing" going on. Almost all of the CNAs are lazy, there's neglect, and even some cases of abuse. I've made 3 reports, one to the state, one to police, and one to management. Where I messed up was reporting it to management, because they tried to discipline me for reporting. As far as I know, the report to police nor state went anywhere. I'm well liked by patients, I've never had to use any type of restraint ever, and I round as much as can. Many of my coworkers restrain 2-3 times daily with Alzheimer's patients, and I always end up doing stuff myself (as in; everything) that is a two person job is done myself because nobody will help. I am essentially forced to cover other people's patients as well. I get insulted regularly by coworkers and superiors.

    In facility B, (big MedSurg facility) I'm well liked by most other staff, patients as well. I feel appreciated, I have backup when I need it, I'm treated relatively like an equal, and the physicians aren't too dicky. The communication is good, and I'm kept busy in a way that isn't draining but is intellectually stimulating and physical exercise.

    Working between facility A and B, it really shreds me down. The disparity makes me feel like a bad person, bad worker, etc. I know I need to leave facility A, but I feel like I have a duty of sorts to protect patients from the neglect & abuse and make those reports. At facility B, they want me to take more hours, which I totally 100% would if I didn't have to deal with facility A. Help? Advice? Tips to ensure my sanity?
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    About BryanTheDifferent, CNA, EMT-I

    Joined: Mar '18; Posts: 3; Likes: 1

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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from BryanTheDifferent
    Hi! I'm Bryan, former (but still certified) EMT-I, now a CNA, and going to nursing school under a EMT-RN bridge program. I work two jobs, one at an skilled nursing facility and the other at a hospital med-surg. (Both as a CNA) and I'm treated miraculously different between them. I'd like to note, I'm a resilient person, and it takes a lot to get to me.

    In facility A, which is the skilled nursing facility, there is absolutely no "skilled nursing" going on. Almost all of the CNAs are lazy, there's neglect, and even some cases of abuse. I've made 3 reports, one to the state, one to police, and one to management. Where I messed up was reporting it to management, because they tried to discipline me for reporting. As far as I know, the report to police nor state went anywhere. I'm well liked by patients, I've never had to use any type of restraint ever, and I round as much as can. Many of my coworkers restrain 2-3 times daily with Alzheimer's patients, and I always end up doing stuff myself (as in; everything) that is a two person job is done myself because nobody will help. I am essentially forced to cover other people's patients as well. I get insulted regularly by coworkers and superiors.

    In facility B, (big MedSurg facility) I'm well liked by most other staff, patients as well. I feel appreciated, I have backup when I need it, I'm treated relatively like an equal, and the physicians aren't too dicky. The communication is good, and I'm kept busy in a way that isn't draining but is intellectually stimulating and physical exercise.

    Working between facility A and B, it really shreds me down. The disparity makes me feel like a bad person, bad worker, etc. I know I need to leave facility A, but I feel like I have a duty of sorts to protect patients from the neglect & abuse and make those reports. At facility B, they want me to take more hours, which I totally 100% would if I didn't have to deal with facility A. Help? Advice? Tips to ensure my sanity?
    It's great that you care about your patients and do the best job you're capable of doing, but you've also got to realize that you're at the bottom of the food chain- not at the top. If your reports have gone nowhere and you're being targeted by management, maybe it would be a good idea to step away since a better opportunity has presented itself.
    If you want to be in control of place A and everyone who works there, you need to get the education and experience that will allow you to hold such a position.
  4. by   BryanTheDifferent
    Thank you for the reply. Following the theme of opportunity, I quit today. I got called easily replaceable, and insignificant, so I left them and there.
  5. by   caliotter3
    Good for you. Save your energy for a time and a place where you can make a difference, and always look out for yourself first. No one else will.
  6. by   Wannabenurseneko
    Quote from BryanTheDifferent
    Thank you for the reply. Following the theme of opportunity, I quit today. I got called easily replaceable, and insignificant, so I left them and there.
    You did the right thing they don't deserve you anyway .

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