I wish someone had told me that when I got my certification. I ended up being hired at a LTC that is in state jeporady. That has State there every damn day. That has the worst record in my state and is the 5th worst in the country. I resigned after only 5 miserable weeks because I was in fear for my lisence.
So to all the new CNAs out there, please go to your states's health department website and look at the faclities records before applying.
Apr 20, '09
I wanted to let you know that you can check with your state regarding evaluations of the nursing home you may be thinking about working at.
I am sorry that you had a bad experience. Unfortunately, money and the lack of hard working people willing to be there for the people and not just the money is a problem.
Please do not think that they are all like the one that you worked for. Yes, there are a lot in this pile but there are some great nursing homes with employees that work together to make it the nice place it should and needs to be.
Good luck and hopefully you will do some research and find the perfect place to work!
Apr 20, '09
Thanks I know that now. I actually was just hired at our local hospital where I know they have a good reputation as well as wonderful ppl that work there. It all worked out in the end for me but I would hate for another person to go through what I went through. It was hard for me to resign, since I had already grown soo close to the residents. I really wish though, that I was taught that information during the CNA class. It was a shock and disapointment when I found out that they were in state jeporady and that they had state there every other day.
Apr 20, '09
Sorry you had such a bad experience. Things that are warnings also - strong urine smell when you walk in, ask if they use a hopper, check if hooyer lifts are being used, check the shower if possible. Nursing homes that are privatley owned medicare/medicaid for profit are usualy high patient to CNA ratio. If the company offers tuition reimbursement it is usualy a company interested in retaining it's employees. Bless you for being so strong and hanging in there for so long - many CNAs would have quit after a couple of shifts without giving notice. Sadly it is the patients who suffer. We have to be as strong for ourselves as we are for our patients. Good Luck!
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