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CNA pressured to work sick

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by kyle33 kyle33 (New) New Student

Specializes in CNA. Has 2 years experience.

I work as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility. A coworker of mine recently tested positive for covid and I began showing symptoms of being sick a few days earlier. My boss refuses to test me, makes me feel guilty for calling in sick (even went as far as to say that she thinks I have allergies). Shes completely ignoring the fact that I could have had contact with someone with covid. We've received frightening little information about the employee who tested positive. I feel like the staff isn't being properly protected, they aren't taking Covid seriously and that my job is threatened for me taking sick time. I understand the need to be fully staffed during these times but the amount of stress and tension and lack of support I have felt from my supervisor is really disconcerting. What should I do in this situation?

Orion81RN

Has 7 years experience.

You need to take care of you and not go and spread whatever you have to your residents. My grandma might have to be released to a nursing home for rehab soon (if its not covid) and if I heard that was happening at that facility KNOWINGLY putting MY family at risk, I would bankrupt myself if I had to and get a lawyer to sue. That says a lot coming from me considering I hate the law suit mentality.

Have your PCP order a test for you and deal with this. Your physician will put you on quarantine since your employer won’t allow you to self quarantine. And be ready to go to a hospital if you must.

She likely would of said the same thing if we weren't in a Covid-19 panic. Now it just makes her words more callous.

I picked up a part-time job at a nursing home for 3 months. I typically work at a hospital. I left at the first of January. I wouldn't be surprised if many of their residents have Covid-19. Once I had allergies and asked for a mask. I was told that it would make the residents feel uncomfortable. They had isolated residents in the same room, as those who were not. No hand sanitizers on the walls. They wanted to have that homey feel.

Dhooy7

Has 5 years experience.

8 hours ago, Orion81RN said:

You need to take care of you and not go and spread whatever you have to your residents. My grandma might have to be released to a nursing home for rehab soon (if its not covid) and if I heard that was happening at that facility KNOWINGLY putting MY family at risk, I would bankrupt myself if I had to and get a lawyer to sue. That says a lot coming from me considering I hate the law suit mentality.

I agree you need to talk to your manager about this and not spread it. The elderly are very vulnerable in nursing homes.

kyle33

Specializes in CNA. Has 2 years experience.

My doctor has issued me to self-quarantine and has ordered me a test which is good. They are being very helpful and supportive.

On 4/11/2020 at 6:31 PM, DesiDani said:

She likely would of said the same thing if we weren't in a Covid-19 panic. Now it just makes her words more callous.

I picked up a part-time job at a nursing home for 3 months. I typically work at a hospital. I left at the first of January. I wouldn't be surprised if many of their residents have Covid-19. Once I had allergies and asked for a mask. I was told that it would make the residents feel uncomfortable. They had isolated residents in the same room, as those who were not. No hand sanitizers on the walls. They wanted to have that homey feel.

No they didn't.