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Cna scrub crazy!

Kimcan38 Kimcan38 (New) New

I am currently working for a nursing home waiting to take my CNA exam! I love love love my job however it is very stressful at times. Accunurse I would like to throw in the toilet, and all the demands put on us is cray cray! My latest obsession is scrubs. My closet is full already and I've only worked since January lol I feel that working with elderly people u should be able to wear whatever color scrubs you want.. Why does it have to be so professional? Bright happy colors make me feel bright and happy which sets the mood for the day with the sweet residents, but I absolutely despiseeeee Accunurse!!!! Documenting is NOT resident friendly!! Anyone else want to chunk the lady saying a resident has 15 things to document??? Seriously?? I'm starting LVN in January and I am super excited!! Want to start low key then move to a busy emergency room!

hope all goes well with you in your LVN classes. As for scubs I am working for Home Care and we do not wear scrubs. We have to wear kaki or black paints, with shirts that have our logo on it, or a plain color shirt with no writing on it. I actually had to buy myself a pair of scrubs to take my CNA states test. Once worn for maybe 2 hours and may never wear again.:sarcastic:

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be thankful for the choice, we have to wear uniform

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If you're going for your LVN, be prepared: They will likely require you to wear a specific style and color. CNA or LVN, we are professionals and should look and conduct ourselves as such. Not sure what Accunurse is but if it is your method of charting, it is essential you use it. That is money to your facility. Without documentation of behaviors, residents who need meds to control behaviors won't get them. And if you don't like cleaning up residents after they've been given milk of mag or a suppository, it is imperative that you chart those BMs.

Totally get that it's a must to have everything documented, but I have heard of easier ways documenting on computers.. Not an annoying ear piece that takes time away from the patients.. As far as a being professional .. I agree as well and I know once I become an LVN the scrubs will change to one color, but for now.. I can wear colorful fun scrubs that the residents enjoy too:)

Another thing.. If I have a resident needing meds for a mood.. I go directly to the charge nurse and it is handled. Never had any problems with them getting meds they need. Do not have to document moods.. Our nurses are awesome!


Specializes in Geriatrics.

I loooove wearing scrubs! I also love the really cute, fun and colorful ones, especially ones with animal designs. When I worked at a nursing home, we had a color code but my current CNA job doesn't have any sort of required color, so I can wear whatever fun scrubs I want. It just depends on where you work a lot of the time.

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Another thing.. If I have a resident needing meds for a mood.. I go directly to the charge nurse and it is handled. Never had any problems with them getting meds they need. Do not have to document moods.. Our nurses are awesome!

They don't have to document why the med was given?? Really? While I will give PRN meds when necessary it's important to see/observe the moods requiring the meds. Before we can give the PRN's (the State mandates) that we try other non-pharmacological ways to alter the behavior/mood. Meds are the last resort.

Are you sure the nurse isn't charting the mood? I have a hard time believing that a nurse in any LTC facility can just give a PRN med without having to document what caused him/her to medicate the patient. Even to give a PRN tylenol, a reason for it must be given (resident c/o pain, discomfort, resident running fever...etc). All the facilities I did clinicals in had to document the reason for a PRN med, the hospital I do my RN clinicals also require a reason documented for a PRN med.

I know that some of the documentation is monotonus, but much of it is def needed. Wait until you get into nursing school, you have no idea how much documentation is done, because in the eyes of the Law, the State, the facility....if it wasn't charted/documented, it wasn't done.

At my job I have to wear hunter green scrubs :-(

Lol we have to wear navy blue scrubs to work and as hot as it gets here in sc this is no picnic by any means. These scrubs draw heat and the ac is always and forever broken here 😔. I'm looking forward to starting nursing school hopefully in January if not then august and being able to wear white scrubs yayyyyy!!!!

As far as the charting goes ours sucks too. We have to use these stupid kiosk and when these hallways are hot it's painful. But i don't mind it too much since I work night shift and my lovely residents usually sleep 😊

Agree with you 100% on AccuNurse, about a month or two ago we switched to that from CareTracker (which uses kiosks), and it easily quadrupled our workload. I used to complain about the kiosks, but I'd never do anything but smile if we went back to them! We used to be able to wear any color scrubs we wanted, but they changed a while back to having CNA's wear one color and nurses a different color, I do understand it though, we are supposed to be professional. Just remember, not all that long ago everyone had to wear white and had to wear a hat with stripes on it to identify them as a nurse aide, LPN, or RN! And most places required that they wear skirts! So scrubs are definitely an improvement, even if you do have to wear one certain color! Good luck!

Because we are supposed to BE professional. Anyway, just be thankful for the chance of scrubs, over here this is our uniform: http://www.trinityhospice.org.uk/sites/default/files/Nurses%20in%20uniform%20Page%202%20smaller.jpg (colours vary by place of work).

And those things are thick, hot and just horrible!

Oh, Katie... those look so uncomfortable and they are terribly ugly.

My condolences from across the sea!


As far as professionalism, it does not matter if you are an aide up to your elbows in poop, you must look sharp... at least when you come on shift (because by mid-shift, not too many of us are looking too fresh anymore).

Documentation is key.

A good example is bowel movements.

If you don't doc the BM's, then the nurse thinks her resident hasn't had any... and out comes the Milk of Mag... and there you are cleaning up diarrhea... and your poor pt has cramps, a sore bum and risks dehydration... all because an aide couldn't be bothered to document a BM!

Yes, it can be a pain, but all that documentation serves a purpose.

I wouldn't complain unless it's redundant charting.