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by IBeBishin IBeBishin (New Member) New Member

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Hello,

I'm currently undergoing my training as a CNA, and I was curious about what facilities are typically in nursing homes as I intend to begin working in one in a month or so. I'm currently biking to my community college on a 30-35 mile round-trip every weekday, and I'm a little concerned about all of the sweat I'm producing on the commute. I've never received any comment on how I smell, but I still remain self-conscious. Are there usually showers for employee use in nursing homes, or at the very least -- a locker room/changing room? I really don't intend to bike in my scrubs!

I'm also male, if it matters.

Thanks,

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I never worked in a nursing home so I cant answer that. Are you biking out of choice? Are buses available in your area? I also do not have transportation of my own at the moment. AT LEAST YOU GET YOUR EXERCISE!

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Yes, it's out of choice. I don't have an automobile that I use for transportation, and I wouldn't want one. I sometimes take the bus to my community college, which is ten miles out. Sometimes, though, I decide to keep biking as the bus sometimes runs late -- at times half an hour late. Usually, I can bike faster than most motorists while in the city.

Yes, it's good exercise. I'm a biking enthusiast, so my commute is especially enjoyable to me.

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fuzzywuzzy has 3 years experience as a CNA and specializes in LTC.

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Well, I've only worked in one nursing home and we don't have an employee shower but I imagine if you got there a few minutes early every day you could just grab a couple washcloths and duck into the bathroom to wipe down and change.

How long does it take you to bike 15 miles? I'm just wondering because I was thinking about doing that too. I don't know why- the last time I tried riding a bike around here I thought I was going to get flattened by a car- people drive excessively fast down these back roads.

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Alright, thank you. Sounds good. I'll need to get to work earlier anyway to cool-down.

It usually depends on the terrain, but on flat-ground with my mountain bike with slick tires -- it takes me only an hour. Expect longer if you live in a ridiculously hilly area. An hour and a half if you're not an experienced bike commuter.

It's the same around here with the crazy drivers, especially in rush hour. I'm probably honked at at least once a day, and even when I use my hand signals I have cars trying to pass me while I'm trying to make a turn. I'd recommend caution, but keep in mind that less than 1% of cycling accidents are struck-from-behind collisions. I've been biking as a part of commuting for the last three years, and have never been in any kind of collision. And, of course, wear a helmet. It's actually required by law to wear one in my state (North Carolina).

I'm curious. Would nursing homes also allow you to bring your bike inside? There's a severe lack of any sort of biking facilities in my area, and I've never even seen a bike rack (apart from the one on my bus). I usually lock my bike onto poles, pipes, or large trees.

Thanks,

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blackandyellow specializes in CVICU, CCU, MICU.

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I have never biked to work but I give you major kudos for doing so. The nursing home I worked at did not have employee showers. I use to do reception during the day and work the floor at night so I would have change. I use to go into the employee bathroom and dress in there, tie my hair up, etc. It wasn't ideal but wasn't horrible either.

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As long as the bathroom is spacy enough, that sounds fine. I doubt there will be many male employees so I shouldn't have any problem with privacy.

How long are your commutes, generally? There's usually twenty nursing homes every 15 miles here, and I'd be willing to commute 25 miles to work.

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Well, it also saves me a great deal of money. I only spend $100/yr on my bike(s) including maintenance, parts, and gear as I can repair most mechanical problems myself. Given my income, I couldn't afford a car either way.

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