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Does this sound funny to you?

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Specializes in LTC, home health, critical care. Has 12 years experience.

A woman was recently hired at my facility as a CNA student. She says that she was an LVN in ICU 20 some-odd years ago. But, she doesn't know what a foley is, she doesn't know basic infection control, and the stuff she says with authority, she has heard either myself or a nurse say. I don't know what to think, but it sounds very very odd to me.

A woman was recently hired at my facility as a CNA student. She says that she was an LVN in ICU 20 some-odd years ago. But, she doesn't know what a foley is, she doesn't know basic infection control, and the stuff she says with authority, she has heard either myself or a nurse say. I don't know what to think, but it sounds very very odd to me.

Basic infection control? hmmm...well, maybe. Infection control did get a huge boost at the beginning of the AIDs epidemic, so that might have been just before her time...

But not knowing what a foley is? I don't really remember now, but I think I learned what a foley was while I was still an ER clerk...

NurseFirst

(Before the AIDS epidemic, hardly anyone wore gloves, except in surgery or doing other sterile procedures...)

meownsmile, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

20 some odd years ago isnt that long ago. Could be the AIDS thing is the difference. I had a aunt that was a nursing supervisor in the 70's and i remember her telling us she didnt use gloves even with the AIDs patients(that was just as dx was being made) because she felt it isolated the patients and made them feel untouchable. She did change her ways quickly, but im sure "infection control" "universal precautions werent as controlled then as it is now. The catheter thing, thats another story,, not sure what to make of that one.

Limik

Has 20 years experience.

Sure sounds like something stinks here! If she was an LPN 20 years ago, what happened that she is a CNA student now? I'm pretty sure they would have had Foley's in the ICU even 20 years ago. :uhoh21:

Something smells fishy to me! Back in the late 60's as a Candystriper I knew what a catheter was, and later as a CNA, before the RN. Maybe some dementia has set in and she's loosing her short term memory?

akcarmean, LPN

Specializes in Home Health Care,LTC.

We learned about foleys in CNA school. Sounds kinda funny to me also.

Angelia

doesn't your state require certification...all aides/orderlies must present certificate to don on application for employment...do they fingerprint health workers in your state...she may be an identify thief....someone in authority needs to follow up on this

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I have a road near me called Foley Drive. I crack up everytime I drive by, picturing everyone in the neighborhood walking around with leg-bags....

OK, I'm easily amused.

If I had been an LPN in ICU 20 years ago, and was now a CNA student, don't think I would be telling anyone. I mean, she must have lost her license somehow, no? And anyone who can become an LPN without knowing what a foley is has to be doubted. Although I don't think there are LPN's in other countries (could be totally mistaken on that) could she be from another country and perhaps she was considered a "practical nurse" there?

OK, 20 years ago is only 1984....not the dark ages with knights and castles.

Sounds like there is something fishy to me.

sjt9721, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma/Education.

VizslaMom: You're right, it wasn't that long ago......I have fond memories of 1984...:chuckle

Jo Dirt

Has 9 years experience.

I say she's full of it.

Sounds like there is a good reason she is no longer a nurse. I'm not real sure I would want her as an aide though either! Keep a close eye on her.

Antikigirl, ASN, RN

Specializes in Education, Acute, Med/Surg, Tele, etc. Has 13 years experience.

I too was a candystriper in the early 80's and knew what a foley was! Okay I was 14 and folley = ewwwwww..but still I knew what one was, that it was in the bladder with a balloon, caused a big probelm when patients yanked them out, and they were touched only by the nurses..not me!!!

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I have a road near me called Foley Drive. I crack up everytime I drive by, picturing everyone in the neighborhood walking around with leg-bags....

OK, I'm easily amused.

I guess I'm easily amused too. I just cracked up!

mv

lovingtheunloved, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, home health, critical care. Has 12 years experience.

This woman says she was an LVN in ICU 21 years ago in California. She hasn't been in nursing since then. But wouldn't you just need like an LPN refresher course or something? And I am absolutely ready to backhand the woman. I'm a CNA preceptor, so I have to deal with her comments all day. Saturday, she "corrected" the RN on her injection technique. The RN yanked me outside by my sleeve to rant, she was so mad. But she's an idiot. While doing male peri care, she wiped BM from back to front, getting BM all over his scrotum. When I corrected her, she got clean washcloths and repeated to herself over and over "front to back, front to back" She still can't figure out which beds are A beds and which are B beds, which is crazy because the way the room is set up, it's obvious. She doesn't know how to transfer, oh, and get this, she can't tell whether someone is choking or not. A lady had some lemonade go down the wrong pipe today, and she freaked out. "She's choking she's choking!" Yelling at my for not doing the Heimlich (sp?) Um, if she's coughing, she's not choking. She didn't realize that a person fresh out of hip surgery probably shouldn't bear weight on that side just yet. Or how to use a hip abductor. If she in fact were a nurse, I'm thinking maybe our license was revoked?

And CHATSDALE, she isn't licensed as a CNA, she's a "shadow" going through the CNA class. I'm hoping she quits.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

An LPN in an ICU? That sounds fishy in itself.

And the way you're describing her, sounds like her license WAS revoked, IF she ever really had one. She doesn't have a clue about the most basic stuff.

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