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Falsely accused of abuse

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by travelcna1027 travelcna1027 (New Member) New Member

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I'm a travel cna working in a state geriatric psych unit. I was called into the facility by the administrator because there was in incident we needed to discuss. I assumed it was about a fall I had witnessed. I get to the facility and am escorted to a confrence room where we are joined by a local police officer. The office starts asking me questions. Starting with the kinds of patients we have on the unit. Asking if I have ever put hands on a patient other than to preform cares. I told them the only time I have is to protect myself or other staff members from being hit. I will just hold with light pressure to get keep their arms/legs from hitting us if needed. The officer asked if I remembered a red mark on a patients face, never giving me the name of the patient. I told him that I had no recollection of a red mark but the incident they were talking about happened 4 days prior. I have worked three out of the four days it took for them to call me in. After the questioning with the officer is done. I am informed by the administor that my contract has been cancelled and that I am to turn in my keys to the building and badge. I'm worried about what will happen with my certification because of this and really need some advice on what to do.

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Missingyou has 20 years experience and works as a CNA.

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get a lawyer. Seriously.

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No Stars In My Eyes has 43 years experience and works as a Retired.

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Ditto. PRONTO! Like STAT.

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....."travel CNA..."

You will always be the fall guy!

This is the reason why I always avoid those travel agencies.

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Hi, I am also a travel CNA and I've seen it all. Another travel CNA I worked with, reported abuse, about two hours later, the entire building knew she had reported it. They called her downstairs and told her that was only her "perception " of abuse. Shortly thereafter, our "co-workers" began to bully her on a daily basis, like pouring water in her residents beds to make it look like neglect, and other sick jokes. About three weeks later, she was fired. I finally convinced her to get a lawyer and told her that although Pennsylvania is an "at will employment state, meaning they can fire you without a reason, there are still whistle blower laws. Anyway, she was a good CNA. Stand up for your rights, get a lawyer, community legal services may help if you have that in your area.

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SeasonedTech has 25 years experience.

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I did agency for 6 years and never had any type of problem anywhere.

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I did agency for 6 years and never had any type of problem anywhere.

There are people who never have any type of problem anywhere. That does not mean there is something wrong with people who do run into employment problems.

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SeasonedTech has 25 years experience.

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Oh, I just meant I was never a "fall guy" just because I was angency. That doesn't mean it won't happen to someone else though. I just didn't agree with the other post that said agency gets blamed when something goes wrong. That's all, hope you didn't take my comment wrong. Thank you.

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