I am so down right now from being fired because I reported abuse on a patient from a CNA,, I am not sure what good I would be giving you advice. If you want my input, I think it is all in who you know. I have some hard thinking to do seeing as though the facility made up a lame excuse to fire me for reporting abuse as the head Nurse in charge that night on the floor, gave the Cna 3 days off with pay at that, what a nice little mini vacation she got. I am supporting 3 kids, and she is 55 years old living with her daughter. NICE! Bur here go=es, when I was a Nurse in New York I worked at The VA Medical center,, I was detailed to the pshyc floor a few times, and it had itsups and downs. The men that walked around knew enough to pretty much leave you alone, except for flirting, and the others we gave meds to through a window, okay,, so I should say, Psyc is not one of my speacialties, but it pays good, and I believe a State Hospital would not put CNA's over Nurses. Let me finish one thing about the facility that kept the CNA that abused the patient and fired me. Two years ago, a male CNA took a patient in the shower, stripped him down, and took nude pics of him from his cell phone, then circulated them around the internet. He too was repremanded with a nice paid 3 day vacation,, until someone from the outside found out, called The State, State came in to investigate and that is when they fired him. Says a lot about this facility,, I thought I was doing my job, and lost it for caring. So,, I am not sure what good I am right now giving advice. I still have not found work, I do have 3 interveiws lined up this week, but I have to drive 60 miles to work if one of them hire me. If anyone wants to e mail me I don't care because I can't E mail back on here, becasue I don't have the money to buy the premium membership,, so my E mail is > email@example.com
. I hope someopne from the facility that I worked in is on this site and read what I wrote,,, becasue if I was them, I would be ashamed to say I was even employed there. I am even questioning is it better these days to just be a CNA??: Nurses mean NOTHING anymore? I know I was a CNA 9 years before I became a Nurse, and I respected my charge Nurse or any Nurse as far as that goes, and as demanding as the work is,, how would it even enter your mind to abuse a patient?