overheard a CNA badly verbally abusing an elderly patient - page 4

As The Charge Nurse in a facility, where I was passing meds in the hall, and overheard a CNA badly verbally abusing an elderly patient, there was another witness also. TY cyndi_1985... Read More

  1. by   nursel56
    Cyndi,

    I'm not asking this to second-guess your decisions because I know every area, facility,etc is different, but I'm wondering, why can't you tell the truth to your prospective employers? People do usually say not to "bad-mouth" their previous employers, but I can't see that an honest account makes you look bad!

    The old place was a viper's nest. It is really hard to understand that they would do this to you after the investigations they've had re: the cell phone pix of the poor man in the shower. Now, you're voluntarily removing valuable work experience from your own resume!!! Oh, he*ll no!!

    Anyway, maybe I'm off base, but grrrr. . .rrrrr :angryfire:angryfire I hate it when the bad guys win.
  2. by   Cyndi_1985
    Quote from nursel56
    Cyndi,

    I'm not asking this to second-guess your decisions because I know every area, facility,etc is different, but I'm wondering, why can't you tell the truth to your prospective employers? People do usually say not to "bad-mouth" their previous employers, but I can't see that an honest account makes you look bad!

    The old place was a viper's nest. It is really hard to understand that they would do this to you after the investigations they've had re: the cell phone pix of the poor man in the shower. Now, you're voluntarily removing valuable work experience from your own resume!!! Oh, he*ll no!!

    Anyway, maybe I'm off base, but grrrr. . .rrrrr :angryfire:angryfire I hate it when the bad guys win.








    I really should tell the truth,, but I just figure they got me and will make something up. I am scared, I did nothing wrong,, but they said {which they made up} I was taking too long to pass meds, and just wasn't working out,, now this is 2 days after I reported the CNA,, so I mean you know it's a messed up rack. I had only been there 2 months. But I as a Nurse was not going to not report it, I suppose I need to call the state to see what to do, or an attorney.
  3. by   softstorms
    The truth is.......(and all of us nurses will say "Hell No" to this)....But.....we all have a home life...be it alone, as single middle age nurses...or alone as married, working females. A job, is just a job! We see the bigger picture of the work place, but our own life is more impotant than any job we have! I think, like many around me, that we have had many jobs, and I have never seen a company fold up and die...just because I left their emplyment LOL. But, I will always carry with me the fact.....I did my job to my best ablity, and to the benifit of my pts.
  4. by   ghillbert
    Cyndi, do you have a copy of the report you submitted about the CNA? Do you have a written statement by the witness? If not, I'd be contacting that witness ASAP to see if they would support you. If nothing else, you can prove that you reported someone and were immediately fired thereafter. I would also go and talk to a lawyer - not malpractice, but employment. There are meant to be protections for people who report abuse. I would also call the BON, the department of health and anyone else you can think of. Good luck finding another job.
  5. by   Cyndi_1985
    He WAS an employment Attorney, Yes I made copies of the paper I had to write up that night, and as far as calling the CNA that witnessed the abuse,, I have tried and she doesn't want to get involved in fear they will fire her as well. She said she told them what exactly had happened, and nothing was done,, so she said "where does that leave her?" She was crying over it,, but NEEDS a job! YES! I documented everything, crossed my T's and dotted my i's,, This was jammed into our heads in Nursing school,,, as in CYA!!! So, yes, I knew all this. Also,, he wasn't the first EMPLOYMENT Attorney that I had contacted,, I had contacted 2 prior to him,, one wanted $250.00 an hour, the other said they couldn't take the case because they lived in the same county as this Nursing home. That is why I drove 50 miles to see another Attorney, who by the way when I called and told him my situation said nothing about $500.00 until I wasted all my gas and drove there to see him. This is why I said I have hit a brick wall, I have done everything I can,,, To tell you the truth it sounds like a scam!!! How do they get away with this???? What they are actually saying as far as I am concerned {at least in this State} Turn your head, let CNA's be the boss or you will be fired and chastised at work! MY best friend still lives in New York, turned in a CNA for abuse, and was not fired, or dis-respected, because the facility fired the CNA,, not her. It is Indiana! TY for your help,, but I have tried everything. This State sucks, and I have read about Indiana on here before,, nothing GOOD either! TY again***

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