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  • Feb 16 '16

    Be aware that Gentiva is a national company which is under investigation for Medicare fraud. They have already paid a large amount in fines.

  • Dec 16 '14

    Try to find a niche in nursing you'll be ok with or move on. I could parrot a zillion reasons nursing has taken a hit over the past couple of decades but I'd be preaching to the choir. I had the opportunity to be a school nurse 13 years ago; it's me, myself, and I in my clinic - just the way I like it. If I hadn't been able to go this route I would be driving a truck or working on a shrimp boat today.

  • Dec 12 '12

    Wow, if you think you are drained now, wait until you work on a hospital telemetry unit as the only aide for 15 patients with nurses who don't help. (Yes, this is my personal experience, and yes, I am bitter.)

  • Dec 7 '12

    I had just gotten a job in an assisted living facility. I was getting dropped off and I couldn't walk in there. I got warm, my heart was racing, my breathing increased and I felt like someone was choking me. I told my partner to circle around and we stopped at a gas station and I said, "I don't think I can go in there!" so I didn't, but I didn't call either. All weekend, I beat myself up, especially on Saturday when I realized it was a panic attack. (I had worked at several awful nursing homes and didn't go because I hated it there, but this place was different).

    I called on Monday, but of course it was too late. I haven't worked steady in over 2 years because I've been going to school and my partner has been working. Now, today I got my first and only paycheck, and I feel awful. I feel like someone ripped out a part of me and now I'm just floating around, invisible. Everything feels foggy.

    I can't talk to my partner about this anymore because I'll drive her nuts. She says she doesn't care I quit, she just wants me to be happy. I had a thought that cheered me up last night, which was in 8 months, I'll be graduating and becoming a nurse, and that calmed me down. But I had all these plans since I started working, and now with one income, I can't do that anymore, and I feel awful.

    I know not calling was unprofessional, not going was a mistake and going over and over it in my head is killing me!

    Just needed to vent. If I had realized it was a panic attack (I've only had one other one before) I would have waited and calmed down. I thought it was the job that was getting me worked up.

    I'd do anything to get a second chance at working at the facility, but no luck.

  • Nov 19 '12

    Perhaps, you are right and this is not for you. Most people I knew in school were dedicated and passionate about their work and refused to let a lack of A's hamper them. The real world is much different than nursing school and much more fun. Although, you'll never be happy if your dream was to be a prescriber and you're already this frustrated with school, because it only gets harder and more frustrating.

    Perhaps a paramedic certification would be more for you with the autonomy and personal responsibility.

    Meh, i'm probably talking apples and oranges. Whatever you decide. Good luck in your endeavors and go for your dream. Don't settle on something you're heart is not in.

  • Nov 19 '12

    I think when they figure out the staffing ratio at LTC facilities, they figure what are the maximum number of residents a competent CNA can safely take care of, then they add an extra resident or 2 to that number.

    Im only partially joking too.

  • Nov 19 '12

    I realize this is a very old post but there is a huge point missed here, the reason the RN yelled at you (which is completely ignorant) is because ultimately the blame falls on HER. As a nurse in an LTC facility I can tell you that falls happen, there is not enough staff-nurses, CNA's heck even kitchen staff. I work on a sub-acute unit and we have 48 residents 2 floor nurses who get 24 each and 4 CNA's who work together on 24 each as well as a desk nurse. The nurse is ultimately responsible for the CNA as under nursing practice she is delegating these patients to them. For you to have gotten total blame is unacceptable. If I have a resident fall- I have to assess them, I have to start neuro checks, I have to do the neuro checks, I have to fill out the incident report and take responsibility even if I wasn't around. That is part of being a nurse. I have complete respect for my aids without them I would be up the creek without a paddle. There are some who suck and that makes life difficult but I have some I work with who are amazing and bust their butts for their crappy pay.
    I HATE LTC. I am only there because as a new nurse without a BSN no one else will hire me. Not enough experience to do homecare (I did that as a CNA) and still working on my BSN. I respect ANYONE who works in LTC and likes it. It is a hard job and minimally rewarding. The pay sucks, the hours suck (I am 3-11 get no breaks and leave at 1 a.m. most days). I can't WAIT to get something else, I despise dreading going to work. WHen I am there I give my all because the resident deserve it, but I hate my job.

  • Oct 9 '12

    For me ABSOLUTELY. The longer I am in it the more I love it.

    I am glad that I did med/surg then ICU , CVRU etc..and then moved on to positions that were easier physically.I spent about 4-5 yrs in each field. It kept me fresh and cheerful.

    I work in cardiac rehab now and do teaching in the hospital also.
    Now 20 yrs in I have found a place where I have the time to give the pt the type of teaching that you are taught to do in nursing school

    My focus now is different I try to empower pt,family and the younger nurses coming in.

    I am saddened that there has become so much paperwork pt are losing out. Yet,it can be done.

    Mostly I have learned to accept people as they are.

    I have mostly been in cardiac and I believe in the heart.

    I love also love to teach as it shows me the gaps in my own learning and for the most part students optimism lifts me.

    Dying pt have my deepest love and I look forward to ending my career in hospice.

    Nursing provided a forum where I could meet people at the level of heart and I express best my own spirit

  • Oct 9 '12

    Yes, but not a strong yes. The work does take a lot out of you.
    Co-worker problems are not unique among nurses. That happens everywhere and you need to learn to handle coworker problems.
    The stess comes from having a high level of responsibility, the high standards when dealing with human lives, the emotional devastation that can happen if you fail in this, the demands of your patients, your high workload, the patient families and the erratic schedules take their toll.
    I might have been better off in a field like x-ray or the lab. These are better for long term professional survival.

  • Oct 9 '12

    All I can say after 27 years of Hospital Nursing............Absolutely not!!! The bad so outweighs the good now. I love Nursing and am so proud to be a Nurse, I just feel no genuine appreciation for all that we do starting from the top, aka, Administration, Directors, Managers.... I'm looking forward to retiring next year...unfortunately we dont have the ability like teachers to move from school to school, districts within the city/state and retain retirement benefits. Your retirement is whatever you manage to put together. If you have made 4 moves within your career, good luck!!

  • Oct 9 '12

    Try working jobs that dont require people skills, see if you like it. Ive worked as a mechanic, framed houses, even worked as a factory rat where the only interaction I had was with a couple of illegal aliens who didnt speak english and my shop foreman who poked his head in a few times a shift. I liked doing rough carpentry, it was hard work for good pay, but as I get older the wear and tear becomes an issue, and it doesnt help the economy has dried up.

    Working as a CNA has been my first experience with the service industry, and it wasnt an easy transition and sometimes I do miss the satisfaction of building something or fixing something, but healthcare is the field Ive settled on and Ive become fairly good at my job, but its not for everyone. If your young, try something else. If you arent very good working with your hands, go to school if you can.

  • Sep 1 '12

    Hi, y'all. First time posting a new topic, and I hope you don't mind a little burnout vent. I'm having a hard time emotionally and I need someone to talk to. I think people here will understand.

    I've been a CNA for 8+ years, right out of high school. I work in a nursing home where I've been close to 3 years. I'm looking at short-term job training opportunities so I can leave.

    My problem is, I expect it could be a couple months (at least) until I can secure another job. And I'm at the point where it's hard to get through the shift.

    My company is fabulous, wonderful staff. I care deeply about my residents and I strain to have a positive attitude. I try to smile a lot and be friendly and attentive, willing to help out and be a team player. I try to be very flexible and willing to accommodate the needs of the facility.

    Being responsible for the health of all these people overwhelms me. I know they need quality care, but the stress of it all has gotten to me. Sometimes I "cope" by stuffing my face with junk food, which is unhealthy and immature. I've become distant from my few close relationships because of work.

    The thought of going to work fills me with anxiety and dread. It's embarrassing admitting this, but I cry over my job too. I'm angry and irritable on a frequent basis. It can be hard to enjoy days off because I'm anticipating my next shift. Mostly I just feel miserable either at work or thinking about work. This is not a new thing, this has been going on constantly for a few years. I feel selfish, immature, and guilty because I am not really the committed caregiver I have to pretend to be.

    The point of my post is this: how do YOU get through a hard shift, even if you may not feel burned out like I do? Are there deeper ways to cultivate a positive attitude? Is there a way I can learn to "fall in love" with the job so I don't have to feel so down all the time? I wasn't always this bad, especially not in my early years in my career.

    Oh, and by the way, I don't think I'm suffering from clinical depression. I get great joy from my family, my friends, exercise, and unfortunately from food (as I mentioned....) My job is what makes me feel awful.

  • Aug 11 '12

    The first day on the job is usually very stressful! Make sure to ask lots of questions on things you don't understand. You'll get used to it after a few weeks. Chin up!

  • Aug 11 '12

    It takes time. There is just so much to learn and most of it you only learn from experience.
    You have so many patients and so many tasks. You have to not only learn what to do, but how to prioritize it! Also, each patient is unique. You can each have three patients with a broken hip, but each one will need different care and approaches!
    It is overwhelming at first, but you can't let it stop you from facing each new day... because you simply have to face it in order to gain the experiences in order to improve.
    You will be slow, disorganized and make mistakes. You learn from all of this.
    Right now, just focus on being safe and the rest will come.
    You are definately not alone.
    Good luck

  • Aug 11 '12

    Healthcare workers have hand hygiene drilled into their brains, but most people do not. You can go to the grocery store and pick up a box of cereal to read the ingredients, not knowing the last person who touched it was picking their nose in the car or went to the bathroom and "washed their hands" by flicking their fingertips under the water for 2 seconds. Half of our rehab patients are on isolation for MRSA in the urine or nares! When they are released to go home, most of them are still on precautions... and yet I have never seen someone out in public wearing a mask.

    I know someone who lives her life in fear of germs. She wipes down everything, constantly! Her kid probably has no acquired immunity to anything because she's never been exposed. Think of the last 5 times you've been sick with something contagious... it's probably all been colds with maybe a stomach bug thrown in... unpleasant, but nothing that the passage of a few days won't fix. This woman acts like everything in sight is coated with smallpox and hepatitis or something.