After having read yet another RN/LPN vs CNA story, I got to thinking what are the good experiences we have had with our assistive personnel.
I think the positive experiences outweigh the bad and truth be told, I have had more positive experiences with the CNA staff than bad.
1. There is a night shift CNA I work with who goes above and beyond to help the patients, the nurses and the families with almost everything. The little things he does make a big difference, suck as making sure toiletries are provided upon admission, the bed linens are folded down and the patient handbook is ready. He communicates with me with abnormal vitals and behavior changes. He knows he is not Superman; asks me for help when he needs it.
2. A female CNA on dayshift is very optimistic and joyful regardless of what life has to hand her and what she faces at work each day. I pray to God, I will one day have her zest for life and optimism.
3. Another night shift CNA looks like a gangster - I admit I was kinda scared of him for a while. But its all a front. He is a mouse and very dedicated to caring for his patients and working as a team. He does however curse like a sailor at the nurses station, but I do the same thing, So I don't care about that.
What contributions do you see in your CNA staff?