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  1. yousoldtheworld

    Seeing coworkers outside of the workplace

    I have only been to the grocery store ONE TIME when i havent' run into someone from work. And that's in a year. It's ridiculous. I HATE IT.
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    How did you get your job?

    I did clinicals at my first facility, and was hired upon completion. My 2nd facility, I applied online via Monster. THe hospital, I applied online at their site repeatedly until I got hired. My current job, I just walked in, filled out an app, and was called for an interview a few days later.
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    What does a CNA do on her 11p-7a shift at LTC, nursing home?

    In my experience, it's pretty busy. We have a few nurses who read newspapers and magazines, but the aides are pretty busy most of the night. Rounds every two hours, cleaning wheelchairs, putting away laundry, getting out the next day's clothes, matching and getting out socks for the next day, stocking rooms, cleaning shower rooms, etc. And in most places, CALL LIGHTS GALORE.
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    Client complaints

    It's kind of funny, isn't it - half of them complain that you go too slow, and then the other half are mad that you're rushing. I agree with the above poster - just do what you have to do. If they complain, apologize. I would just say something like, "I'm sorry, I'm just trying to finish as quick as I can so I can stop bothering you!" or "I'm sorry, I'm going as fast as I can. I just want to make sure you're clean/comfortable/etc".
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    Just a 'butt-wiper'

    Frankly, I'd just refuse to call such a condescending and disrespectful person a "friend", and that would be that. Life's too short to surround yourself with people who treat you like crap.
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    To Brief or not to brief????

    I think the OP is talking about residents using only a bed pad for incontinence underneath them at night, not a maxi pad/the kind that go in the underwear when they're up. I agree that the maxi pad type pads just make a mess with incontinent people.
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    To Brief or not to brief????

    I worked at a facility where the residents did not wear briefs in bed, instead had only the incontinence pads under them. It worked fine, to be honest, and DID cut down on bedsores...and it was quicker when it came to rounds. But I didn't necessarily prefer it to briefs.
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    All-Time Toileting Record!

    Oh, I definitely know what you mean. The night I talked about was the biggest nightmare one, but over the years I have had so many that are obsessed with the toilet. And often, they ARE fairly alert and oriented I have sympathy for them, I really do...but that doesn't make it any less frustrating to deal with, ya know? Having to go often is normal for the elderly, but obsession is NOT, and I'm glad they're going to assess her, because that takes away the time that you should be caring for your other residents, as well. It's not fair for staff OR residents.
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    All-Time Toileting Record!

    At my last job, I had a similar day with one of my residents...at the end of 2nd shift, our nurse looked at the total for first and second shifts...she had been toileted a total of 31 times between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. We would walk out of her room, and her call light would literally be back on within 2 minutes. We had to ignore it for a few minutes just to get anything else done. To make it worse, we weren't allowed to remind her that we had other people to take care of, because that was considered "abuse". To be perfectly honest with you, I have NO patience for that kind of thing. It's one of the reasons I didn't like geriatrics (or the hospital, for that matter) very much. I know that for the most part, they can't help it, but that doesn't help your sanity when you already have a heavy workload!
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    Working on a vent unit

    Most places I've seen keep most of the residents who are on ventilators, trachs, other severe respiratory issues, and sometimes feed tubes (when in combination with a trach, etc) in one area, that's all a vent unit is.
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    Resigned From Long Term Care

    Well, get us staffing levels that will allow us to have only 4-6 residents, and I'll happily keep track of all of them at once. UGHHHH this kind of thing irritates me to no end...it's always the aides that get the blame for everything. ALWAYS. We get the worst pay, the worst staffing, and the hardest job, and we are expected to be everywhere at once, doing everything at once. It's ridiculous.
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    Working on a vent unit

    I'm not on a vent unit, per se, but my usual hall at my facility is for kids and young adults with trachs and feed tubes, all are total care, incontient, most are unable to speak, etc. And I love it. Yes, it is hard work - you do everything for them, and you have to be mindful of the trachs, tubes, etc. But it is very rewarding and easier in some ways - you don't have complainers, call light ringers, and the people you are caring for truly need you.
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    PRN list is laughable

    Exactly! It's not that they are required to come when called, but when it seems like NO ONE on the list EVER wants to come in, what's the point of having one?
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    Got Med/Surg position!

    Well, since they called and talked to you and now know that they WEREN'T really no-call no shows, since you had already resigned, plus there are extenuating circumstances, I don't think you have to worry about termination, if you do decide to stay. Honestly, if I were in your shoes, I probably wouldn't go back to the same shift. Because, as you said, I'd feel uncomfortable with the whole situation and it would probably affect my ability to focus on my work and do my best job possible. Some people are more resilient than I am, so I'm not saying that you absolutely should not go back...just saying that, if you decide not to, I understand. It could lead to a bad and resentful work environment if the staff mistakenly think that you're going to run and complain about every little thing, you know?
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    CNA's: What's your favorite shift?

    Noc = nocturnal. Usually either 10 pm - 6 am or 11 pm - 7 am. Good luck working it for the first time. I loved nightshift until my body stopped cooperating! :)