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  1. FutureNurse23

    New LPN would like CNA input please

    I couldnt really add anything to the list. I think these are all good suggestions. I do agree the thank you's go along way. It makes you feel that you are a vital member to the team. I once worked in a faucility where I never really heard any thank you's. And the funny thing is that I'm not there anymore,lol. Now I'm always aprreciated by the Staff nurses and Wound Care nurse for turning a resident q2. I really love working with my nurses in LTC. They are always willing to listen even if I'm telling the nurse a resident is throwing up after the 3time of her hearing it,lol. And yes the statement, " When you get time" does go along way.
  2. FutureNurse23

    New Job and no organization!

    Well, I have been thinking on how I could make things work better for me all weekend. And I have came up with making a list of things. For starters, I will have a list of the female residents who only want female cna's. And I will write down my section every day... ex 310 A/B 311 A 312 A/B and circle which is female residents room who only want female CNA's. Also I will get my linen from the laudry room in the mornings since the linen carts never have what I want on them. I'm not worried about what resdient abilities are so much because most can walk or they are bodylift. I also will start in the morning by getting the most active residents up first. Then do my first round before 8am. Then after breakfast I will do my two showers. Since alot of the residents on the floor are ambulatory they are always gone off the floor or in activities. It makes it so much easier as a CNA than working on a Skilled floor where residents are on pegs and traches. Which takes everyone muscle you have to do incontinent care. The place I work is very unorganized but the workload is very easy since most you dont need lifts or all can turn while in bed.:wink2:
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    New Job and no organization!

    I started a new job and I find it very unorganized. You float daily from 2 floors. You never find what you need on the linen cart. I always only see about 3 incontient pads on the cart a day. The diapers are brought up once a day by a lady who restocks the rooms with them. Most times its only 2 diapers in the closets. I'm so used of diapers being behind the nurses station. Also they have a shower list but there is just names on the list. It has no room numbers. You would think the name would be the least important and they would have the room number. Since room numbers are at times faster to change. So being new on the floor its kind of hard to know who has to take a shower. No one tells you who eats in the dinning area or who eats in the room. Most of the day the residents are all around the building so you have to leave the floor and look for them if you want to konw if they need changing,ugh. There isn't a set time the trays come up for breakfast or lunch. Its only 1 stand up lift and 1 hoyer on the whole floor. Mostly everyone though is body lift. And you never can find any bags for soiled linen or soiled diapers... The work is so easy most of the whole floor are ambulatory or w/c but you never have anything you need to make things run smoother. Or its never a direction of things to make it all successful.:zzzzz Also, its hard to identify fall risk residents. They dont have a colored armband or any fall risk signs above their beds. They have armband bracelets which are clear and their names are handwritten in them,. Its very confussing to know who is also diabetic. Seems you also have to learn the residents before you can even start. It would be so easier if the nurses had rosters of the patients with room numbers if they were ambulatory, if you needed a stand up lift or hoyer ect. Especially if you are floating on two different floors. Have you all run into these problems while being in orientation?
  4. FutureNurse23

    CNA as a career?

    I dont think its good for anyone as a career. I see all the time the CNA's who have done this job for years and they are always miserable. It shows in their patient care and how they handle their patients. Although, it is also a few great cna's who have done it for years and even though they are good at their jobs they usually have strained their bodies due to all the lifting. I loved my cna course as well. The job has its good and bad. I just would tell you to always show a positive side to this field even when you work in a negative environment.
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    Don't quite know what to do.

    Sometimes we only are needed to be at certain jobs for a season. I know you enjoy working there but if the company dosent have you as best of thought maybe you should go else where. If I was you I wouldnt let a job keep you away from your education. You are still marketable being a LPN. I'm sure you can find another job. Just imagine how many PED jobs you can be granted when you get your RN. You dont want to prolong your dreams of being a RN if you dont have too. With more education comes better jobs. Wish you luck and good for you for going towards your RN.
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    Got a job quickly, but very overwhelmed

    Oh how I remember when I was a very new CNA. I have been a CNA now since April but I'm now starting to work in a new LTC. Its always a little hard when you first start out. You dont know what to do or where to start. What I ask you to do is to just try to do as much as possible. I had one week of orientation and it was very confussing at first because of the person who was training me. It all depends on your training. If he or she allows you to interact with your residents. Once I had a different trainer. It only took me 1 day before everything started to come together. The only way you will learn is if you are allow to do the work. Make sure your trainer is allowing you to do it yourself. Wish you luck and take it day by day. Sooner than you know it you will be thinking to yourself wow this isnt all that bad as I thought.
  7. FutureNurse23

    Do you prefer LTC, Hospital, or Live-In jobs as a CNA?

    I would think since you are going to become a LPN first. You may want to work in LTC starting out. Also, its good to get experience in LTC since you get a great foundation of being a CNA. The rule of the thumb is that you get a year of experience for the best pay and more opportunities. I dont see why it takes a year though. Within two months I felt secure in my skills. I often floated to different floors with different patients. But 1 year is the rule of thumb. LTC for new grads especially if you have interest in being a LPN. It may also be some where you can grant a job faster as a new grad LPN. Then from there do a year and move towards hospital and your RN. Wish you luck. I also have hopes of doing LPN-RN. Then hopefully RN-BSN.
  8. FutureNurse23

    LTC Benefits Package

    If you can don't take the first thing in LTC that is offered to you though. If you have some options shop around. And find what best fits your needs. Don't always look at the money due to other LTC places may have less pay but better benefits.
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    LTC Benefits Package

    LTC has the same benefits as the hospitals. And the LTC place I worked at actually had a cheaper insurance package. Some of the benefits I get at my current job which is LTC is... medical/dental, holiday double pay, pto, direct deposit, workers comp, and paid tuition. I also worked at a LTC place where I just worked the weekend 2 12hr shifts and 1 day 8hrs during the week to get medical and dental. You would be suprized at home some LTC places start new grads out actually better than some downtown local hospitals. I know this was the case for me anyhow.
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    Do you have dining room duty?

    Wow, dinning room duties for the nurses hmm must be nice. I have never heard of such. I have never even seen a nurse in the dinning room yet alone having duties. Like the poster said above in my facility the CNA's do the dinning room duties, passing trays, meat cutting, feeding and charting the amounts,ect. It must be nice to have GREAT nurses like you all to help with dinning room duties. I recall at one time feeding and assisting with 10 residents in the dinning room by myself with no help. Once again I thank you nurses who help your CNA's with dinning room duties!
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    Need help with CNA question/working out of state

    It all depends really on your employer. Some places even in bordering states dont require you to be certified in the state some do. I live on the border of another state as well and 20 minutes north of another state. I just never applied to those states since I live in the biggest metro city out of the other cities in the other states. Try calling your state board cert. and see what info they can offer you. Or ask your former instructor how would you go about that. Wish you luck!
  12. FutureNurse23

    Help me see the positive!!! Pls

    I'm fairly a new grad CNA 24yrs old. And as we know sometimes being new in this field we move around to different jobs early. Well that was my situation. I had a job in where I worked LTC and was making 350.00 a week. I had worked 7a-7p Sat and Sunday and also had to float tuesdays 3-11 to keep my medical/dental. I didnt get any pto or 401k at this job. It felt like I had 3 days of being sore before I felt alive again. Also, the nurses were very backstabbing and sneaky. It also was alot of gossip among the staff. And to me none of the nurses seemed to love their job. This is what made me think do I really want to be a nurse? So I started doubting nursing. Even though I loved what I had accomplished being a CNA. I seen the growth in my skills. Later, 3 months down the road. I thought I had found my dream job in another field. It was something that I wanted to do for such a long time. It was a chance to travel the world. The pay was not so good and I was taking a paycut but it was easier work. Even though it consumed all my life and I lived out a suitcase. Well months later that ended not to be all so great and I started doubting the experience as well. I did recall missing my residents and wondering if they was okay. I said now I know why I want to be a nurse. Its for the residents! Even when you see a crappy nurse and low pay. Its all for the residents.I shortly went to see them. And I could see in their eyes how much they missed me. I almost didnt want to leave them. I heard from some of them. Make sure you come back and visit. It really touched my heart. Now, I'm about to start a new journey as being a CNA. I got a job recently with not the best pay but I'm thinking this will be maybe a nicer start into being a CNA. I was offered a position 7-3pm 4 days on 2 days off for 8.25/hr with medical/dental PTO and 401k. I was told my pay was not as much because I didnt have a year experience. I would of felt better with 8.50 but hey I needed a job. Now I will be making about 280.00 less than I made before as a CNA. I was told if I get on the 2nd shift down the road. I could make 10.25/hr. I guess I should stick in there and stay postive to see a better outlook. I also think about working a 2nd job partime for awhile. So I ask do you all think I made a better move for less money? And how did you all make it as a new grad cna with low pay? What kept you all positive the first year? Thanks all for listening and comments are helpful!
  13. FutureNurse23

    Advice on where to work?????

    I would agree with you that in LTC in the long run yeah you make more than you usually do in a hospital being a CNA. But, in LTC you will work for every penny of that pay too. But then again I left my old job in LTC because they didnt give the CNA's our yearly raise. So it all depends on where you work for the long run better pay. I felt that it was very uncalled for and thought I deserved better. So in that result I left. Also, like trauma_queen2010 said you will learn more in a hospital if you want to seek more knowledge in nursing. I feel like CNA's are also respected more in the hospital setting than in LTC IMO. Its more opportunities for advancement in the hospital as well. As a CNA you can become a PCT, heart monitor tech, secraterial stuff, phelbotomy just to name a few. Also, I dont know what state you live in jr350sp. But hospitals in my state offer so many paid tutitions for you to get a education. Actually I dont know any LTC places that do where I live. I still say hospitals is better. Less work and more advancements and you can be utilized in more ways.
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    Advice on where to work?????

    I would say anywhere in a hospital is a good start. I'm also a fairly new grad CNA. And I wish I would of taken hospital positions over nursing homes. Ambulatory means walk, so many patients will need assistance with walking or they will be at stages of learning how to walk again. I would say this will be a easy easy floor. Most of your patients will be able to do for themselves. The more your patients can do for themselves the easier your job will be. And in nursing homes, LTC's you have alot of total care. This is where patients can't do for themselves at all. And every muscle they can't funtion you will have to use yours 2x's. If I was you I would take the job. Also in hospital settings its less work and you can be utilized on a more theory scope. Also you get to interact with RN's more so than lpn's. Wish you luck and let me know how you like it.
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    Male CNA - Female Patients

    I'm a male CNA and have never had any female residents. I have always been giving all male residents. I work in LTC. And its about 4 male CNA's who work here. We all get male residents. I actually like it. Its like taking care of my dad or grandfather. I feel a bit more comfortable as well being they are male. I'm 24yrs old and they always think I'm younger. So my residents always address me as like their son. If you are giving though a female resident just follow female pericare standards. Also it truely depends on how you come in the room. You have to have a relationship with the female resident. Allow them to feel comfortable. And if she doesn't want you seeing them un-clothed. See if a female co-worker and you can change residents for bathing or changing,ect.
  16. FutureNurse23

    I'm really scared

    I would have to agree with Big5-oh. I couldnt agree anymore. You have good and bad residents. Yes some nurses look down on the CNA's. You have nurses who think they are better than you and are cliches with other nurses. Also you have nurses who are encouraging to you in supporting your hopes of becoming a nurse. The pay for being a CNA at times sucks. Especially, when you have no experience or less than a year of experience. Tell me about it I just took a job with a big paycut, ugh. But truely the importance of me being a CNA isnt for the pay. Its for the valuable information I learn that will be vital to me being a nurse. Also depending on shift and a new grad you honnestly could be making more in a wharehouse and possibly it being less physical. At times, I wish I would of went to school to become a Medical Assistant to support my hopes of being a nurse. Even though its hard to go to nursing school with hours of working in a clinic. And yes you get attached to residents. Sometimes you may even have to go to the restroom and wipe away tears from a resident passing away. Nursing is a career in which only the strong last. Its hard emotionally,physically, and at times it can be mentally challenging. I say if you can handle pre-school kids though you can handle the elderly. I never wanted to work in geriatrics. But, I found ways in being able to bond with the residents. And when I left my 1st job as a CNA I actually cried. I got hired to be a flight Attendant but thats another story,lol. Nevertheless, I wish you luck. And dont forget we are all scared at times. But new events never defeat us! And every CNA was scared at first. Day by day you get better!