I've worked all types of "service" jobs over the years, retail, fast food, receptionist, customer services phone rep etc. I have been a CNA for over 7 years, and currently a nursing student. I can honestly say the worst job I have ever had is my current CNA job.
Today the census on our medical oncology floor was 28. We had 6 rn's and 3 aids. Charge nurse tells me and another aid if we don't get another admit before midnight I'm sending a CNA home. I say well the staffing grid calls for 3 aids at 27 patients. According to staffing grid a nurse is supposed supposed to go home, there are 2 nurses with only 4 patients, the rest of them are at 5 (max pt. to nurse ratio 6:1) She says well what if the ER starts sending people up. I'm like exactly each aid will already be at 14, then having to deal with new patients too, and I'll have at least 3 nurses to assist. She says well that doesn't matter.
I had to walk away cause the next thing's out of my mouth would have gotten me fired. She just told me I didn't matter.
Between 4-6:30 am I'm expected to get vitals on all my patients,empty all the foleys, garbages give at least 3 bed baths, check blood sugars (had 6). Make sure all my I&O'S and baths are charted. I had 2 neutropenic chemo patients one is puking the other has the runs and insists on walking to the bathroom making a mess every time. Oh let's not forget the positive TB patient.
And to top it all off she told the house supervisor the aid volunteered to go home!!!
Sorry this turned into a vent but if I didn't let it out I was gonna explode.