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    I quit!

    So, after working for several years as a NA, today was my last shift :) I had been working PRN for a time, and then I just decided I can't do it any more. So I managed to get a retail job that pays around the same amount. I am to start next week. I am kind of sad, but it was time for me to take a break. Maybe I will come back to healthcare, I don't know yet. At least I have a 9-5 "normal" job, now, no more early starts or late finishes! So I am out of here! Hats off to all you people that can stay in the field for long times!
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    Oh, honey.

    I am truly fortunate in that I have experienced possible maximum 5/10. I can't even imagine a 10/10 pain. I can't imagine wanting to talk, certainly not to be eating.
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    Oh, honey.

    Just walking down the street, minding your own business is very dangerous.
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    good luck! Ireland is a beautiful country.
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    two weeks as a CNA, and something doesnt seem right?

    Unfortunately, the nature of LTC is that it is chronically short staffed. Exactly how long had you been working before you were "left to get on with it"? I know the frustrations of taking a long time on one person in LTC while you still have another 11+ to deal with. Re: Night checks. You don't necessarily have to wake a person to check them. For example, one of the wards I worked on had a no briefs at night rule. You can check them just by lifting the sheets. And for turning, I position them on their side around 10pm. Around midnight-1am I remove the pillow at their back so they naturally roll over onto their back. Then I just have to wake them at 2am to give them a turn- and its just a roll and to place a pillow. Of course if they need changing at midnight, I change and turn them to the other side (so that the next time I can just pull the pillow out again...). But some wards allow us to turn every 4 hours at night instead of every 2, so that people can get some sleep.
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    Measles, Mumps, Rubella... Forgotten but NOT Gone

    Those who refuse to vax are playing Russian roulette with their kids lives.
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    No more glucose checks by CNAs/PCTs

    We wash the hand, no alcohol pad.
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    I once read of a family of boys named Ringo Starr, Mickjagger and Elvis. In RL, my brother knows a girl named Tequila.
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    No more glucose checks by CNAs/PCTs

    In my hospital, it depends what ward I work on, most places the nurses do them before they give the insulin, only on one is it 100% the assistants job.
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    No more glucose checks by CNAs/PCTs

    In my place, that would get the aide into trouble, although the nurse would also be in trouble, because they are meant to check the paper charts every 2 hours and initial to acknowledge they have noted the vitals.
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    Racial Refusals In Nursing

    Once, A sitter had been assigned, but this elderly lady didn't like him. She didn't like black men, her family later explained. The lady had dementia, and for whatever reason, black males freaked her out. We were fine with that situation- it wasn't that she was deliberately being a racist. I swapped, and everything was fine. She was happy with a female of any race. I think there is a difference between that situation, and somebody with all their faculties who is just being a jerk.
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    Racial Refusals In Nursing

    I don't understand why the hospital would fawn around these people like that. It's crazy.
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    Mouthcare & denture skill

    If the resident is unable to do their own mouth care, you have to do it for them. You will get some advice from others here :)
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    CNA questions

    It depends on your facility policy. We can only answer from our own facility POV, so you should ask your DON or one of the nurses. Charting: Where I work, its expected to be as soon as possible. Regarding another CNA call bell, I would just put what I did. We do fill out incident reports, sometimes. Reporting off: Just say what you observed or what the patient told you. For example "I just turned Mrs. X and I think her heels are getting a little red" or "Mr. Z says he has a headache".
  15. That was the culture then. I would be surprised if it was like that anywhere in the West now.
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