Well, clinicals again today. It was MUCH better! The CNA who worked this time actually cared about her patients, and managed to get things done on a timely manner. She didn't turn on MTV, she spent time with me showing me how to care for them, she talked to them like they were human beings. It was a breath of fresh air.
Thanks everyone for the advice, I'm obviously sticking it out I just don't understand how it's so easy for people to become so callaced to other human being's needs. I mean sure, being a CNA sucks... and is terrible pay, but it's the job you chose so do it right.
But fortunately I found my instructor today, and got her help to do total care on this bed bound patient (who REALLY needed it, she was one of the ones who's family was bad mouthed in front of her by aids, and where the aids decided to watch MTV while providing care... she was bed bound, unable to speak, and pretty unable to move).
We did a complete, and thorough bed bath (where, unlike last time with the CNAs, we used blankets and bath blankets to keep her warm, instead of just laying there completely exposed) which took about 45 minutes (extra time because I'm new at this), we changed her bed, we combed her hair, and gave her a back rub, and even did range of motion on her entire body, and I swore she was smiling at the end. Then for good measure we turned her to her side, which probably never happens (it wasn't done monday anyway). But she was so stiff, the range of motion didn't have much range, though I could physically feel her muscles loosening as we did it.
Anyway, it was a much better day.
I mean if you have, as previous posters say, like 1 cna to 60 or more patients, care in any manner would be impossible. But then what's the point of keeping these people alive when they get to that place with that level of care?
But I think as a nurse, I can have some say over what at least my aides do. I mean, we are technically above them on the totem pole right? I guess it would be facility specific, but if I'm a nurse on a floor, I'm going to make sure the aides are providing good care to the patients (in a respectful way of course, I'm just saying I'm not dealing with the attitudes of the CNAs that I'm seeing at this facility).