Good for you for going to the DON. I have been a CNA for 14 yrs. I'm enrolled in an LPN program now. It's so sad that patients get treated so poorly. Last year I got a job at a neurologic rehab and similar things were going on there but worse. When some of these young aides had to TRAIN me, I watched them put 3 briefs, and 4 chuck pads under a patient that had MRSA so they wouldn't need to go back for the rest of there shift.Some of them would curse at the PT's, hide out in the rooms on their cell phones, etc. I stayed for a week and could not drag myself to walk in the building on my 8th night. I turned around, got in my car and went home. I ended up writing a 4 page letter to the administrator and the DON about what I saw and explained that I would not be a part of it by working in the facility. They had a meeting with me, and said they would address the situation, and do what needed to be done , they begged me to stay but deep down I had a feeling if change was made it won't last long. Everytime I've worked in a LTC facility
I feel so bad about leaving because I wonder who really takes care of them if no one is there that really cares... But then I can't let myself be associated with that type of care.nursing definitely needs more caring people like you so keep up the great work!! And as one of my instructors says daily " in nursing, be a RAT, if you see something wrong,
then rat, you are there for your
patients, do the right thing!"