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    Where Can A 17 Year Old Work?!

    Most facilities want you to be 18 also due to the fact that you cannot legally operate lifting equipment until you are 18. Some facilities will probably still hire you but limit you to what you can do until you turn 18.
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    How is teamwork where you work?

    There are always going to be the people who don't pull their equal weight, the people who want to be SuperAide, the people who work hard and get the short end of the stick, and the people who know how to work together. It is impossible to work somewhere that these people don't. The key is to work around it. I'm sorry you supervisor buys into this aide's drama; you are wise to look for another job. Where I work, the lone wolf approach and the I can't do it all by myself approach doesn't work. We do teamwork and we work together to get things accomplished. It is expected by each of us CNAs (with the exception of one), by the administration, the DON, and the nurses. Some branch out and don't play along but more gets accomplished by our approach. The ones who don't play along usually don't last or they get reprimanded. Perhaps some reverse psychology on your fellow CNA could help: Make a bargain with her that if she wants your help, she has to help you first. If the supervisor is upset by it, well, you weren't hired and assigned to her position and your own.
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    Spring Forward

    I may or may not. Census is low enough I'm currently marked as on call for tomorrow morning. Yippee!
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    Work Smells

    The c.diff patients....yes! That odor will infect the entire hallway! We had one recently and once you experience it, you never forget it. I think I might start keeping a jar of coffee beans in my locker and sniff them after cleaning up a patient with a BM accident. I've been doing this for 3 years so I'm pretty used to the smells but the ones that linger get me every time.
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    Work Smells

    Nope, not a typo in the title. I know over time you get used to the smells you encounter at work. I know all the tricks of the trade when I feel like gaging when cleaning up a particularly difficult code brown, but every once in a while, I come across a code brown that lingers in my nose long, long after I have it cleaned up. I always check myself when I'm done cleaning up someone with an incontinent BM to make sure it didn't get on me but despite checking and knowing it isn't on my uniform, it's as if my nose is still tricking me into smelling it. Anyone else experience this and have advice for how to get the smell to leave my nose?
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    CNA Hospital Patient Responsibilities

    Mind you, I work at a small hospital, but we do admits, discharges, vitals, I & Os, ambulation, assist PT as needed, pass hall trays, set up telemetry, take patients down to the attached clinic for appointments, baths and showers, pass ice waters, snacks, clean and tidy rooms, make beds, set up rooms after they have been deep cleaned after a discharge, take out the trash and laundry, and help in the ER as needed. The nurses do Accuchecks, anything with IVs, and remove foleys.
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    CNA questions

    I made myself a "brain" sheet. It's difficult to describe but I have it set up to record patients' names, room numbers, whether they have vitals that need charted and how often, if they are on i&o, have a Foley, and a place to chart anything else I need to know and what I do for them during the day. The only time I stop to chart during shift is if I am charting their vitals on q8 or q4, or if they refuse care multiple times and I need to cover myself and the nurse. Everything else I wait to chart at the end of my shift. At the hospital where I work, CNAs sit in on the nurses' shift report at the beginning of shift but report off to incoming CNAs at the end of shift. We fill out incident reports with our side of what happened. It is a much simpler form than what I had to do in LTC. But, as others have said, your mileage may vary depending on building policy.
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    Orientation for a job

    Orientation usually occurs after you have the job secured. They didn't tell you about pay and benefits then? If you're actually on the floor, you need to have scrubs on and shoes that will be sturdy and comfortable.
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    Firing employees who refuses to come into work.

    My dad still has one in his basement. It's a lovely avocado green.
  10. The Compass test is a test of your basic knowledge level and is often used to find the best entry level classes for you when starting at a community college. They probably are going to look at your reading score for entry into a CNA class and maybe your math score. There really isn't any way to prepare for it as your 4 years of high school were the preparation for it.
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    Cna instructor:diarrhea of the mouth

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    Firing employees who refuses to come into work.

    What about a rotary dial phone? *giggle*
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    Fired for posting on face book

    Don't count on it. Nothing put on the internet is ever truly private. There are always ways of finding so-called private information. If people want the information bad enough, they will find a way around Facebook's security provisions. My rule of thumb is that if I wouldn't share it out in public, I won't share it on Facebook.
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    STNA and CNA are the same thing. Some states call them STNA and others call them CNA.
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    Cna instructor:diarrhea of the mouth

    A wise person once told me that anything worth doing requires effort. Even the most successful people in the world, regardless of their income, had to fail multiple times before they found success. Failure and success go hand in hand; you can't have one without the other. If you truly want to do this, you have to make an effort and learn from your failures. Yes, it was not appropriate for the instructor to say what was said in public, but take that experience and make it a positive.
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    Catheter care

    Yep. I am feeling the same way. To the OP, if you're going to work in healthcare, proper terminology is a must. If you were to use slang terminology like that in front of a patient, the patient would likely be incredibly insulted and humiliated. Just like we have to be conscious of what we do to patients, we have to be conscious of what we say in front of them, too. Just a bit of advice, for what it's worth.