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  1. LightX

    I didn't see the light on???

    I must vent or I'll explode. I work in LTC. I'm usually pretty good at staying "on schedule" with my residents. Lately, when any nurse is filling in (we have an open position), that nurse (different each day) seems to feel the need to point out to me and my hall partner that "Ray's light is on, he wants to be changed", "Mary wants some ice"....etc...well NO KIDDING!! Do you think I don't see it!? Do you think I don't know!?? Do you think I'm just hangin out in the hallway twiddling my thumbs!!!?? I can SEE his light is on and I just changed him 20 minutes ago, his light is ALWAYS ON' and he's ALWAYS wanting something. ....and I'm sorry "Mary wants some ice", she's going to have to wait while I change the resident who had a BM in his brief and the other resident' who's been wanting to get into bed for the past hour, and then I have to take Millie to therapy, and get John into bed so that SAME nurse can hook him up to his tube feed...... I KNOW THEIR LIGHT IS ON, I KNOW WHAT THEY WANT AND IT'S JUST GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT A BIT LONGER OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE PULLING ME IN THE OFFICE FOR HAVING A RESIDENT WITH SKIN SORES, MISSED THERAPY APPTS, AND A RESIDENT WHO FELL BECAUSE SHE SELF TRANSFERED. It drives me crazy sometimes. Our other nurse would help if she could (get Mary some ice), and she knew that we KNEW what had to be done... and it just bugs me that the new nurses haven't figured that out yet. I know they don't know us, but just let us do our jobs and quit harping! We know what we're doing with the little time we have for the amount of work needing to be done... The day we stand in the hallway twiddling our thumbs is the day you can harp on us. Thank you, I feel a little better.
  2. LightX

    Any other job options for Patient Care Techs?

  3. Try applying for a job working in an assisted living. I don't think you need to be certified in RI to work in an assisted living. You can also do home care. You won't be able to do any hands on care without being certified, but you can be a Home health aide and do shopping, cleaning etc. The home care agency may even help you get your certification. You can also work for group homes for mentally retarded. You do not need to be certified and you will have an advantage at getting the job because you have gone through the training. Some group homes pay just as much as a nursing home but the work is alot lighter and again, you don't need to be certified...(In Conn. you don't anyway, and I think it's the same in RI). To find out where the group homes for mentally retarded adults are, go to the Department of Mental Retardation...you can also search online. It will get you a job without being certified. I hope you will still get certified tho, it will make changing jobs so much easier and you will be able to go just about anywhere.
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    First day of clinicals, really nervous!

    Ask tons of questions!!!! This is the time to ask. If you get the chance, talk to the CNA's that work there about their job. Tricks and tips they can offer. Some of the "tricks" and "short cuts" you will NOT be able to use during your clinicals or for the state exam, but when you get into the "real world" it will be helpful especially as a new CNA. Try not to be nervous...think of it as a classroom.
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    CNA 2 Courses???

    CNA2??? never heard of it before?? I would wonder how it would increase your skill level and how would it help you to get a better paying job.
  6. Pull the shirt all the way up in the back to her neck first, then get an arm out, then the other arm, then over her head. Mention to the social worker that she could use some better fitting shirts. The social worker can talk with the family or if the facility monitors her $$ for her they can purchase new shirts.
  7. You will learn faster by doing. Ask the mentor to let you do every task and have them correct you or show you an easier way if necessary. You will feel a little freaked out at first, but that's normal. Just remember what you did in clinicals and use common sense. Move quickly between residents and slow down while with residents. Get what you need/might need (extra bed pads for heavy bed wetters) before entering a room (you will learn quickly what you need!). Use any down time you have to do tasks (ex: while waiting on a resident who is on the toilet you can get their bed made, tidy room, get PJ's ready). Most importantly, don't get discouraged. We've all been there and have all made it and you will too!
  8. LightX

    It's been a while...

    There is always home care. You can pick and choose your shifts and could even work 2-4 hours a week! Family will be happy and so will you!
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    If the specific color is just for the class, cheap is ok. Once you start working, you will find that pockets are a MUST! The more the better. Stretchy isn't as important but I like to have room in my scrubs, especially the tops. I have been able to find scrubs at yard sales and thrift or second hand stores for very reasonable prices. The facility you end up at may require a different color or may even provide you with uniforms, so keep that in mind. You don't want to spend alot of $$ on scrubs that you can't use once you start working. When I did my training, I had 1 top and 1 pair of pants in the color required for the class.
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    Cna job at nursing home

    If you past your state exam, you'll be fine! Most of the job is common sense. The only way you could "mess up" in a way that could get you fired is if you forget to attach a residents alarm and then they fall. The best advice I got when I first started is to move quickly BETWEEN residents and slow down when WITH residents. Before you leave the room (the resident) double check that all safety devices (alarms/pads etc) are in place!!!
  11. LightX

    State test soon!

    If you study, it will be a breeze!
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    Resident of AFH as "Visitor"

    Many of the AFH in my state also provide respite services to families on weekends or for short periods of time. (so the family who usually provides care can get a break for a few days/week...). That "client" will receive care along with the other residents by the aides of that facility while they are there.
  13. Don't panic. Show no fear (or anxiety). Act like you know what you're doing, even if you feel like you have no clue...at the same time, don't be afraid to ask questions. Most of the job is common sense and if you past the state exam, you'll be fine!!! At first you will feel like there is NO WAY you will get everything done in your shift...and you probably won't but, You'll get a routine down, get to know the residents and things will get easier. I was lucky to have such a great team who was so willing to help. Hopefully you will have the same experience. If you don't, don't let it get to you. Just do your best. It can be very overwheleming the first week or so, but it does get easier. The most important thing to remember when you're on your own is patient safety! Stop and think before you leave the room...does the resident have any and all safety alarms/pads etc in place.
  14. LightX

    How many scrubs do you own?

    I work part time. I have about 8 sets...all of which I bought from yard sales for $1. or less or had been given to me. They are all nice tops (and pants) too!
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    CNA new to home health -- unsure of new job

    It has been my experience that the home care agencies will use you as much as and in any way possible. They will probably send you out of your radius of where you are willing to travel "just this once" then soon you will find it happening more often. Give an inch and they'll take a mile. You can add to your availability that you can NOT do 12 hours shifts. It is odd that the agency knows NOTHING about a client before sending you in. I've never heard of that. All the agencies I've worked for have always had a nurse go in first and write up a care plan, which basically tells you what is expected of you when you get there. (bathe the client, do laundry, feed etc). You may not have this info BEFORE you arrive, but it should be there for you to review when u do get there. btw, you can also tell the agency if you are not comfortable going into certain neighborhoods. I believe you have more say about how, where and when you can work with homecare than LTC. Don't be afraid to speak up.
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    Physical for CNA training

    I had pulled muscles in my back as well as a hernia in the past as a caregiver. When I had a physical for my CNA I included that information. The doctor asked me if I any problems and if I felt I could perform the lifting duties required of a CNA. I told him I felt I could with no problem. He signed off on the paperwork and off I went to classes. Just be honest. I also sugguest you talk with your doctor about if and how having the hernia repairs done will effect your job as a CNA. If he/she gives the ok, you can add that information to the application with your own asterik.