Update** I have worked at this facility since October of last year. I do like it, but there are things that could have been worded differently during the interview. Our facility is split between sides, or halls, (East and West) and then each side is split (front hall and back hall). Usually on my side, East, there are 4-5 CNAs on each side (2-3 on front hall and 2 on back hall). East Front hall can house 27 residents and East back hall can house up to 22. During meal time, all except 2 CNAs help feed residents who require assistance. The 2 CNAs left on the hall are the meal aides. They hold down the fort while everyone is eating by answering call lights and taking care of the residents on both front and back hall on their side. So for 2-3 hours during a shift there is really only 2 CNAs on the floor.
I do like my job and have learned a lot in this short time working their. There aren't enough CNAs and sometimes our residents suffer because of it. I don't know how those nurses who have 36-40 residents under them at one time get their 2 hour med pass complete on time. I struggle to finish mine on time and the max I have is 27. I stop to help my CNAs and try my best not to rush in and out of room as to not make my residents feel as though they are "just another pill' to me.
A nurse that trained me told me once that this job will help when I go to work at a hospital. Those nurses don't have as many patients under them. I hope he was right. I do like my job, despite it's stressors.