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OpinionatedCNA is a CNA and specializes in Certified Vampire and Part-time Nursing Student.

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    IV spa/infusion center

    It's a money grab from rich people. Overstating health benefits for things that don't make a difference in health individuals or banana bags for hang-overs.
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    Why are CNA job applications like this?

    I apply to a flex-pool, specifically for part-time and per diem, CNA job at big hospital chain. Jump through all the hoops, submit the online interview application video which takes a good hour to complete. "Oh sorry, we only have one full-time position available. Would you like to discuss the position?" Like really? Did I waste my time and it's like. Why didn't you say this on the application? Are they so desperate for workers they are trying to trick new-hires into full-time positions? Really. What is it with big hospitals trying to pull this ***. The last job I left when they called me into interview, it wasn't even for the same position on the application I applied too! Then gas-lighted me during the interview like I didn't just study the damn job app right before I came in. I'm so frustrated. Can anybody else relate? Or am I just crazy. 😫 This is at those big hospital chains where they have HR I assume making the job applications but it NEVER reflects what the hospital actually is looking to hire. It makes no sense to me.
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    What departments draw the most blood?

    It depends what state you're in but for most you don't need need any sort of certificate or licensure to work as a phlebotomist. If you already know the basics from working as a CNA if you are interested you could just apply to the phlebotomy department, the hospital I work at hires people with no experience; they say they "require" experience on their application but I've never seen them hire anyone with experience because they refuse to offer higher pay for experience 🤡. I am working as an inpatient phlebotomist now, I was a CNA before, but I was getting burnt out, it's a good change of pace. It's a greaaaat skill, I just got my acceptance to nursing school and I'd like to think my IV game will be on point, I can already draw blood cultures & a rainbow from a stone. Honestly I feel pretty bad for our patients, our hospital hires a lot of new nurses who aren't allowed to practice on each other OR draw blood during their clinicals for BS CYA liability reasons and then they go on to massacre patients with huge veins trying to get in an IV. The patients are angry, but at the same time it's also not really the new nurses fault either. 🙈Knowing how to find veins will get you far.
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    Is anyone else holy crap concerned?

    I bet his doctor is giving him M&Ms and telling him it's hydroxychloroquine 🤭
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    Is there a "Nurse Shortage" Lie?

    Honestly what OP done sounds like a recipe for disaster, or just a mountain of student debt. Sounds like instead of paying money for 6+ more years of education OP should have been applying to a hospitals in some desolate rural states, stayed for a year, and then moved back into peak-saturation city with more experience. I'm not entirely sure there is a real shortage of nurses. I've asked a couple of my friends (one just graduated from her adn program, another is in the middle) and they are telling me that there are quite a few ****** jobs available in hospitals for nurses. They will tout the "nursing shortage" for constantly hiring new grads which is nothing but the hospitals own manufacturing. They put new grads to the meat grinder because they don't demand a good salary or benefits and burn them out with short staffing. So there is not a shortage of nurses but a shortage of good nursing jobs in my city. Grain of sand I guess because I'm not a nurse but I am considering an aBSN so I've done some job researching because I wanna know what I'm getting myself lol
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    Supervised smoking in LTC

    I'm sorry but if a resident can't wheel themselves to the smoking area, or for gods sake lift the cigarette up to their own mouth, they have no business smoking and nicotine patches and withdraw should be discussed with their doctor. Screw residents rights, you have a right as an employee not to be subjected to inhale second hand smoke for 8+ hours if you don't want too and the health risks that go along with that.
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    Hate CNA Class - what should I do?

    No offense, but if you're having anxiety attacks from a CNA course you might want to re-evaluate your future plans. There is a reason why mid-level provider schools, PA and NP, look highly on previous CNA employment. The experience you get as a CNA doing the "dirty work" and spending time with residents can give you invaluable interpersonal skills for a healthcare professional. And it really can be anxiety inducing at first, personally I am of the opinion that you should stick it out and work as a CNA for 6 months before quitting. It really is an easy certification process and you can learn a lot (even if you've learned you hate it).
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    Transgender Actress on General Hospital Breaks New Ground

    Instead of thanking a soap opera for the visibility from playing with the idea of transgender doctors as entertainment, I will remember and share the legacy of many historic transgender doctors who did it before being 'transgender' was even on peoples radar- these are the people who give hope to transgender people to reach for the stars, not some trashy soap opera. Surgeon James Barry 1795- 1865: Performed the first C section in Africa where both mom and baby survived the operation, stationed in South Africa as a british military medical officer well-known for advocating sanitary improvements for the poor Alan L Heart 1890-1962: pioneered xray detection of TB & implemented screening programs Laurence Michael Dillon 1951-1962: british naval physician Ben Barres 1954-2017: Chair of Neurobiology at Stanford And seriously, "Should a transgender plot be played out in a hospital setting?" Personally I'm counting on a long career in healthcare pushing the immoral and offensive "transgender plot" onto innocent patients so I guess the answer is yes. As a Millenial I just have the radical idea that a healthcare workers gender does not matter as much as their competency, bedside manner, and care for patients.
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    Sitting a patient on the floor

    I had an extremely confused dementia resident who becomes combative easily ended up crawling under his bed on the floor trying to chase some hallucination. I ended up leaving him there because it was obvious he wasn't coming out unless we physically dragged him out, and I'm not wrecking my back for any patient. Kept the nurse updated and kept checking in on him until like an hour and a half later he calmed down and let me help him up. Also had this s u p e r confused and agitated dementia patient who fell and would just constantly try to walk/crawl outside of his wheelchair. Even parked right next to the nurses station he would crawl/fall out of his wheelchair and end up on the floor like immediately after he would lift him up and put him back in, no amount of distractions or talking to him helped. At the end of the shift his nurse just told us (the CNA's) to leave him on the floor until whatever mood he was in passed. But then it seems like some dumb **** like this only ever happens at a facility that is always understaffed, like mine, so you get one or two of them every shift plus another 10 residents and it wears you down so fast. You can't keep your eyes on them at all times so they're just on the floor constantly until the facility finally decides to put them on 1:1.
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    A patient spit in my face

    However you feel about the nurse, I would file a work report and initiate whatever protocol there is for exposures. You don't know what these patients have and you have to be proactive to protect your own health (obviously your company or your coworkers won't). It's all fun and games until you get hepatitis.
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    MD vs DO

    Just commenting to say, MD and DO are both doctors, have equivalent scope of practice for their specialties. The main difference is that DO's are trained in and can bill for osteopathic manipulation (like the lymphatic pump), which is not pseudoscience or homeopathy, it actually works. I've been told that DO's are encouraged in school to first give people non-prescription solutions for their problems before they prescribe, if possible. 'Help the body heal itself' basically. They may try things such as natural remedies, NOT HOMEOPATHY, things with actual scientific evidence behind it, basically try things that worked as medicine before we started in our modern day to isolate the main chemical compound out of 'X' food and put it in a pill. So if someone comes in for something mild they might recommend adding a certain food, a change in diet, or lifestyle choices whereas maybe an MD would just immediately write them a script. Basically, they are schooled in everything a modern MD can do, + the best and still useful past medicinal remedies, + osteopathic manipulation.
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    Eating the patients' food?

    I am a CNA at a nursing home, it's not a big deal as long as you make sure all the residents have at least been offered their food, if they refuse or the kitchen sends extra trays for someone who was already discharged it's just going to get tossed anyway. That said I've seen a CNA get suspended for it (sounds like an overreaction but not really). I work evenings, a resident who was not expected to be coming back my shift came back (family pulled her out of the hospital AMA), I never even looked in that room because of this and I was super busy that day. Well apparently the day CNA had helped herself to the breakfast the kitchen had sent for that pt and left it there in the room, so when the family brought her back they immediately see the remains of the breakfast from that morning still sitting there in the room and are now concerned with staff going through the pt's things while she was gone and stealing, etc. They ended up moving facilities because of it. No idea why the CNA just didn't take the plate into either the pantry or the break room and eat it there. Instead she sat in the residents room watching tv, ate her breakfast on the clock. Maybe it's bad of me but it always makes me laugh a little but the aide was so morbidly obese but I always wondered how you can get that fat as a CNA, running around constantly chasing call lights, but apparently that's how.
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    I bombed my interview

    Keep trying and putting yourself out there and eventually you're bound to get where you want to go. I understand; just got back and recovering from an absolutely terrible interview I had earlier today, feel pretty crappy now... but you can't let things like that get you down.
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    CNA Weekends Only

    You can do this definitely. In fact I've been only working weekends while I'm getting my bachelors, in florida too You will probably have more chances for landing a job at a nursing home or AL because hospitals only really want to hire full time people.
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    CNA scope of practice issue on my unit

    I feel bad because sometimes I think it is confusing sometimes as a CNA, especially if you're new to a facility. As long as you tell her that she's supposed to be doing it and offer to teach her how to do it then it will probably be something the supervisor will have to handle. If she keeps refusing after that then it's a bad sign for her. Maybe she does think she's not allowed too, stuff like that can be weird. I'm a cna in a ltc right now what we're allowed and not allowed to do doesn't make any sense to me. We're allowed to change the foley bags to leg bag and allowed to empty/change the ileostomy pouches but we're not allowed to give residents Ensure because it's considered medicine. It doesn't make any sense but nothing the management decides ever does.
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    Bad Facility Or Am I Crazy?

    Okay to start off, I like being employed but every day I'm there feels like I'm walking on eggshells because there's not enough CNAs to go around and some resident always ends up getting shafted and not recieving proper care. Like today I felt bad because I couldn't perform enough incontinence care on my residents and the first time I had the chance to check on him he had soaked through his diaper to the sheets. I don't know what I can do if I'm already constantly busy and still can't finish, I already work pretty fast now that I'm used to the job. Also lately there have been red flags that I don't know if they've always been there or if I just noticed now I've gotten settled into my first job as a CNA but one of our nurses quit because he said he didn't want to lose his license working here, and I've worked with him and he's a pretty good nurse not perfect but reliable and he wants what's best for the residents. I've talked to some of the other nurses working now and they all said they are planning on leaving asap, most are LPN's staying until they finish their RN schooling and then they're gone. A few weeks ago our DON changed the staffing on the floor which I hoped would help but I don't think it is. She is supposibly trying to add more nurses to the floor and they are supposed to help CNAs with getting people up and 2+ assist people, so there won't need to be as much CNAs, but the only thing that has happened is that there is less CNAs and NO additional nurses. So the nurses are understaffed because they were always understaffed even before this change and now the CNAs are understaffed too. I just don't want to get caught up in the crossfire of being fired or having my license taken away because I literally can't care for all these residents and being accused of neglect. I just am kind of unsure because looking at what people say online, the number of residests I have doesn't seem to be too much. I had around 8 residents before the "staffing change" and today I would have had 12 if there were no open beds and I can just barely take care of 8 residents, not 12 at all! To elaborate today there was for 40ish residents dayshift, 2 nurses and 4 CNAs. Before the staff change there was 5-6 CNAs and the same number of nurses. This is a skilled care/rehab floor so we have anywhere between total care residents and just small care, but almost all of the residents are dependant and need help with transferring and going to the bathroom. Also there are a few random dementia patients on our floor (instead of being in the dementia unit the facility has) who really need constant supervision or they will wander and fall. Anyway I guess I will stick around for a few more weeks at the least because today was the first I've seen of the new staff change and maybe it's not always this much of a disaster but if it is I'm out of here. I'm just scared that if I quit working here I'm going to go to another LTC facility and it's going to be just as bad or worse. Especially I hear online about CNAs having 20+ patients on day shift which can't be possible! Right? I would appreciate anyone's opinions because I need some, this is my first job as a CNA and is this the norm or is my facility just going down the *******?