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  1. SW2CNA

    I feel horrible

    So very sorry this all happened. I can understand all too well. I was a brand new aide about 3 years ago and tried to help do get-ups for breakfast when I had an incident. I had to lower the resident to the ground because she would neither step back to sit on her bed nor step to sit in her chair. Though I did it all relatively safely and there was no injury, I was suspended without pay for 3 days (She was a 2 person transfer due to her size, but everyone always said they did her by themselves.)This atop complaints from an overly-interested-in-what-I-was-doing aide who seemed to continuously try to get me written up or fired for every little thing. I used to go in the shower room's bathroom to cry. A lot. I was overwhelmed daily. I could not understand why other aides would not help me or offer advice, and would rather report me at every opportunity. As a result, in time, I honed my skills and became that aide to help out the newbies, whether it was lowering the bed or getting a resident off a bedpan and then telling the aide I helped, or offering reassurance when the Mean Girls attacked. These types are rampant in healthcare, I'm sorry to say. They fail to understand the meaning of teamwork, much less compassion, and don't belong in a caregiving profession. I thank God the complainer got knocked up and quit to work in a doctor's office--I'm sure she's trying her best to make someone else miserable there, but at least it's no longer me. An interesting postscript is that that same resident has had multiple episodes of transferring and then "forgetting" how to do so successfully, which has resulted in a nurse's permanent back injury as well as many team lifts off the floor back into her bed. But I was the only one who ever got written up over it or suspended. Hmmm...am I sore about it? Sure. It wasn't fair by comparison, but I own that I should've waited for help. I think you owned your mistake and will learn from it in much the same way. Best of luck
  2. SW2CNA

    Understaffed and overwhelmed

    Thanks so much for the support and advice. We just had a meeting with admin and corporate about plans to make things better. They did hire a few more aides, who are in orientation, and there is one nurse supervisor who has been helping with lights in the interim. It's just too much for anybody, and I guess I needed that validation from someone who's been there. I'm getting my KMA this fall and hopefully it will be a little better as a medication aide.
  3. Even though I am only a CNA right now, I can tell you are a good nurse, as I watch mine daily to figure out what I want to be like and what I never want to be like. The best nurses are present and accountable, but not totally self-sacrificing. Yes, many skip breaks and meals, but eat while charting. I had one tell me to hydrate because she'd seen that I had worked the better part of a double (16 hours) with no break or lunch. Hydrating helps your muscles not be sore the next day. On the way to work, I get a large sweet tea from McDee's for the caffeine and sugar rush and then refill with ice and water several times throughout the day. On a routine pee break, I grab a few bites of a sandwich or suck down a yogurt and I'm good to go. I don't even sit. Also, delegating more is a great piece of advice--CNAs or PCTs are there to answer lights. That's my job! If I answer a light and the resident needs something out of my scope that only a nurse can do, I relay that message. We joke that our rehab unit is the Ritz Carlton because it looks like Christmas with all the lights and they are extra needy, for the most inane things at times. The Alzheimer's unit and regular LTC unit are a lot more chill most days. Full moons don't count. Yes, you should speak to that person who yelled down the hall at you. Not acceptable at all, unless there's a fall, fight, or code. They could frighten or wake a sleeping patient within earshot. I do one of 2 things to get my nurse's attention if on the phone/otherwise busy--write what the resident needs on an index card along with their name and room # and place in front of them, or stand close looming in a sort of pee-pee dance urgency. I'm not easily missed because I'm pretty tall. They get to me when they are at a good stopping point. People in administrative duties are so often clueless about how we have things prioritized, as I have been told that a resident needs to be toileted or changed, etc., by one passing through...even though they might have been next on my round. Don't take it personally. One of the best things someone ever told me was attributed to Hillary Clinton during her Lewinsky woes--she said she learned to "take things seriously but not personally". As in, I acknowlege what you are saying and may address it, but it's not a judgement or poor reflection on anything I've done/am doing. The second came recently, when we were short-staffed, the AC wasn't working properly on much of the unit (80+degrees!), and a new nurse snapped at me that I needed to "prioritize" this one light because it had been on for "a hot minute". I told her I had to lay my people down from dinner first and then would then get the light of the person (whom I had recently changed). But I was enraged, mostly from the assumption I was ignoring the light. So I went to the nurse supervisor and spilled it all, told her I wanted to tender my resignation, etc. She said something about not reacting emotionally (in the kindest way), and offered me a gatorade LOL. This nurse was onto something, as she saw I was hot, hadn't had a break, and was emotionally overwrought. She knew that while emotion is part of what makes you a good aide (or nurse!), you gotta keep it in check by keeping your physical and mental states well at all times. Later on that night, I had to help that nurse who yelled at me put a resident on a bed pan. She'd literally never done it (and had it positioned upside down), so I guessed she'd never been an aide and that this was her first nursing job. From that point on, we were cool, and have been on every shift we work together. I really hope you stay in nursing and on the boards because I'm sure you will have sage advice one day when I'm on the floor, and ready to give up!
  4. SW2CNA

    Understaffed and overwhelmed

    So it's an off-told story: long term care CNA here, understaffed to the point of exhaustion. Within the past 2 weeks, we've lost our 2 regular FT weekly 3-11 aides on my unit, meaning its just me and 2 others taking care of nearly 50 residents. Yes, that means 16-17 residents each. And yet we are still expected to get a full set of vitals on each, pass ice and snacks, do rounds every 2-3 hours, and oh yeah, do 2 showers each. What charting? The charting we get written up over if not completed? Yeah, that charting too. Not to mention manage get ups for dinner, and get our own 30 minute lunch and 2 15-minute breaks. I did the math and tried to schedule for all the above and it only affords 2 full rounds, which isn't me doing my job. Heaven forbid we have the daily emotional meltdown, a fall, or anything else that impedes our progress. Well they've started with the $50 bonus for CNAs coming in to pick up 3-11. Last week saw the DON and nurse supervisor helping me pass snacks and put people to bed. Dinner, which usually is from 5:30-6:30 ended around 8. It's beyond ridiculous. I'm starting to have trouble sleeping over it. My plan was to do this until school in August, when I start getting my KMA (medication aide) training. I want to go from CNA to KMA to LPN and finally RN. However at my facility, they have started mandating everyone from activities to the van driver get their CNA so we always have back up. Enter even more essential people leaving....right as we prepare to open to visitors on July 15. Now I'm gonna have angry family yelling at me because mom hasn't showered all week and dad is lying in what looks like the poop version of a chalk outline at a murder scene. Should I go back to Target or temp in an office somewhere? I'm at wits end. And yes, we actually met with two ppl from corporate within the last month to try and keep people from leaving and make things better. The people still left. Things aren't any better.
  5. Hello all, So I passed my CNA state test (yaay I'm bonafide) and am enrolled in the spring to get a few pre-reqs out of the way before applying to nursing school. I LOVE the instructors at BCTC, as did I love the ones a million years ago when it was little ole LCC. Way better deal economically-speaking than other nearby options, too. My observation/question is this tho...what the eff is up with the price of the anatomy text??? It's a ONE HUNDRED LEVEL CLASS. The FIRST anatomy class. Am I misunderstanding something? I went to grad school and can only remember one or two texts that even came within a fraction of the price of this anatomy text (and by that I mean 1/3-1/2). My engineer bf laughed out loud when he heard the price, as never in HIS education did he see such a price (and he got the much heralded STEM degree). I see that you can rent it or buy it in electronic or looseleaf form, and used as well, but seriously guys....a little ridiculous. Mom and Dad aren't paying for this. It's me and mine. And even tho I didn't request an online class, I have been thrust into Starfish and Blackboard and Peoplesoft and and and...do I at least get credit for navigating these unnecessarily complicated waters? I mean, I get that we are in the age of social media and that kids today, well they're different learners than those of us who awaited a paper syllabus the first day of class and traditionally bought our books at one of those terrible stores that would charge full price only to then give us half the value at semester's end. I get that. I MISS that. I miss talking to people in person rather than across computer screens. Sorry for the rant, but when I first made this career plan, I was under the impression that BCTC was going to be demonstrably less expensive than UK. Is this assumption merely based upon the price per credit hour? Is this crazily expensive anatomy book the exception in an otherwise frugal choice? Thx

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