I'm glad to hear there are facilities that look out for the care of the resident. I have been a CNA since 1982 and recieved my STNA in Ohio in 2006. I have worked in many aspects of the medicial field, throughout my years as a nursing assistant. Nursing home, hospital, ER, ICU, Rehab Unit, EMT, Vent Rehab, just to name a few. I have been trainned on the job for many skills that nursing assistants are not required to do, which classifies me as a Tech in some jobs.
I have taken care of more residents than any one caregiver should ever safely be responsible for, but with people calling off and management usually not scheduling enough CNA's to cover these situations when they happen, then that leaves the CNA's who are there to carry their work load, along with the other persons. All these residents have to be cared for, no matter how many people are working that day. In the state of Ohio, we have the state who comes into the nursing homes to do surveys, and unless it has changed recently the ratio of CNA's to residents is 1 to 13. But, unless management knows that State is due in for their yearly survey, this usually does not happen.
The DON from NY, above, seems to be trying to make sure the residents of that facilitity, received the best of care. My hat is off to her for trying to make a difference, by scheduling more CNA's to cover when there is more work to be done, in the morning hours.
The only question I have for her is how many residents does your facility house? If your ratio for CNA's and residents is 1 to 8, that is fanastic, having the extra time to talk to a resdient, give a hug or be able to do thoes extra little things that CNA's would love to do for their residents, but don't have the time due to working short.
Thank you to all the management and DON's out there who are trying to make a difference in the care that can be delivered, without thinking strictly the money aspect, but the care of the residents.