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about 1 month ago
My name is Amy and I am a CNA in Mississippi. Recently I was hired at a personal care home that is ran by one Registered Nurse who then hires CNAs to work shifts there as well. Ive only been working as a CNA for 8months and ave had only long-term/rehab nursing facility training, which I disclosed at my interview. On my first day, I was trained for 3 1/2 hours for my shift that would start that night at 11pm in which I would be alone with my 8 patients over night and was told in my three hour trainging period that I was to sweep,mop, dust all floors, finish all laundry, do rounds every 2 hours, start breakfast at 4:30am, then start getting up all 8 patients, every one was a hoyer lift patient, change them and dress them and get them all one by one to the kitchen table, take all patients morning vitals, two of which I needed to check blood sugar levels on, and then get patients medications that i previously got all ready and layed out to every patient and help them take it because most of them couldnt on there own, and if a patient needed an insulin shot to give that out to him and then finally serve breakfast to all of them, feeding a couple who needed help, move them to the living room area and clean up all the breakfast dishes, the table, and floor after the patients. I went inthe first night at 11pm, after my 3 hours of training by a CNA, and started work right away. By 1:30 I was doing rounds on all my patients. From 2-3:30. Im planning breakfast, setting up morning drinks of water for meds, getting out every patients clothes to be changed into for the day and by 3:30 I am doing last rounds before getting them all up for the day. Then I get done and start breakfast at 4:45am. Finally its done and at 5:15am i start getting up all 8 patients which i have to be done with that by 7am because breakfast and getting up patients is my job not 7am job at all. That all in a matter of 2 hours was not possible for me on that first night and when 7am got there the girl told me she was only trained for 3 hours after my training was up the day before and had no idea wat to do and wasnt happy about me asking to help me finish getting ppl up or helping me change them. I finally had to call the Nurse and ask her to come in because the other girl didnt feel properly trained. I ended up having to stay until 11am even though the Nurse came in to help the other girl, and finish up everything. I hurt so bad when i got home that even though I was tired I couldnt sleep because of the pain. That night I had to go back in at 11pm and arrived on time. I was a bit more on time that shift then my first shift but by time 7 got there the new girl hired with me hadnt come in and I was still behind with three remaining patients to get up and ad to wait two more hours for another girl to come in and help me finish up. After that second night I decided that just wasnt the place for me. I felt like I wasnt properly trained for an appropriate amount of time, I was asked to get up and dess, and medicate and do vitals to 8 patients and feed them all by 7 am all alone no LPN or RN no one but me there and I foybd the task impossible. I also had no training at all in how to give insulin shots or give patients medications and felt uncomfortable doing that because if I know that I can be charged, or lose my liscense, if I accidently give a patients the wrong medication or even the wrong amount of insulin. I would never be able to live with myself if I did something that caused the pain and suffering or even death to one of my patients and I knew that something wasnt right with the facility or the Nurse running it. There wasnt even a clock-in/out station where you know for sure they are keeping up with your hours you just show up and write you hours down on paper. I dont think CNAs should be giving insulin shots. I especially dont agree with being asked to pass out meds, which included schedule 2 narcotics. I know for sure that one person gettig all them up within a 2-2 1/2 hour period and dressed,fed,vitals checked, meds out, breakfast done is way way too much for one person to do alone. Say I try to spend 15 mins with each patient every morning that barely gives me enough time to get them all their meds and fed. I also had to be done with dishes and have all beds made up as well and several beds and to be completley stripped down and re done. I understand that I only had 8 patients, but in a nusing home facility working over night you have way more patients but dont have to have everyone up before 7am and you dont have to cook breakfast and take vitals and pass meds because you have assistants in those departments. So after leaving that second morning at 9am I didnt show up the folling evening for my next shift. Does anyone else have any experience in this kind of situation, and does anyone feel like I was right in not being comfortable doing some of the tasks given to me and the workload required alone, with 3 hours training? Advice or opinions are appreciated.
3 months ago
For all of you CNA's/nurses out there: I want to keep a set schedule for my team. Morning shift ONLY sun-thurs, evening shift ONLY tue-sat, and weekend shift fri/sat morning & sun/mom evening. OR morning shift and evening shift choice of sun-thurs/tues-sat/fri-mon.
For your health/stress levels/personal schedules, if you were stuck on weekend shift would you rather it be split between morning/evening or stay all on one shift?
5 months ago
I was working the this nursingvi had the whole back hall 9 people to see about 3 shower all total care and the whom the group belong to was call to the other side to work with two other people.the lady said someone will be doing in to help at 11:00 to help out.so two of the lady's came back to there group at 11:00 after I have done all my work and the wanted to come back hi done every thing and the last ones on the side just get they group back and they just come in is this fair or unfair
11 months ago
I had to work the overnight shift but I had realized I was going to be the only CNA on the floor at an ALF with 2 memory care units. I called the on call person and I told him I refused to work by myself and that I was not going to clock in until they had someone come in. He told me that I would clock in and work the floor because it's all about the residents which I agree but if I can't give them the care they need then why should I even work. I take lots of pride on what I do because I really like it but I'm not going to do a sorry job because of being short staffed. I'm not sure if that's considered abandonment of my job because I showed up but didn't clock in and I didn't relieve any one until another CNA showed up. Please give me your feed back and opinions. Thanks.
winnie cna said...
about 1 year ago
One of my favorite residents is as actively dying as I write this.Everybody that I have talked to about my grief tells me that I shouldn't be so upset. Or that I should have not gotten attached. Other residents have passed and I didn't even cry. WHY AM I GETTING THIS REAction? I am a human being underneath it all...?My heart is dying and I shiuldnt care?
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