Does your facility have a CNA do the helper shift? In my facility Some one comes in from 11:30 until 20:00 to do all the little things for day shift and evening shifts, such as doing all of the vitals, passing the ice waters and aprons in the diningroom, pass snacks to the residents, and assist the CNA's who have halls to lay down their residents, and get them up, answer lights, and do some of the showers. I love to do the helper shift! It's my favorite! unfortunantly you get alot of other tasks dumped on you when you get too busy with helpershift duties. This month we had a regular helper for 5 days of the week, and on her offdays, sundays and mondays, I would do the helpershift. I thought it was a very nice deal!
Well, i just got an email from another co-worker. They will eliminate the helper shift! I think thats a dumb idea, because it is very hard on us, because where spoiled by almost always having a helper. Its' rough with no helper! I don't know why they did this!
Does your facility have a helper CNA? I'm just venting, and just curious.
Jan 26, '03
Back when I worked in a nursing home as a CNA, we had "Customer Care Reps" that didn't do any patient care but did things like stock the linen, pass water, make beds, transport residents, etc. Then they were eliminated in a cost-cutting effort. The facility was always purposefully short-staffed (sometimes there wasn't even an RN in house, which is ILLEGAL). I pray to god I never have to put a loved one in a nursing home.
Jan 26, '03
When I worked as a CNA in a nursing home, we sometimes had "shower aides". The shower aide did all of the showers for that day and shift, usually about 15 or so a day. We only got one when we were adequatley staffed, i.e., when someone didn't call in sick, cause then the shower aide got pulled to that CNA's assignment. See, each CNA had a permanent assignment and there were float CNA's. I was a float CNA. I especially loved being the shower aide even though by the end of the day my shoes and socks were sopping wet. There were Permanent assignments that I hated as there were a LOT of HEAVY patients on that assignment or the other CNA's were a bunch of bytches or lazy, ie not answering call bells. I have back problems now because of that job.
Jan 27, '03
It would be so nice having a shower aide. There are not too many patients in my LTC, but most of them are really difficult to take care of. Usually I'd be assigned 2 or 3 showers per night, and on Sundays (our no shower day) I get everything done so fast. It's hard, the showers really hold me back. I take forever to get my showers done, because I want to do a good job, not just slop soap on them and hose them down. I want to make them feel good. Sometimes its hard to do showers when all of your hall is so demanding. Some halls I cant even get the towls and stuff without having to answer 5 call lights (sometimes the same one) and they want you to stay and do stuff for them for a decade!!!!
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