Oh, I got bunches 'o stuff on my mind tonight. Are you ready?
I am taking a class to get my CMA (Certified Medication Aide) license this week and the beginning of next week. I can't take my test until August 27, but the class will be out of the way.
So, since I love being a CNA so much, why am I going for my CMA?
First, we need CMA's on my shift. So, I am filling a need.
Second, I am concerned that at the ripe old age of 40, my body may not be able to take the stress of being a CNA for very long. I don't want to get hurt so that I'm no use to anyone.
At my facility, the CMA's and LPN's are not afraid to do CNA work. I will still be able to help my residents, but I won't have to subject myself to the constant lifting. I think in the long run this will be best for me.
New subject. Sexual harassment.
One of our male CNA's was subjected to an almost hickey from an 89 year old woman last week. I'm not sure if I'm horrified or amused. I don't think he's sure either. One of our other male CNA's has been subjected to invitations to the bed of one of our severely demented residents. Apparently, he gets gibed about it all the time. I don't know if either one of them feels harassed or not but when I heard the stories (one from the horse's mouth, the other through the grapevine) I had to laugh. I, fortunately, work mostly with the ladies, and so far none of them has shown lesbian tendencies, so I'm all good.
New subject, again. Where do I go from here?
I am contracted to the nursing center until March of next year since they are paying for my CMA classes and tests. Currently, the plan is to work there for at least 4 more years. After that, I may consider getting my RMA (Registered Medical Assistant). This would allow me to work in a doctor's office. Half the coursework is medical, including phlebotomy (I vant to suck your blood), and half is billing and other computer work. At this point, I don't have any interest in being an LPN. I don't want to be in charge of anything. I've been in management and I don't like it. I just want to work and make suggestions for improvements.
One more subject, off topic. The weather this year.
Usually by this time, Oklahoma has gone from green to gold. Normally, we are very dry from May to October. Spring and Fall are our big growing seasons with a fair amount of rain. Winter and Summer are dry and dormant. Not this year. We've had rain at least every 10 days and it is as green as green can be out here. Unfortunately, this is encouraging the fleas and ticks also and my dogs are not happy. I will be buying some more flea/tick drops this weekend. We just did them three weeks ago, but they are scratching again and I am picking fleas off of me on a regular basis.
That's where I'm at. Where are you?