Sunday, November 1, 2009

Staff Cutbacks

We've had three med aides on my shift for several months now. Now they're making noise about cutting us back to two again. I've noticed that even though I've offered to let someone in Administration shadow me for a shift when I have to do this, none of them want to do it. Never mind the fact that it's a lot more running. In order to finish even close to on time, I have to start thirty minutes early and do "illegal" things to cheat to get done.


That said, they are also saying that they want to increase the number of CNA's to almost double what we normally have. AMEN. I'll run my legs off and figure out how to be more efficient if it means that my residents will always be clean, dry, comfortable, and relatively happy. No one else seems to be on my side, but I'm pretty sure that at least some of them secretly agree with me. And the more happy residents we have, the more residents we will have. And State inspections should go much better.

There is a huge upside to this. If they actually give us more CNA's. If all they're doing is blowing smoke up my scrubs, then we're going to be worse off than we are now.


Anonymous said...

Hi K Tree,
I have been following your insightful blog for many months now and must admit that I really enjoy the sheer honesty of the issues you raise AND I love the wisdom you pass on thru your blogging. I have been a CNA (recently became a CNA 2, which is required in Oregon in order to work in Hospitals) for over 2 years, and I have seen many of what you experience on a daily basis. With that being said, I thought it was about time I introduced myself to you! Hi, my name is Anna :-)

On another note, I really hope the Administration aren't blowing smoke, they can be your worst enemy at times.. Keep us posted on what ensues..

Bye for now!

K. Tree said...

Hi Anna,

Thanks for commenting.

I work for a "for profit" nursing center, so money is always an issue. So far, I'm not seeing any changes in staffing for good or ill. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.