I never knew what floor I was going to be working on. Sometimes it was fun and educational. Other times the charge nurses were mean and the aides sat around and made the extern do all the work. The work was often an entire floor of patients which is simply unrealistic. It was very common for an aide or extern to have 36 patients and be expected to answer call lights, make rounds, change positions, give baths/ or do daily weight (depending on the shift), help with feedings, do vital signs every four hours, do post op vitals on more than one patient at a time, change linens, collect linens, bring linens to dump, collect trash, replace bags, and bring trash to the dump, and document. On many occasions, if I didn't do these things then they just didn't get done.