Productive working enviroment caring for residents
CNA (Current Employee) – Champaign, IL – January 31, 2014
A typical work day at CCNH begins by checking in at the nursing suite. After checking in, I go to my assigned unit, receive report from my nurse, and fill out the assignment sheet for my unit. I then begin my shift by walking the floor with the CNA's who previously had my assignment, checking alarms and other safety devices. After accepting the floor I check the vital signs and weights of the residents whom my nurse has requested. Showering, toileting, and transferring my residents as needed then takes place. I provide activities for my residents on the unit and work as a team with my coworkers to make the night run smoothly for both the residents and nurses.
Working as a CNA at CCNH has its hard times. I myself work full-time on the dementia unit, which requires a lot of patience. However, despite dodging punches, kicks, and bites all day, I wouldn't say that is the hardest part. I would say the hardest part of my job is watching residents decline. As a CNA you not only care for your residents, but you care about them. You spend more time with them than some of your own family. In a way they become your family, and it is never easy watching a family member decline, or even pass away.
Working on a dementia unit, you must learn to roll with the punches, literally and figuratively. This is the best part of my job. I like to be on my toes, so figuring out how to deal with certain behaviors is very enjoyable for me. We never know what to expect when coming into work, so it's always an interesting day.
Meeting so many people with so many different stories to tell
short breaks, long hours