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  •  True. I did this work from 1990 to 2002. (6+ / 0-)

    ,in one nursing home.Overworked,understaffed and under
    paid-all of us-whether we were longtimers or temp staffing.
     Knowing our charges gave us longtimers an edge over the temps-and an extra burden,if one had any kind of a conscience.To avoid disasters, a regular would take the more difficult people,and give a temp-not fewer people-but
    the more agreeable.It made the shift run smoother,and it was easier on our charges,most of the time.
     In the middle 90s,this place-to avoid the 'extra cost' of using agency aides,created an 'inhouse pool.'
    CNAs-usally newer ones-were encouraged to sign up for as
    many extra shifts as they wanted to.I saw women sign up for a month straight without a day off-for the extra pay.
    One thing-if a CNA missed one extra shift,she lost all her
    ot pay-got only straight time.
    So,aides came in sick,as well as overtired.Bad things would happen.
    It is so wrong that frail human lives and those who care for
    them are valued so little,considered so unimportant.
    I burned out-I quit.


    Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

    by swampyankee on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 08:58:48 PM PST

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