Any similar experiences?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jasmineH, Oct 16, 2000.

  1. jasmineH

    jasmineH Member

    Jul 31, 2000
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    I have a bad view of the atmosphere among co-workers in a hospital setting, when I was a CNA it was awful, no one wanted to help each other when it should have been team work. Everyone is constantly talking behind one anothers back " Oh can you beleive how she is neglecting her patients" or " she never does a good job". Maybe it was because it was a place consisting of almost all women, but the air among hospital workers was anything but rewarding. Of course CNA work is no walk in the park either. Anyone else experience negativity as a CNA??? I am just worried it will still continue on working as doctor too.
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  3. alshepard

    alshepard Member

    Oct 8, 2000
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    I am currently working as an E.D. Tech. Though not identical to your experience, I can sympathize with what you were saying. There is a lot of back-biting and complaining but not a lot of productive feedback. I work at a very small, rural hospital so I have been hoping that perhaps that fact accounted for some of the unprofessionalism. Is your hospital either small or rural? There are a few people in every dept. and position at the hospital that I truly admire. I try to notice the wonderful team players they are and the excellent care they provide whenever I think I'm going to crack. Medicine needs caring, competent providers at every level. I hope things will be better as an MD. Good luck to you.
  4. BigSkyDreams

    BigSkyDreams Smelly Uncle Member

    Aug 17, 2000
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    Attending Physician
    I think of all the jobs I have had that CNA is one of the hardest job for the least wage. This view may have come from the lack of workers in my Nursing Home. I would commonly have between 10 to 15 folks a night. This included feeding dinner, taking them to their rooms, toileting them, evening snack, vitals, toilet again, prepare them for bed, picking up the room, check/change their Depends, put them to bed, chart, recheck/change Depends before signing out for the night. This was a typical four hour evening shift. For the life of me, we could never figure out how to spend quality time with the resident, i.e. being there surrogate family, and get done with out cutting corners. Tempers ran hot and more than a few characters were assassinated. The turn over and burn out rate was less than a month. I lasted about six months but after switching to night shift (aka: the easy shift) for my last month I was through. Forty residents times six to seven Depends changes a night per resident plus vitals and house cleaning and charting and get the point. Instead of gaining the hands on pt experience I really wanted I ended up on potty patrol, so I have switched to a volunteering internship at a local hospital working with physical therapy and I also donate time at a local voluntary community clinic (No Federal $) so now I am able to work with a variety of healthcare workers. I admit that I feel sort of guilty about leaving the NH because when I was there I knew that at least my res. where fed, cared for and keep clean and dry but the mental drain after six months and the non-living wage really wore me down. But then again the things that I have learned about the US healthcare system, elderly people and their families, death, and myself are all worth it.
    Sorry for the long windedness...

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