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Reply #167: I'm not talking about "a bigot." I'm talking about a frail elder lying on the floor, undiagnosed [View All]

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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:48 PM
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167. I'm not talking about "a bigot." I'm talking about a frail elder lying on the floor, undiagnosed
The CNA probably did what she was supposed to do, which was go get someone else to deal with the broken hip or the stroke or the head injury or the seizure.

Nurses up and down the line (CNAs, RNs, all the hands-on people) have very, very hard jobs. My sympathies are with them, and they deserve better pay and better working conditions. But if you work in a nursing home, "head cases" are a given. If you cannot deal with the personality changes that can come with dementia or stroke or the like, then you should not be working in a nursing home.

Abuse and neglect are all too common because the staff are often overworked and the elderly are not necessarily in control of what they say or how they say it. Old men wag their weenies at the nurses and grab their boobs. The person they used to be would never have done that, but they aren't that person any more.

That unpleasant old lady could be your own mother some day. Or it could be you. And then I'd be pleading for compassion for her or you.

If you can't see the difference, then you have far bigger problems than anything I can ever say will help. And I am sorry.

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