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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 10:42 AM
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247. Interesting thread--those who have been professional caregivers
Edited on Fri Aug-27-10 10:47 AM by TwilightGardener
know that you take care of everyone, because it is your duty, whether they like you or hate you. I have had patients spit in my face, punch me, pull my hair, call me names, etc.--some were confused elderly or had brain trauma, some were overdoses, some just complete assholes. Still had to take care of them, and would have been grateful had they requested I didn't take care of them, frankly--who wants to work under those conditions, with hostile and violent patients? I am sure the black, Native American and Filipino nurses and aides I have worked with have had many more negative experiences than I had as a white woman. And yet they remained professional and didn't let their personal feelings and inner reactions seep out into their work and affect their job performance--at least not that I ever saw. My hat is off to them.

Sad that this CNA was put into a difficult position--I don't blame her at all, she only did what she was ordered to do, but I know I would be worried about charges of negligence and would really hate to see an old woman on the floor no matter how awfully she behaved. Most nurses/aides would have that same gut reaction--not "leave her there, hope she soils herself". That's the difference, I guess.

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