Reasonable would be 6-8:1 -however, how many nursing homes do you know of that honor this ratio? Not mine and probably not yours. It is a nationwide epidemic and it has plagued nursing homes all around. I just can't seem to understand why the burden falls on the CNA when 1 individual is only capable of so much. We are people not robots! Families expect us to perform miracles, staff telling us what we did not do all day! As a CNA, I find the pay rate and treatment of the CNA's an INSULT to the name "Nursing".
I could go on and on how families stress us to death with demands for the most unimportant things! Wanting a New admission shaved on arrival at 11 at night! I have always said that Day shift should get paid more because it is more work and more damaging to your body than any other shift. Passing out breakfast and lunch trays can take up an hour of your time-each! Us day shift people know how important time is! Add this on to transferring people in and out of bed several times in a shift (Using a machine and/or a 200+ lbs resident), washing, feeding, changing, dressing, making beds, passing out ice water, turning and repositioning, covering the other CNA's section......plus yours when they go to lunch, weights, nail care, respoding to staff and family demands, ADL documentaion, shaving and bathing. I could go on forever, and we have to do most or all of this with 10-16 residents daily. It's almost like they force us to desensitize and treat them all like numbers! It does not surprise me that Nursing homes have the turnover rate equivalent to a fast food restaraunt.
More members of the Nursing Team (CNA's, LPn's, RN's ect..)need to unite and speak up! When the folks in congress realize that the staffing and pay reflects the residents care, then we will be ok. Until then, Residents and staff alike will suffer the consequences!