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My job has changed because of COVID

Kailey Johnson

April 27, 2020

 

I am a CNA employed at two different facilities, and I think that it is safe to say that COVID-19 has drastically affected my job. I work at a nursing home and a hospital, so the fear of contracting the virus and spreading it to either facility or bringing it home to my family is constantly in the back of my mind. 

Fortunately, both facilities have implemented multiple precautions to avoid infection. The facilities have kept a close eye on all of the staff's health. Staff members are required to take their temperature as soon as they enter the building to at least try to ensure that they have not contracted the virus.

Another precaution that both facilities have implemented is masks. Employees are required to wear surgical masks at all times while in the facility. This might not seem like a big deal, but it’s hard to care for patients and residents and communicate with co-workers while you are halfway suffocating.  

Both facilities are basically on lockdown. The nursing home is more restricted than the hospital. At the nursing home, no one except staff is allowed in or out. This pandemic has affected my residents greatly. 

At the facility that I work, my residents are restricted to their rooms to avoid exposure. Let me put this into perspective a little. They can not leave their rooms at all.  Not to eat meals, not to go for a walk, not to participate in activities. Nothing.

 Their rooms are probably a little bigger than the size of your bathroom and they share that with a roommate. Can you even imagine being locked in a room with a random person for weeks? It gets depressing. 

At the hospital, patients are encouraged to call the facility before actually coming in. The hospital has postponed surgeries and discharged as many patients as possible in order to prepare for an influx of patients. 

Because I don’t have to go to school from 8 to 4 every day, I am able to work a lot more. Working in the health field, I never have to worry about not getting enough hours. Both facilities will take as much help as they can get. 

Although this pandemic has affected my job, I am glad that I get to be a part of the solution. 

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