Back then caregivers could take their time with patients. But things are different now because we just don’t have enough caregivers to keep up with all the patients.
A few months ago I was inserting a needle into one patient when another started throwing up. I had to decide to which one to help because I was the only tech for 10 patients. Those are the choices we have to make because we don’t have enough caregivers.
We’re also stretched thin because of all the non-patient related work we do. It used to be one person’s responsibility to stock equipment and supplies. Now, to save the company money, all of us have to leave the patient area and take on that duty. I’ve cleaned garbage and refilled supplies before attending to my patients. That’s not the kind of care I want to provide, but it’s the way clinics are run now.