CNA frustrated with co-workers!!!

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    Okay I have been a CNA for a little over a year and a half at a LTC facility. I'm currently getting my pre-req's for my nursing degree. I know its a nursing home and you don't expect the best of care there but I have just had it with just about everyone I work with! I work 2nd shift and we have 4 CNAs to our unit (4 halls. 2 for each set of halls). Well my partner is off on the other halls goofing off with the other CNAs and I am doing all the work! She tells me she'll be right back and to not do the round by myself but I'm not just going to screw around while they are having a peachy wonderful time!!! The CNAs are extremely lazy (shortcut everything). I have seen CNAs make up blood pressures because they were never properly taught how to get a manual blood pressure. It really disgusts me. I think I have had the last straw. Then one LPN was doing her med pass and a man asked what a pill was for and her response was "Well I don't know. I could tell you the name but I have no idea what it is for." Seriously? I mean come on now!!! You are a nurse and you can't tell someone what the medicine is for? I wouldn't take it either! Then she got frustrated that he wouldn't take it and said "Well I don't know. I just pass the orders the doctors send." So? A nurse should know what medicine they are giving out!! And the icing on the cake was last night an RN (our floor nurse and SUPERVISOR for the night) mixed up some medicine in a milkshake and just left it in the room with the woman. I walk in there and it is all over the floor, bed, her clothes, etc. And then minutes later he pulled medicine, left it on his cart, walked off, and left it. Of course it goes missing. This is the stuff that frustrates me to no end. It really makes me think second about a career in nursing.

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    That is appalling! But the fact that you are disgusted with that kind of behavior and lack of knowledge tells me you ARE right for nursing, and probably more so than the LPN and RN you work with currently. Best of luck to you, and hang in there, with your drive, you'll do great!
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    wow! ive seen things exactly like this if not worse. it makes me want to be a nurse even more.
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    Many thanks to you and all LTC workers who want to make a difference. I'm sure you have a positive impact on the residents.
    Whether you stay or leave keep your values strong.
    sharpeimom and heydelilah like this.
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    Wow that's really bad. BIG hug!! If you can, look for somewhere else to work. I would look at how the facility is rated, it makes a difference.
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    Speaking of facility raitings. Isn't there a site that has all the LTC's ranked and listed? I'm hoping to find it to look through and see if there are any facilities I haven't applied to, lol.
    Thanks and sorry for hijacking your thread!
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    I don't think the ratings make that big of a difference. I've seen surveys where they pick at every little thing that doesn't matter and others where they spend all their time in the offices, watch us do a fire drill and then leave after 2 days with "no deficiencies."

    You can't drive yourself crazy worrying about what everyone else is doing. And if someone is goofing off and leaving you alone on the hallway, do your own residents and let them worry about theirs.
    gummi bear likes this.
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    Quote from fuzzywuzzy
    You can't drive yourself crazy worrying about what everyone else is doing. And if someone is goofing off and leaving you alone on the hallway, do your own residents and let them worry about theirs.
    The problem with that being that it's extremely difficult for an ethical person to just leave a needy patient who is calling. How does the resident deserve that treatment? I have had the same problem, where I run myself ragged answering other people's call lights all night because the patients deserve no less. If that were my family member, would I want someone going, "well that isn't my call light?" Hell no, so how can I treat other people that way?
    futureADN and IdianaCNA1993 like this.
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    I'm not gonna shaft my assigned residents because somebody else can't be bothered to do their own work. I would see it as unethical if you're caught up with the immediate needs of your residents and you still ignore your coworker's people so you can go do something less important, like make beds.
    gummi bear and MedChica like this.
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    Then one LPN was doing her med pass and a man asked what a pill was for and her response was "Well I don't know. I could tell you the name but I have no idea what it is for." Seriously? I mean come on now!!! You are a nurse and you can't tell someone what the medicine is for? I wouldn't take it either! Then she got frustrated that he wouldn't take it and said "Well I don't know. I just pass the orders the doctors send."
    Wow. Thank God for self-aware residents.
    She probably knew and if she didn't? Had the resources to find out. She was either too lazy or too frustrated to look it up. So, you get the, "Here. Just take it...!" atttitude.

    Well my partner is off on the other halls goofing off with the other CNAs and I am doing all the work! She tells me she'll be right back and to not do the round by myself but I'm not just going to screw around while they are having a peachy wonderful time!!!
    I don't understand the issue. Just do the rooms that you're assigned and leave her work until she gets back. Yes, residents are wet...need toileting...but you're one person.
    Give the Super Aide bit a rest. You will overload yourself.
    What's the alternative? You run around like a chicken with your neck cut off...doing double the work and in the end? Everyone last one of the residents on your hall will suffer. You can't properly take care of your people. You're half-ass taking care of the other girl's people.

    Some personalities are lazy (but it seems like an organizational issue)
    They see that you pick up the slack and they don't work harder. They just let you take on more of it.
    Quite honestly, I don't think it makes a load of sense to be tag-teaming up the hall in this manner, anyway. Unless you're leap-frogging from room to room? It usually just prolongs the work.
    Not to say that it can't work. It can, but the two individuals need to be cut from the same mold (if you know what I mean). A lazy coworker and a hardworking coworker do not mix.
    Besides, if she likes to socialize THAT much, I don't see how you can even work with her. I don't see how you can get anything done. I don't know you, but it's obvious even in print. There's a mismatch between you and her...in terms of work ethic.
    Personally? I can't work with people like that.
    You should think about getting assertive quick fast and in a hurry.
    Speak to the girl. Or just say that you're going to do your people and you can square up on hers in the end.

    Of course, when in the situation as a nurse? I will swallow it and intervene...as I've always done (in management/supervisory positions).
    BUT...this is my advise as an aide because I can't stand when people have issues with another and go whining to the nurses and higher-ups to do their dirty work because they don't know how to solve issues on their own. Not every situation...no. Some personalities are just quiet and nonaggressive. You have to stand up for the non assertive types (while guiding them to be more proactive) because they lack the will to do so.
    Except for those exceptions? I cannot stand it. Then, the individual with whom they have the problem is totally blindsided. Now, everyone has to sit through a 'Come to Jesus' meeting where the bulk of the staff don't even know why they're being group counseled with the nurse indirectly dressing down the problem person, whoever they are.
    It's not about 'not snitching'.
    It's really about solving issues at the lowest level possible.
    Difficult conversations have to happen.
    Conflict resolution is an important skill.
    nguyency77 and fuzzywuzzy like this.


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