CNA frustrated with co-workers!!! - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  star.crush profile page
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    I been there. I know how it feels.
  2. Visit  duskyjewel profile page
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    Know what ****** me off more than anything about these seemingly endless threads about bad co-workers, lights not getting answered, etc? WHERE THE HELL is the management?! WHY are they allowing people to get away with acting this way at work? I have never been in a situation where two aides from the same unit would be allowed to go to lunch at the same time. I remember talking to my charge a couple times about problems I had with co-workers, and her telling me that I needed to remind them to do such and such. I said, "We are all adults, and we all know what our jobs are. Why should I have to remind them to do their jobs? Besides I am new and the bottom of the totem pole here, so how popular will I be if I am going around telling people how to do their jobs?" Instead of stepping up and doing her management job, she wanted to pawn it all off on me. Another aide approached the clinical director of our floor about persistent problems with non-teamwork and difficulty completing her work because of it, and basically got told to just fake her charting to make it look like it got done. I don't understand how people who are so BAD at dealing with people and asserting authority get management positions in the first place.

    Are there any nurse-managers here who can enlighten me? Why are these bad apples allowed to continue doing their jobs crappily, taking advantage of your good employees, and grinding them down with frustration to the point where they leave? Then all you are left with is the bad apples and their poor care, because you ran off the good employees by refusing to discipline or get rid of the bad ones. Why would you, as a manager, choose that route? Especially in this awful economy, when there are 100 applicants for every job opening, you could replace bad employees easily. So why don't you?
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    Quote from duskyjewel
    Know what ****** me off more than anything about these seemingly endless threads about bad co-workers, lights not getting answered, etc? WHERE THE HELL is the management?! WHY are they allowing people to get away with acting this way at work? I have never been in a situation where two aides from the same unit would be allowed to go to lunch at the same time. I remember talking to my charge a couple times about problems I had with co-workers, and her telling me that I needed to remind them to do such and such. I said, "We are all adults, and we all know what our jobs are. Why should I have to remind them to do their jobs? Besides I am new and the bottom of the totem pole here, so how popular will I be if I am going around telling people how to do their jobs?" Instead of stepping up and doing her management job, she wanted to pawn it all off on me. Another aide approached the clinical director of our floor about persistent problems with non-teamwork and difficulty completing her work because of it, and basically got told to just fake her charting to make it look like it got done. I don't understand how people who are so BAD at dealing with people and asserting authority get management positions in the first place.

    Are there any nurse-managers here who can enlighten me? Why are these bad apples allowed to continue doing their jobs crappily, taking advantage of your good employees, and grinding them down with frustration to the point where they leave? Then all you are left with is the bad apples and their poor care, because you ran off the good employees by refusing to discipline or get rid of the bad ones. Why would you, as a manager, choose that route? Especially in this awful economy, when there are 100 applicants for every job opening, you could replace bad employees easily. So why don't you?
    The problem at our facility isn't necessarily management; it's the fact that they can't keep help, and good help at that, at our facility. Some of it is management, especially when the DON's niece is one of the aides and the niece is completely lazy, sloppy, and a pain in the keester. They keep her around because they are already short and the rest of us get to clean up after her. Until she does something completely egregious, she'll likely always work at our facility. I stopped counting the number of times nurses have reported her and other aides have reported her. All she gets is a slap on the wrist. I'm just waiting for her to seriously screw up so maybe something will be done.

    I should note that I live in a very, very rural area and getting enough help is a problem. My facility doesn't pay enough to encourage people to stay or apply. Most of us are driving an average of 15 miles one way to work and are probably doing our best to keep gas in our tanks, let alone pay the rest of our bills.

    However, I have to agree with what you said. Unless people start stepping up and doing what their job description says, the rest of us are going to suffer the consequences, and sadly, our residents will suffer, too.
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    Quote from duskyjewel
    I said, "We are all adults, and we all know what our jobs are. Why should I have to remind them to do their jobs? Besides I am new and the bottom of the totem pole here, so how popular will I be if I am going around telling people how to do their jobs?" Instead of stepping up and doing her management job, she wanted to pawn it all off on me.

    Why are these bad apples allowed to continue doing their jobs crappily, taking advantage of your good employees, and grinding them down with frustration to the point where they leave?
    They keep the bad employees around because they kiss butt.

    As for the management expecting YOU to keep people in line... been there! Anytime there is a problem and I talk to the DON about it, instead of taking the steps to solve the problem she just tries to get me to tattle on other employees. One time a coworker started bossing me around telling me to help her with something when I was in the middle of taking care of someone else, so I told her no. There was another girl on the floor that day that had been up at the desk kissing the nurse's butt for the last half hour-- why wouldn't you ask her instead of someone who was busy actually working? Well she went crying to the nurse about it and I got written up for refusing to help. This p*ssed me off so I went to the DON to argue the write-up. I ended up telling her that people don't always drop everything to help me every time I ask and I put on my big girl panties instead of running to the nurse about it and trying to get people written up... and these are instances where the other aide ISN'T busy, just lazy! I was told that I need to be firm with people when they won't help me and yadda yadda yadda. Um, no. It's not MY job to manage other people, it's YOURS.... and you have proven to me already that when someone makes a legitimate complaint against someone else, you personally do nothing about it.


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