cna's who don't do their job - page 3

I started my job 6 weeks ago and my 2nd day of orientation I went with another aide (we'll call her "B") who infuriated me. She charted all of her patients as "bathed" even though none of them was... Read More

  1. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from 4tnerzwife
    I have been a CNA, Rehab aide for 12 years. I am currently finishing my BSN and I just have to vent. I get really frustrated that people who are concerned that care is not being provided, which is considered neglect by the way, are considered tattle tales! In my opinion, this is why CNAs that aren't doing their job, have a job. I say grow some balls and tell your supervisor. Would you want them taking care of your mom, grandma, etc.?? Your residents are just that to someone and I think we have a moral responsibility as nurses, aides, etc to care for them, this includes reporting those that don't. When I become a nurse i will respect those that tell me when something isn't being done correctly. I don't want someone doing a half ass job under my license!
    :yeahthat: It sounds like you are going to be a good caring nurse.
  2. by   kr1962
    I just quit a CNA position after 3 weeks at the facility...I am an LPN student and I had wanted some 'experience' and that is just what I got. I didn't 'fit in' from the beginning as soon as they found out i was a nursing student. The 'regulars' on the hall basically did what they wanted....I let them 'pick' what they wanted to do (which showers to give, etc)....they ended up claiming that I didn't carry my load.....that they could never find me....yet they were the ones who couldn't be found....taking extra smoke breaks, etc. They didn't follow procedures for transferring residents as in using a gait belt and when I tried to used one it slowed them down so I was then too slow. They didn't check pts for continence every 2 hours....it was ridiculous. I figure that I graduate as an LPN in less than 4 months so why deal with the BS?
  3. by   kr1962
    I agree with you.....I was in a rotten position because some of the LPNs were friendly with the CNAs and I did speak to the unit manager finally about the quality of care being provided....but after that i couldn't go back to that hall - they were already making my life miserable....but.....I definitely know how I will handle things as a charge nurse.
  4. by   squeakykitty
    Quote from lisabug96
    I have just finished reading all this and absolutely do not doubt any of it. When I was orientating with my job, I was shocked. It was nothing like what I was taught was supposed to happen. When the "bad CNA's" figure out you are not going to do it their way, they turn on you, maybe out of fear of being found out or what ever.. and will set you up for some really bad nights. and yes ... they disappear.

    One girl i work with is going to school, just like me but works a little differently than i do. she pulls double shifts on thrusday, friday and saturday nights by working 2nd and 3rd. she makes her rounds twice. yes i said twice, thats per shift. any feeders that are bed ridden dont get fed 100% because she thinks they might throw up and make a mess.. its unreal!!! i had to orientate with her on second shift of my 5th day of work. i was already assigned to another girl but this girl was complaining to the lpn that she had a hard load and needed the help more that the other girl. the lpn never looked at the assigned residents just said ok.. go with her. it was awful. i took that list and went to see one of the residents on her list.. i changed this resident and got her up from her nap, into her w/c. as we were coming down the hall, this girl starts yelling at me that i wasnt supposed to get that resident up! she just didnt want her up... she snapped the wheelchair around and said she would put her back to bed. i asked if anyone else needed changing.. she said that i was so slow that she had already seen about everyone else!!! i was only in there... maybe 5 minutes... maybe... she had 9 residents assigned to her. ..(this was about 3:30 into a 3pm to 11pm shift... i had a very long night)
    This one has issues that should go up the chain of command. Is she still a nursing student? (I hope not)
  5. by   Antsprncess
    Don't rat anyone out, because than the supervisors kinda see you as a tattle tale..trust me I know...The best thing is to just do your job the best you can and dont pick up her work...if her people are dirty dont clean them up, you have your own ppl, eventually things will catch up to her....and shell get written up....
  6. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from Antsprncess
    dont pick up her work...if her people are dirty dont clean them up, you have your own ppl, eventually things will catch up to her....and shell get written up....
    Um, beyond wrong. I understand that it's not fair to coworkers to have to pick up the slack of others, but how fair is it to the patient? A patient lying in his own excrement is helpless, and it is your job, regardless of whose assignment he is. Supervisors can be oblivious to problem employees if someone doesn't clue them in. Don't let your patients suffer. If they don't have you to count on, who else do they have?
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Antsprncess
    Don't rat anyone out, because than the supervisors kinda see you as a tattle tale..trust me I know...The best thing is to just do your job the best you can and dont pick up her work...if her people are dirty dont clean them up, you have your own ppl, eventually things will catch up to her....and shell get written up....

    How would you feel if you were one of her people not being cleaned up???? I doubt you would be giving the OK to skip your personal needs.
  8. by   Antsprncess
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    How would you feel if you were one of her people not being cleaned up???? I doubt you would be giving the OK to skip your personal needs.

    Well, by you picking up the slack, you are denying your patients of care because you are spending all this time helping other ppls assignments than doing your own..and your own patients are suffering...You can report the aide for not doing her work, but if you are picking up her slack you are encouraging her NOT to do her work because she knows someone else will do it...

    Like...If my wingmate is on break I will answer all her bells for her and take care of her patients, but if shes not I will go get her and tell her that her person is ringing...but I will NOT go take care of her patients while she is supposed to be there because than my patients will suffer and they end up waiting..thats why they make assignments.....

    By reporting her you are going to make a hostile enviorment to work in AND its her word against yours...plus everyone needs their job. so maybe you can go talk to her and explain to her you cant be picking up her slack.....CNA work is hard and unfortunalty some ppl neglect patients but you are only one person....
  9. by   Antsprncess
    AND by doing your co workers work you could have two patients that have to use the bathroom and are waiting.....that shouldnt be nessessary
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Antsprncess
    Well, by you picking up the slack, you are denying your patients of care because you are spending all this time helping other ppls assignments than doing your own..and your own patients are suffering...You can report the aide for not doing her work, but if you are picking up her slack you are encouraging her NOT to do her work because she knows someone else will do it...
    I worked 11 years as a CNA, and i know it's hard work. But i'd never leave someone needing personal care. I don't call it picking up slack. I call it the humane thing to do. That does not mean that i'd do it without reporting this co-worker to the charge, or let my pts. suffer as a result. I've cared for double assignments before.
  11. by   sgregory0020
    Hello I understand what you mean I had a resident that was walking around going to the bathroom and just because they had to keep their eye on her, they thought she waas a fall risk and put her in a chair with a lap pillow on it so that she would have to stay in the chair, then she got use to being in the chair an now she cant even keep a steady gait oh also they put her in briefs. It hurts to see them lose their abilities to suit others.
  12. by   amanda1229
    OMG, do not worry about being a "tattle-tale." This is real life and this is work, not kindergarten. These people are paying to be taken care of, and it is your job to make sure the effort is being made and the job is being done. Are you saying that if someone was soaking in urine and reeking of BM and their aide refused to do anything, you wouldn't tell your highest supervisor immediately? That is so, so wrong.

    I'd rather apologize to my own patients and vaguely explain the situation and take care of MANY and work my butt off, than deny a lazy aide's patients all care. I'm sorry, I'm here for the people needing care, not making sure my feet aren't sore at the end of the day! I'll work 'til I can work no more for my patients or residents.
  13. by   kc87
    I know exactly what your talking about.. i've been putting up with it since i've started working as a cna this last july. I'm still putting up with it.. there's no easy solution to it i'll tell you that. Personally I mentioned it to the lpns and went on up the latter when nothing was done, because I got tired of doing my job and theirs to. It gets old quick. but like someone had said previously nothing ever gets done about it. I will never understand it. I mean some are so lazy as to were they are rough with the patients. I don't know how many times a certain girl at work has been called to the office with write ups and all, but they give her chance after chance so i don't know. hopefully your situation will get better.

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