Little did I know that when I switched shifts from evening to day that I was walking into the proverbial fecal storm. I apologize now for the length of my post/rant.
I cannot believe how much animosity and bickering happens on our day shift, and I'm not even talking about among the aides! It seems we have at least seven people who are constantly looking for ways to get the aides working the floor, and sometimes the two of us who are in showers, in trouble. The worst are the housekeepers.
The housekeepers in my facility have it pretty easy compared to some places. They are allowed to ride the clock and they seem to constantly be searching for even the most minute detail that a CNA has missed. Forgot throw an empty package of briefs away and a corner of it is hanging out of a closet? They will report you for it. You can't even get a resident up and down to exercises in the morning without them running into a room to see if you left a trash can unemptied. They literally give you no time to go back and get the trash out of the room before they are trying to report you for not cleaning up after yourself.
Last week, a resident who has been sick for almost a month was wrapped up in a blanket in her bed. I hadn't done anything with the resident that day as it wasn't her shower day. I happened to be walking down the hallway to get another resident when one of the housekeepers snidely said to me, "Are they going to get Resident A up or are they going to leave her in bed all day?"
I replied simply, "I don't know. I've been in the shower room all morning."
I was being completely honest. And, really, how was I to know if she hadn't already been to breakfast and was brought back to her room and put in her bed because she didn't feel well?
Today was almost the final straw. I was finishing a shower on another resident when a fellow CNA popped in to see if I could get a resident in the shower due to an appointment that was sprung on us at the last minute. One of the housekeepers had hunted her down to tell her that she needed to get the resident up and down for a shower because the resident had an appointment! I was completely flabbergasted. The appointment and time were written on a small card that the housekeeper would have had to actually search to find on the resident's counter. The fellow CNA merely said, "Okay, thanks,"
and went on about her business. I went down to get said resident and she was taking a breathing treatment. I told her I would come back in 10 minuntes to get her for her shower. Ten minutes passed and I went back only to find that she had a guest in her room. I chose not to bother her and told another CNA I would be be back to get the resident after I showered someone else. The same housekeeper then told me that I needed to get the resident up and showered for her appointment. I looked at her, tossed my hands in the air and said that she needed to take it up with the nurse. The housekeeper had heard me tell the other CNA that the resident had a guest. I would find it rather rude to interrupt their conversation just to give the resident a shower. I reported what happened to one of the nurses and she agreed that I had done the right thing.
This department war is getting out of hand and we've expressed our frustrations to our DON who is usually good about going to bat for us. I just don't know if it's worth getting involved in it. I'm fed up with them trying to dictate to us how to do our jobs when we're doing just fine.