Gossip in the work place!

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    Right now I am currently a CNA or what I like to say caregiver at a nursing home and its my first job what so ever, I've been there five months come May 8th. I'm trying to get in to nursing school I pretty much know what to expect from nursing school. But that isn't why I am here today. I have a problem, well lots and lots of problems, but there is only one that is burning my back side like a brand right now.

    I know that being new to the job and the company that people are going to gossip and people are going to give me a hard time. However, I'm at my wits end with it all! I don't want to quit my job I love the people I care for and I like some of the people that I work with.

    But then there's the people on the other shifts that have not really worked closely with me that are saying. "Oh you have to work with him I heard he sucks!" and "I'm not calling him to cover for me 'cause I know that he down right sucks."

    Now I know that I'm not the best and I have a lot to improve on but I feel that if a coworker has a problem with how I do my job then they need to come to me and say somthing and if there is time show me how to do it the right way. But mostly its the other aides, I think though its just one that is going around saying this and they have not worked with me closely, that say these things. The nurses I work under have commented on how much I have improved and how they seem to not have a problem with what I do.

    I keep telling myself that the reason most of these other aides are saying this is because I'm new and I will admit I have made some mistakes witch I feel is expected being a first time aide. I also know who some of the aides that are saying this and I really want to confront them and ask "How do I suck at my job?" because I think that if I down right sucked at my job some of my residence would be complaining and I think that the nurses would be writing me up left and right and most of all I would have been fired by now. I myself think that I must be good enough if I'm always the one the the ADON calls to come in to cover for people who are "caugh caugh" sick or who decide not to show up.

    I have also decided that after the other night when I chose to go into cover for someone, when all I wanted to do was lay around and watch tv and be lazy, who claimed to have had the runs and a fever that I am no longer covering for that person after the nurse told me that next time not to cover for him unless I down right wanted to or needed the money because he said "Im not calling him he sucks" she told me that he said to him "I dont have a problem with him I like working with him" and she also informed me that he didnt really look sick and he never once was in the bathroom at work. I knew he wasn't sick I wanted to just reach up and feel his forehead as soon as he started giving report to me because he seemed fine and then if he wasnt warm back out at the last minute, but I thought no Im already here and I do need the extra money. But its just the principal of the thing I guess.

    So I pretty much just want to know if it would be wise to go ask some of my coworkers if I down right suck at my job. I also want to know if it would be wise to say to one of them that want me to cover there shift "No because I know that you think I don't do a good job". And I guess it wouldn't hurt if I wanted to know if I was going about things the right way or not? :spin:
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Apr 27, '12
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    Moved to CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant for more response.
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    This is a reminder to me to not be silent when I know that a co-worker has done a good job and really is a team player, etc., and is getting a bad rap from someone.
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    People always talk about new people. The way I dealt with it was just to tell them, "Hey, so I'm not so good at _________ yet. If you got a moment later, can you show me how you do it?" Not only can you learn things from coworkers, but they also get to see you work. It kind of makes them eat their own words.

    This girl used to talk crap about me all the time when I was new, but when she realized I worked really fast, was always safe, had nothing but good feedback from patients and families, and never got written up, she shut up.

    I've said before that we aren't here to be BFF with our coworkers. If they're jerks, they're jerks. Don't stoop to their level and talk about them behind their backs. Hold your head up and do your work. And know that we're always learning no matter where we are.
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    My advise to Indiana is to just ignore the comments you have heard or been told. You have proven that you know your job, your willing to learn more, and your a team player who will cover for another. In time the rest won't matter. Good luck!!
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    I know that I'm going to work this weekend with two that have said things and have also said that I'm anti-social, "well derrrrr Im here to do my job not sit and have tea and talk about politics" is what I want to say to them. I think that I'm going to see how things go and if they dont go so good I'm going to see about switching weekends because on the opposite weekends the girls and I get along great and we work as a team and the nurses dont play favorites.
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    They'll get over it eventually. Cuz one of these days, those smack-talking chicks are gonna come down the hall with their cutest (o_O?) puppy-dog face on, asking you "Can you help me turn this really big patient?" And you'll probably feel secretly vindicated.

    Work drama is so overrated. I get along with everyone at work, but I have only one friend who's my age that I am comfortable with. She trusts me, I trust her and we help each other. No sweat.
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    If you think it would be easy to get switched weekends-do that!! Then you won't have to deal with them...although eventually they will need your help and then they will be over their attitudes. I feel for ya!! I am hoping when I start my job next week I won't encounter this too...(laughing...yea-right!!)
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    The question is,"Do you suck?" If you are truthful to yourself and can say "No, I don't suck I give this job the best that I can"
    Do worry about the other CNAs, they don't sign your pay check. If your supervisors say you suck- worry. You have to have a heart of gold and skin like an alligator in this business. It's not going to get better. If it really bothers you talk it over with your supervisor.
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    Quote from missie1
    I am hoping when I start my job next week I won't encounter this too...(laughing...yea-right!!)
    I hope you don't encounter gossip because it sucks everything out of you at times. but stay strong. Im thinking about adopting a who gives a flying F what people think as long as people AKA residence and the nurses I work under aren't complaining attitudes.
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