Whoa......let's back up the ponies there for a moment and look at things a little more calmly first. Generalizations never tell the whole story, and are rarely if ever helpful in situations like this.
I've been on both sides of the argument---worked as a CNA in a nursing home and a hospital before graduating from nursing school in 1997. I've run my tail off in both types of jobs, and I can tell you that the major difference is, the RN has all the responsibility. Anything that goes wrong on her floor, it's her
butt in the sling, not yours. And if she is indeed found to be goofing off when the call lights and alarms aren't being answered, she is in deep Bandini. I've seen nurses fired for less.
Another thing that a lot of CNAs tend not to misunderstand is that sitting at a desk does NOT equal "doing nothing". You would not believe the amount of paperwork created each time a resident/patient falls or misses a dose of medication. And all
of it is important. We have no choice but to complete these reports and make sure our documentation is in all four or five of the places it's supposed to be before we leave the building for the day. Sometimes we have so much going on that we don't eat, drink, pee, or take a five-minute breather during an 8- or 12- hour shift. That doesn't make us lazy or
stuck up......we are simply busy.
That said, there undoubtedly are
nurses who sit at the desk gossiping and eating bonbons while the aides run around like chickens with their heads cut off. But again, some of what you interpret as "doing nothing" is vitally necessary to prove to the state and federal agencies which oversee facilities that we're really doing our jobs. Sitting at the desk to chart may also be the only "break" your unit nurse takes all day.
Hope this sheds some light on this longstanding bone of contention between CNAs and nurses, and that I've given you some perspective from the "dark side".