Quote from nocturnenrse
i'm a new nurse, been on the job for a little over two months now. i'm having an issue with one of the techs i work with. she is not doing her job. most recent incident ; she was supposed to get vital signs on our more critical pt's at a certain time.. and did not get them by one hour and 45 minutes past that time. one of the other nurses had to go in and get them herself... and yes, we were busy at the time. this tech also has a horrible attitude and work ethic. being a new nurse, i've bit my tongue.. but am not going to for long. would love advice on how other nurses would deal with this issue.
p.s. i've been a tech for nearly 20 years myself... so i do know how hard it is on that end as well.
what, you work on my floor?? wait you said one tech is not doing her job... hmm.... maybe it is not my floor.. my floor has about four techs on nights that do not work... the bad shifts to work are the ones when most of them are working at the same time (for example, two of the four lazy ones are there for the entire shift and one lazy one comes in and floats). thus, we know what you mean.
in fact, the last rn meeting for my floor was regarding lazy techs.. it took up the agenda. some of them have worked here for so long they have dug in like ticks and will be hard to fire! the irony is that the laziest ones are the most vocal about trying to take pre-reqs to get into nursing school! i was a tech so i too am appalled by how some people are just out right lazy when i worked very very very hard and did not give attitude when i needed to do my job.
i have gotten a little more proactive to solve this problem. i have gotten back into the routine of doing stuff for myself now that my time management and skill set as a new grad has improved a great deal. however, i plan to document every time i am busy and a tech is not found or they are found in clusters gossiping rather then providing patient care. i noticed that other nurses are doing this so my list of grievances will add to the pile.
my last shift i waited for 15 minutes to perform a blood draw because a tech told me she needed blood from a picc line and would meet me in the room. not only did she never come by but when i tried to call her and the other lazy ones no one answered their phones or the call lights... nothing! so i did the blood draw my self.... 15 minutes in rn world translates to a big waste of time that could have been occupied doing something else that needs to be done. i rarely get a chance to sit down during a shift unless it is to look up something, call a doc, or do charting or chart checks so i am angered by these people picking and choosing tasks that she will perform or giving attitude because i broke them away from conversation!
my advice to you is if others on your floor seem to feel the same way about this aid or any others... be sure to start documenting behaviors and events so you can file a complaint or take it to your supervisor (whatever the protocol is on your floor). trust me, i am taking my own advice!