For reference I am (somewhat) a new grad (9 months). There is a nursing assistant on my unit who is also in nursing school
and she is graduating soon in 2013. This CNA/student is hoping to get a job on my unit when she graduates. I will call her "Jane". Jane is always looking for her big moment to be acknowledged as the one who saved the day. She follows around new grad RNs hoping to catch us missing something so she can be the one to fix it (I know bc I have noticed and also she told one of the other CNA's that this was her tactic). For example she will see a patient whose SCD's are not on and then will loudly announce in the hallway that the nurse missed it but don't worry she put it on. I usually don't mind when she does this, the job market is tight for new grads so I understand.
Yesterday "Jane" tells me there is a problem with one of my patients. This patient speaks very little English. I went to check the patient, used a phone translator and found out it was a miscommunication that led Jane to believe there was a problem. I come out of the room and Jane sees me. She asks me why I'm not doing anything. I tell her she misunderstood the patient and there is no issue. She decided to go around and tell people I am "making the wrong move". I got the head nurse involved bc of this. The head nurse also went to the patient and assessed the situation and then agreed with me that there was no issue. Jane rolled her eyes and walked away. I respect her right to disagree with me, but going around gossiping that I am ignoring an important matter (which wasn't even true)? That really got on my nerves. Am I overreacting? Anyone else have a situation like this and how would you handle it?