I need some advice. For over a decade I worked in LTC's and retirement communities as Activities Director, Social Service Designee and Programs Director. I hold a Bachelor's in Social Work. (I thought some background might be useful.)
At the age of 39 I decided that it wasn't enough and looked for a new career were I could put my current abilities to use, and develop new skills. Voila! Nursing.
I accepted a position as a CNA (still training) in a local facility. I wanted to make sure I was capable of giving direct care, and develop a high level of proficiency, for the patients, myself and the day when/if I would be supervising others as an LPN/RN. (I am going to train for LPN first, as we have limited (1) nursing program in my area.)
I have great supervisors who take the time to explain procedures, answer all my questions about meds, psychosocial issues and any other area of knowledge that pops up. They will also get in and get dirty with code browns, toileting, etc.
My issue is my coworkers. I work the 11-7 shift. We have a patient load that varies from 12-20 dependent upon how many aides are present.
My first rounds with 12 residents usually take me about an hour and a half. First I do my vitals and make sure all are dry, clean and comfortable. Than I take up our housekeeping tasks. (ice water passed, trash removed from the room, clean trash bags, straightening the room if need be, and trust me sometimes those rooms look like a hurricane passed through.) And of course throughout this I answer call lights. If the resident's haven't been properly seen to on 3-11 first rounds can take me two and a half to three hours.
Also we usually don't get our shift assignments until after our nurses give each other report, so say about 11:30. In the interim if the call lights go off, I answer them, only myself and one other CNA will do this. (The others have verbalized they aren't doing someone else's work.)
During the downtime between rounds (12, 3 and 5am) most of the aides sleep. I can't do this. (for the obvious ethical reasons) I understand most of them have other jobs, or young families. In their defense (!) they do get up for call lights.
Also the aides gossip alot about each other. I hate this and ignore it. There is one who has been a CNA for 14 years who denigrates everyone. She only speaks to make others appear bad and herself good. She had the temerity to write our schedule the other night when the report was taking time. (Granted it was a good schedule!) Needless to say she and I are like oil and water. She has belittled me 2x in front of residents. I have addressed this with my supervisor.
My problem is this: The supervisors (an LPN and an RN) are pleased with the work. My co-workers are madder than hornets. They believe I am doing all this to make them look bad. How do I handle this? So far I have ignored them. Yet I am getting tired of the gossip that finds its way back to me, the offhanded comments, etc. (example: They were ridiculing me for making a resident cream of wheat at 2:30 am and sitting and chatting with her while she ate, they perceive her as difficult. Fortunately I only had 10 residents that night and was able to take time with this one.)
I am really sick and tired of the gossip, the backstabbing and the just get in and get done attitude, when we really do have the luxury to take time with the residents in this particular facility.
Thanks for all your help.
Almost forgot:imbar I posted this after reading cargal's thread on management skills. Great thread.