Quote from Bala Shark
I am a recent grad..I am responsible for about 20 patients at a long term care facility..A CNA did not answer the call bells twice and I called him in the intercom about twice..I went out looking for him and saw him watching TV and the volume was turned up high so he could not hear anything from the intercom..I was upset because of what he did..Was wondering, what should I do next time..Since I am a new employee and he has been there for 4 years, I cannot write him up or speak to him badly..
I even asked for any avalable CNA to go to certain rooms..Guess who showed up to the rooms? No one, I had to take care of it..My work load is high..I dont get to take breaks or go home on time...
Before you write him up, make sure he understands that he is not to go on break without telling you first. Give him a verbal.
Because I'll bet that's what his excuse will be.
Now if this fella is a real slacker, the other CNAs may well have gotten sick and tired of picking up on his slack and are basically refusing to answer his call lights.
However, because you couldn't find anyone else, I'd have to assume that the other CNAs were already taking care of their assignments.
Since you are new, it wouldn't hurt to have a general announcement of your expectations to ALL of the CNAs before you give Report and assignments to them at the start of the shift.
Best wishes, Bala. We're rooting for you.