Im an experienced CNA ...who will soon be starting nursing school
(i hope they let me in this fall !!). I work rehab. Some of the nurses i work with are great team players. And as me and one Nurse (RN) are pretty much the only ft employees on the floor we always thank them for their help and do our best to help them out (theve either been floated out of their specialty, are agency, part time or prn and are usualy working with aides that have been floated are part time or prn) The full time nurse and i usually work together and i mean together.( Aides at the facility i work check vs,record i+0, o2sats, and other things at the nurses discretion.) With (usually ten to thirteen pt's) the ft nurse and i give care together. Example: I hold/position the pt while she does the dressing, then she helps me change the linens or ill do my vs and she her assesment etc. etc. CNA's are required to take report w/nurses as well as make their own rounds and report. with the previous shift. As a ft employee i occasionaly rotate to diff groups on the unit so i will know all the pt's . Some nurses however do not. One in particular, only gives required meds/treatments/dressing changes. (Heaven help the pt if its not scheduled.) And does not do anything thing else unless asked and sometimes not even then.Which means i have to borrow another aide or nurse from their section. I was always taught that you and your nurse where supposed to work together. This person is a good nurse with a caring heart. But dosent trust when i say, you should come look, their a little grey/or cyanotic, or having breathing difficulty. Has even admitted to me that they dont know how to do this or that (things that where unique to our unit). But would not ask for my help!(some nurses have even asked me what meds are being given! ) (i mean come on! theres a little book on your cart called a mar!) (several i have had to take into the pt and show them wounds/g tubes/ iv sites ect then take them to the mars and show them the tx!) I do know what i am talking about. Dont get me wrong, I do not think im a nurse! I have not yet had the training and i dont pretend to be a nurse. I respect the nurses education and descisions and do not question them.(except in cases of obvious harm to the pt.) I give V.S. and do other things that the nurses have asked of me as promptly as possible. And alert them to unusual numbers/values. I know this person has worked with some aides before that where just in it for the money and really didnt know what they where doing, in fact that was part of the reason i took over the assigment with this person. Thinking maybe it would help the nurse not be so frustrated. I just want the best care for our pt's and this is very hard since there is no teamwork. What am I doing wrong?
Jul 27, '02
No Me!! Come work with me!! Some of the people I work with............the lights are on, bot nobody's home -- I swear.
Okay that sounds bad. To be a CNA who is accountable for his/her behaviour (who doesn't try to deflect blame), who doesn't need to be reminded to write down bowel movements, who understands the importance of the tasks he/she is being asked to do is truly a good thing. A very valuable thing. CAn we clone you before you go to nursing school
Last edit by adrienurse on Jul 27, '02