On my unit, I depend on my N/ar's. Of course I work with several different ones. There are the ones that believe I am there to assist them, I quesse they forgot to look at their title. In their opinion I am to answer every other light, or if there is two aides on the floor, then every third light.
There are the aides who think they run the unit, and try to tell me how to treat a patient. Even if they don't understand the principals of why I do the things I do. They forget there is a method behind the madness.
There are aides that are so fun and interesting to be around, but they forget I am trying to chart and never stop talking, - ever.
There are aides that really know there stuff, and I can trust their opionions over that of an RN.
There are slow aides, that peek out side a room to wait until someone else answers the next light, do they really think we don't see them?
I find I need to try to balance my job as a LPN, with the aides I work with. I don't mind pitching in at all. But, I usually find I will be answering lights, and the aides are sitting on there behinds when I get out. I then still have mega work to do. Will the aides then pitch in and stock a cart with cups and straws? Not on your life. It seems their magazines become very interesting at that time.
When I am at a cart, taking my sweet time, I am actually making sure the correct med in the correct dose at the right time by the right dose makes it to the correct patient. Usually I have 10 to 15 pills, liquids, and injections a pt to line up. Then with many drugs, I have to take a pulse or Blood pressure first. This time spend at the cart is imparative. But, I do realize on your end it seems like I am dilly dalling. I am not. But, it is not legal to simply label the meds I have already drawn up and throw them in the cart and answer a light. It would then be confusing to refigure it all out afterwards.
Maybe on your unit the nurse sits around while you work. On my unit the aides usually have about 3-4 hours down time, I don't even get all my breaks in. But, there are aides who sit for those hours who still think I should be assisting them more. I don't get it. You were hired to work 8 hours, so what's your gripe - work them. I work mine, my time is always filled up, what about yours? If you are sitting reading, or talking, ect, and not helping the nurse out for all the times she's helped you, then you need to rethink.