I used this as a response somewhere else but the more I think about it I realize
that I am needing help with this situation.
I have been in LTC/nursing for about 3 months now so I am brand new - but
I am not new to healthcare. On my hall I have a CNA that is good friends with the
DON and some days friends work with this CNA who are also tied to the DON.
No work gets done. This CNA is rarely on the hall. Its a joke - this person wanders
around the facility talking to their friends or going on numerous breaks. When I try to
find this person because lights are ringing and the one good CNA shouldn't/cant be held
responsible for all 18-22 patients on the hall (its a rehab hall so the lights are always ringing - I go in to help, have another CNA that helps but I still have lights going off)
this person tells me that they were on break, or that they do not understand how
I feel I am above helping and none of the other CNA's working on the hall feel that I help
them either (NOT true - I have addressed this with my supervisor as well as the other CNA's that have worked on my hall and the CNA's said they felt the opposite and my supervisor said to "let it go"). I tried to address it with this CNA - those accusations - by saying if I don't know there is a problem I can't help create a solution - it was glossed over by this CNA, and I am still left in the same situation of not having any help on my hall.
Writing this person up does no good because of the friendship with the DON. Again, its a joke. I guess the biggest issue I have, outside of the fact that my residents arent being taken care of,, is I am new trying to learn my job and bening told that I cannot get any more overtime, yet I am doing a CNA's job plus my job. I dont know how to resolve this issue. Others have tried with this person to no avail. I am not above being a team player - in fact, I prefer it over things being all one sided. I am there for my residents. period. I want to do right by them, but dont want to lose my job by getting too much overtime either. suggestions welcomed.