Reward system for hardworking CNA's..need help! - page 3

At most LTC facilitys we have good CNA's, and then we have the LAZY CNA's who hide in rooms on their cell phones, never do rounds, and seem to just suck the life out of the other CNA's...etc. right?... Read More

  1. by   boulergirl
    When management sends out memos informing everyone that this isnt right, that isnt right, you arent working to our standards, etc....and NEVER EVER tell you THANK YOU! JOB WELL DONE. Its crap!!!!!!! And the over all moral of a facility goes down hill. Those who are working hard everyday says screw it, why should I keep doing my job when so in so is screwing off??!? Ive heard my good aides say that.
    Totally agree with this. Lately at our facility people are getting written up like crazy. I know a coworker who got written up because she wasn't "smiling enough" when serving in the dining room. Good gravy!!!
    Every staff meeting (and they're all mandatory) is the same--criticism and threats from mgmt., shift wars, etc. I'm tired of hearing it, but still have to go to these things or I'll get written up. And mgmt. wonders why things never improve??? HellllOOOOOOOOOOO!! :deadhorse
  2. by   germain
    I think thank you's and recommendation letters to charge/ nurse managers go a long long way. Everyone wants to be appreciated, right?

    One thing the nurse manager did for us as aides was buy us lunch on days when we were really overwhelmed, especially when it was because other people called in sick. A thank you AND a Rueben? I remember it recharged me to come in to that place everyday to remember that the hard work I did wasn't invisible.
  3. by   CoffeeRTC
    Quote from boulergirl
    Totally agree with this. Lately at our facility people are getting written up like crazy. I know a coworker who got written up because she wasn't "smiling enough" when serving in the dining room. Good gravy!!!
    Every staff meeting (and they're all mandatory) is the same--criticism and threats from mgmt., shift wars, etc. I'm tired of hearing it, but still have to go to these things or I'll get written up. And mgmt. wonders why things never improve??? HellllOOOOOOOOOOO!! :deadhorse

    We have the opposite problem here...not one is ever called on poor performance.
  4. by   MsLandOLakes22
    Dear Kristi,

    I realize that you only have the best intentions, which I can appreciate. A "pat on the back" is a beautiful thing, especially in our industry -- they're way too few, and far between. We need our affirmations from each other. Though, here's the thing - and not necessarily directed at you, Kristi:

    A reward system implies that one is superior to the other, which is evident in certain poster's referring to a CNA as "my."
    They do not belong to you.

    Along this same vein; We are actually talking about two separate jobs here.
    It is completely impossible for one human to give meds, etc., while also handling the other (numerous) needs of the residents, plus vitals, of anywhere from 22-30 residents -- the usual patient load of a CNA on night-shift.
    The nursing assistants (this title needs an overhaul), while technically "assisting," in actuality have their own job. Nurses know this, CNAs know this; so let's give up the charade.

    The reality is this: We are a team. Nurses have their assignment, the CNA's (not "aides) have theirs. Many are also in nursing school, and occasionally come to work exhausted. I certainly hope that they are not the "lazy" ones to which you refer?
    Surely you remember those days of complete exhaustion? Or, maybe you don't, depending on whether you worked as a CNA during nursing school - or have any prior experience with this particular job.

    We don't have "lazy" CNAs where I work, anymore than we have "lazy" nurses. Apparently I work at some magical facility where we all respect - and enjoy - each other, with an understanding that this is "teamwork."

    To truly gain the (much deserved) respect of "the" CNAs, may I suggest that the only treat that's needed is some basic respect? Let Admin. give out any "incentives."
  5. by   CapeCodMermaid
    MsLandOLakes---You must work in a magical place. We most certainly do have lazy aides. One stands around watching most of the time unless she is told to get to work. We also have our share of lazy nurses who do the least amount possible to get through their shift. So, some people are "superior" to others in the way they work. Everyone likes to be recognized when they do a good job. I find it hard to believe that anyone would find a pat on the back, literally or figuratively, demeaning in any way.
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from NurseWiggins
    At most LTC facilitys we have good CNA's, and then we have the LAZY CNA's who hide in rooms on their cell phones, never do rounds, and seem to just suck the life out of the other CNA's...etc. right? WELL. Im sick of the good aides not being appreciated at our facility...thus causing them to leave, because they are picking up the slack of the LAZY aides...Im trying to think of a reward system that our Baylor nurses can offer...maybe per shift for our Aides that go above and beyond, to say Thanks for doing an awesome job...

    I was thinking CNA pins, badge holders, the new rubber band bracelets, Candy, heck, I dont know...Just looking for some ideas that wouldnt cost a fortune...like I said would like to give 4 out a weekend...one each shift.

    Thanks in advance...

    kristi
    A SIMPLE 'THANK YOU'........YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED WITH A PIN OR BRACELET GOES A LONG WAYS. ALSO, THE LAZY ONES SHOULD BE REPRIMANDED AND LAZINESS SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED ANYWHERE. EVERYONE SHOULD BE EXPECTED THE SAME AMOUNT OF QUALITY WORK.

    I CAN SEE WHERE THE GOOD CNA'S ARE LEAVING. IF THE LAZY ONES AREN'T BEING REPRIMANDED AND SHAPED UP....THEN IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE CONDONING IT OR IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL.

    JESSICA
  7. by   sunshine9
    Quote from NurseWiggins
    At most LTC facilitys we have good CNA's, and then we have the LAZY CNA's who hide in rooms on their cell phones, never do rounds, and seem to just suck the life out of the other CNA's...etc. right? WELL. Im sick of the good aides not being appreciated at our facility...thus causing them to leave, because they are picking up the slack of the LAZY aides...Im trying to think of a reward system that our Baylor nurses can offer...maybe per shift for our Aides that go above and beyond, to say Thanks for doing an awesome job...

    I was thinking CNA pins, badge holders, the new rubber band bracelets, Candy, heck, I dont know...Just looking for some ideas that wouldnt cost a fortune...like I said would like to give 4 out a weekend...one each shift.

    Thanks in advance...

    kristi
    #1) For the aides that do a good job and are not hiding out to be recognized and told that they are doing a good job. As much as we love to help our residents and that is what we are there for, if we constantly see other people slacking off and hiding and nothing is done about it. We will eventually leave because we feel as though we are not recognized or we are just a body filling a #needed (ex. 3 aides for a shift needed). For me, knowing that a nurse knows that I am working hard and truly shows it to me and does not give me the nightly good job girls--- makes all the difference. Besides giving out all these little treats, I would feel other things would help. If you have available time---helping them transfer somebody into bed, answering a call light for them, etc. Not saying that you should be taking over their job... But just a little gesture shows that you care about them and they are getting more than just a pat on the back.
  8. by   boulergirl
    We have a CNA who is trying to get into nursing school, and taking other classes in the meantime. I used to resent her because it seemed like she spent most of her time studying rather than working. But I've noticed that she IS getting her work done (we don't have much to do late in the evenings), and she's seeking to make a better life for herself and her kids. At least she has some goals for the future. Most of the people I work with are just trying to make ends meet and stay out of trouble (and unfortunately, I've become one of them).
  9. by   MsLandOLakes22
    On second thought, I wouldn't describe our facility as "magical," so much as "professional." Derogatory terms such as "lazy," reek of arrogance and immaturity.
  10. by   melpip3
    Quote from NurseWiggins
    At most LTC facilitys we have good CNA's, and then we have the LAZY CNA's who hide in rooms on their cell phones, never do rounds, and seem to just suck the life out of the other CNA's...etc. right? WELL. Im sick of the good aides not being appreciated at our facility...thus causing them to leave, because they are picking up the slack of the LAZY aides...Im trying to think of a reward system that our Baylor nurses can offer...maybe per shift for our Aides that go above and beyond, to say Thanks for doing an awesome job...

    I was thinking CNA pins, badge holders, the new rubber band bracelets, Candy, heck, I dont know...Just looking for some ideas that wouldnt cost a fortune...like I said would like to give 4 out a weekend...one each shift.

    Thanks in advance...

    kristi
    I think the best reward would be to get the LAZY CNA's to do their job. A system of checks and balances to make sure everyone is doing their job should be in place. How about a weekly meeting where you recognize those who are going above and beyond and somehow try to encourage those who need to be motivated. I think the serious hard working employees would find it rewarding to know that management cares about the quality and performance of all cna's. I have worked in places where they give you a pat on the back but that feeling of goodness wears off when your job becomes overwhelming because of a lazy co-worker. I would much rather see my employer recognize the person not doing the job and fix the problem. That would be the ultimate reward!
  11. by   UM Review RN
    The nursing assistants (this title needs an overhaul), while technically "assisting," in actuality have their own job. Nurses know this, CNAs know this; so let's give up the charade.

    What charade? They're not two separate jobs; they're all part of nursing duties and use nursing procedures and rationales. The CNA IS a nursing assistant and works under the direction and supervision of the nurse.

    To get back to the OP's question:

    I never saw happier staff than when we were all given carnations one day at work. I can't even remember what for. They looked great even on the guys and held up for the whole shift, somehow.

    So I vote for a few fresh carnations on paydays to a few of those hard workers.

    :flowersfo

    We also used to get a little bonus for perfect attendance for the month--$35. Clocking in late or calling off or leaving mid-shift disqualified the person. But if you got all 12, it added up to about $400 more a year. Christmas money....
  12. by   nightmare
    Our c/a's get an extra bit of money if they complete their rotaed hours per month.I wish there was an easy way to get rid of those that dont pull their weight.They curl up and sleep when your not chasing them,they call in sick at the last minute leaving you shift short ,they go home half way through a shift because they are "ill".The management are reluctant to get rid of them because then they have to find more c/a's to cover shifts.We have been trying to rota on at least one senior carer each night so that the lazy ones can be monitored and made to do their fair share of the work.Our c/a's can also do their SVQ care level2 which then makes them a senior carer with a bit more pay and responsibility.
    I always thank the c/a's when they go off shift,I couldnt do the job without them and the good ones make the work and the night so much easier,the residents are happy and calm and well cared for and you know that you will come in the next night and not have complaints about unfinished work etc.They are the backbone of the nursing staff.
  13. by   mwaldon
    I cherish our CNA's and I tell them on a regular basis. I also tell them when I have a issue with them. I sometimes give them a "cha cha" (candybar, coke, thankyou hug) but I always praise them infront of other staff and family. You can ask any CNA that I have... they know they are wonderful!

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