Things are changing now at my "Anything goes" LTC. We are now being told that we are not to put up with any CNA insubordination anymore. We were told that if a CNA refuses to do what we tell them to do, that we are to tell them to clock out and go home. How do you think this plan will work out on the 3-11 and 11-7 shifts when we are already short of CNA staff to begin with?
To me it sounds like they are putting the nurses in an untenable position. Why is management making you do their job? It seems like a set-up that will create an adversarial environment between nurses and CNAs, when they should be problem-solving and finding ways to make the units go smoothly.
You guys are all front line staff and the management should be doing whatever they can to promote a healthy team environment. If that can't happen it is on them to look at their staffing and hiring practices, and additionally address discipline problems and find ways to create a positive working culture. Making the nurses do their dirty work is just wrong.
Not to mention the fact that if you send a CNA home, now your unit is working short. No one wins with that. Except management -- one less paycheck to worry about; they've got a unit that is drowning and understaffed, but now they can just blame the nurse for sending the CNA home.
I wouldn't want to be in your shoes.
Last edit by mazy on Feb 27, '13
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