Boy, I fully agree with you. CNA's deserve respect. They are the ones that make the nursing homes look, smell, and feel like home. I respect my CNA's and am very protective over these ladies. On other shifts where I work they have problems (per the nurses) with the CNA's. Personally I think it is a joint problem. The cna's do not do things in a timely manner and the nurses listen to the lights go off. I mean listen....I realize they are charting...but I feel they could do as some others of us do. At least check and see that the pt is not in the floor, having pain, etc. If it is something that the cna can do while I chart, I let the pt know someone is on their way, turn off the dang light, and find the cna and tell them what is up. The cna's on my shift know that if I am not busy I will take care of it myself...but if it is something that can wait til they can get there, I let them do it. This way I do not spend my charting time, med pass, assessment time filling ice pictures, bedpans and changing clothes. The cna's know I too want to go home in a timely manner. And if when I answer lights I take care of every little request, I will never get out of there.
I was a cna while in school. I have walked in those shoes, changed those dirty bottoms, given that bath, cleaned poop out of eyebrows and other crevices 10 minutes before shift ends. I sometimes think all nurses should have to experience the cna position. I also think that every cna should have to shadow a nurse for a shift. Yet the cna cannot take home the burden of did I do the right thing?. make the right decision. ALthough they make decisions about pts everyday...it is somewhat different as a nurse.
Maybe a joint meeting would help. But the DON must buy into this too.
Good LUCK...hang in there