CNAs are very disrespectful to LVN, that is me..

  1. Hi, I am a new grad..I thought working in like a nursing home is like a team environment..And I thuought CNAs would want to assist the nurse but in reality, in the place I work I get the opposite..I got yelled at by a CNA for coming in the room while they were cleaning poop..I wanted to give him meds and he told me to get out in a mean tone..Geez, guess I was always right about CNAs being that mean and disrespectful..And I asked the other CNA about something and he barked at me like a dog..

    Geez, thought they were labeled nursing assistants rather than nuring aggressors..
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  3. by   EricJRN
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Geez, guess I was always right about CNAs being that mean and disrespectful.
    Although it's impossible for any of us to say exactly why you're being treated like this, some people may interpret the above quote to mean that you held negative perceptions of nursing assistants even prior to getting this job. If your mind was made up about CNA's before you went to work there, it may not be a surprise that there is already conflict.
  4. by   Marisela01
    Bala Shark, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND! I'm a new nurse @ a LTC, and the morning aides are totally hateful, but the kicker is, that my pm aides are way more approachable.....I work double weekends, and I totally don't like were I work at, but I'm praying I can find something else.....I don't like the way the CNA's act at the place I work at........
  5. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    Although it's impossible for any of us to say exactly why you're being treated like this, some people may interpret the above quote to mean that you held negative perceptions of nursing assistants even prior to getting this job. If your mind was made up about CNA's before you went to work there, it may not be a surprise that there is already conflict.
    Why you pointing the finger at me for? I worked with wonderful CNAs while I was at school..And I always had the perception that some were bad..Guess I was right! And to act professionally, you dont suppose to bark at people! I am not at fault..I did not even say a word to them and they come barking..Just asking simple directions because I am new!
  6. by   EricJRN
    I was simply pointing out that if you already held a grudge against CNA's before starting that job, it might have contributed to the current strained relationships.

    If I were a CNA who worked for you, and you dismissed me as mean and disrepsectful before you even met me, would you be able to reasonably expect me to respect you? That's all I'm saying.
  7. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    I was simply pointing out that if you already held a grudge against CNA's before starting that job, it might have contributed to the current strained relationships.

    If I were a CNA who worked for you, and you dismissed me as mean and disrepsectful before you even met me, would you be able to reasonably expect me to respect you? That's all I'm saying.
    Look the above poster has the same experience like I do..In your view, the CNAs are alway respectful and do a good job and LVNs are the ones to blame..That is your thinking and the two LVNs have the same experience with CNAs..So it is our fault! Yea right!
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Look the above poster has the same experience like I do..In your view, the CNAs are alway respectful and do a good job and LVNs are the ones to blame..That is your thinking and the two LVNs have the same experience with CNAs..So it is our fault! Yea right!
    Oh, shoot, no one was saying it's the nurses' faults. People need to read the words that are actually on the screen.

    Speaking as an experienced CNA, and now a nurse (LPN), if a nurse had approached me with a "guess I was always right about CNAs being that mean and disrespectful" attitude, they're not going to get a sugary sweet return. That doesn't mean i'm saying that anyone on this thread FEELS that way. Nor is it an attack.

    (To approach a problem in a fair manner would have to include an open mind to improvements could be made on both sides of the issue, no matter who is to blame.)
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Nov 8, '06 : Reason: spelling
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If you don't know the reason why they are talking to you like that, then ask them: "Why are you yelling/snapping at me? Are you angry or frustrated by something?"
  10. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Oh, shoot, no one was saying it's the nurses' faults. People need to read the words that are actually on the screen.

    Speaking as an experienced CNA, and now a nurse (LPN), if a nurse had approached me with a "guess I was always right about CNAs being that mean and disrespectful" attitude, they're not going to get a sugary sweet return. That doesn't mean i'm saying that anyone on this thread FEELS that way. Nor is it an attack.

    (To approach a problem in a fair would have to include an open mind that improvements could be made on both sides of the issue, no matter who is to blame.)
    Yea, you are saying that all CNAs are very helpful and respectful..And you are saying 100% of them are and you are closed minded that you hear opnions that differ from yours!

    The way I learned about CNAs was through nursing school..Several CNAs were wonderful to work with, often talking and praisng..There were someone I would want to be around with..And one CNA wanted to run me over on a patient's bed..And another CNA barked at everyone there..So in human kind, there are good and bad..So if you think everyone is good, then that is your opinion!
    Last edit by Bala Shark on Nov 8, '06
  11. by   Bala Shark
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    If you don't know the reason why they are talking to you like that, then ask them: "Why are you yelling/snapping at me? Are you angry or frustrated by something?"
    In a professional atmosphere, it is better to walk away then to esculate the matter..The CNA might snap back and start insulting..That was the position I was in!
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Yea, you are saying that all CNAs are very helpful and respectful..And you are saying 100% of them are and you are closed minded that you hear opnions that differ from yours!

    The way I learned about CNAs was through nursing school..Several CNAs were wonderful to work with, oten talking and praisng..And one CNA wanted to run me over on a patient's bed..And one CNA barked at everyone there..So in human kind, there are good and bad..So if you think everyone is good, then that is your opinion!
    Like i already said, people need to read the words that are actually on the screen.

    I never said all CNAs are very helpful and respectful. I never said they aren't either. Never said 100% of them are one way or the other.

    I never said that everyone was good or that everyone was bad either.


    And it would be much appreciated if my words were not taken and twisted into something i did not say.
  13. by   Hopeslayer
    I was a CNA for 5 years and now I have been an LPN for a few months. The best way to deal with any of your co-workers is with strict professionalism until you get to know them. It took me a few weeks to get used to being a nurse and giving the orders. Always remain firm and polite. Lots of please's and thank you's will go a long way. If the behavior of the CNA's remains negative, talk to them in private and let them know of your concerns. Just remember, your in charge and you have to set the tone. Good luck to you :spin:
  14. by   txspadequeenRN
    Then you can expect the same behavior over and over from your CNA's. This is the point when you need to pull them to a closed area and straighten this mess out. You have to stand up and take control of this type of situation or you are going tp get walked all over. Im personally not a nurse that writes up people , even all my years being a supervisor I just did not write up folks. I didnt have to, my little come to Jesus talks always worked. If this continues to be a issue get the ADON involved.

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    Quote from Bala Shark
    In a professional atmosphere, it is better to walk away then to esculate the matter..The CNA might snap back and start insulting..That was the position I was in!

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