Ok - so I took and passed my NCLEX-PN in February, and started my new job in a LTC just a couple of weeks ago. I shadowed an RN for 3 days and on the 4th I was pulled to be a CNA for a resident who requires a 1:1. Last night was supposed to be my first night shadowing on NOC's which will be my regular shift, and instead I was again pulled to be the CNA 1:1.
It is very frustrating to me that this keeps happening. It sure isn't helping with the continuity of my training! I went back to school to be an LPN, I was hired as an LPN and I thought I was supposed to be working as an LPN. I'm all for teamwork, but I feel this is ridiculous.
So my question is - has this happened to anyone else? Is it common practice to pull the LPN's and have them work as a CNA? If so, then maybe my feathers are all ruffled for nothing and I just need to suck it up. Or, is this facility taking advantage of me and just using me as a warm body? ('cause that's kind of how I feel)...