[QUOTE=Julie1963;6865743]I am an LPN that works in a long term care facility. We are short staffed of CNA's and 3 of the 4 LPN's (me included) were assigned to "fill in" CNA shifts "temporarily" almost a year ago. Am I being ungrateful and selfish for being resentful of these shifts and of the newer, younger LPN who does not get the shift?
I really don't think so at all. The facility is using you to fill in for CNA's, and I agree with the previous poster that there's nothing wrong with filling in on the floor. It's all part of nursing. BUT, remember, they now have an extra nurse or two on the floor, because even tho you're filling in as a CNA, you are held accountable to the highest level of your licensure, which means that if a mistake is accidentally made, you're liable. Also, the facility is never going to hire more CNA's if you keep allowing them to use you in the way they have been. To them, the problem is solved as long as they have the staffing they need, which you are providing. I've been in this position, and refused the CNA shifts, because frankly, I'm a nurse for a reason, and as much as I loved being a CNA for the twenty years it took to finally go and become a nurse, I'm now a NURSE, and expect to be taken seriously and treated with respect. I'd let the DON know that it's wearing you out physically and mentally, and you will NOT work when you're not at the best of your ability to function and think clearly. Risk Management should also be made aware of the potential for accidents with the facility expecting so much of you. Last word of advice,,,, look for a job at a facility where you will be valued and treated with respect, because you're certainly not getting either currently! Good luck, and know that someone else feels your pain!