Hi there, I recently had a run in (again) with being called into the office to discuss why I, the nurse, walked into a patients room. Really, that is exactly how it was stated. I am the nurse on the floor, by the way, the only nurse here at that time and I was handing out meds, the aide on the floor went to my super. and said I was going behind her back, I about fell out of my chair. I explained that I am a nurse and I am doing my job and I was giving that particular person meds required. So, really, is this crazy to even be asked this? I ended up crying in the office, I am so over aides continually, same ones, going into the office and saying I talk to them as if I am over them etc., and the way I come across is a problem. I totally believe I am in the right here. I have had some past issues but yet, I have overcome them and am laid back as my employer requested of me. Now I am really truly feeling like I am being harrassed by the caregivers. See, before me was a nurse that was everyone's friend, and didn't care what they did, no longer employed there, here I am and I have to ask the aides for things, and what I usually will say is something like this, "when you get a chance could you go get ice water for ....." or "if you need help let me know"...this is what I say, and am polite. I am being shoved under the bus and have no idea how to deal with this because management is the ones that even asked why I was entering a room...okay, so I am a nurse right, so my mgmt tells me to leave my aides alone and not get in their way, well, okay, and I am told if I need something from them write it down and we'll (mgmt) will discuss it the next day...okay, this only works if nothing is needed that night....hello? these people ask for things on a continual basis so that is kinda hard to do too. Am I just being overly sensitive to this or what? I ended up being so fed up with lies about me, aides saying I said somethings when nothings were said, or an aide taking it the wrong way because they were not in the conversation. What to do? I need your help other LPN's!
Jul 26, '12
by BrandonLPN, LPN
^what she said.
I know people are going to disagree with me, but the CNAs you work with should never fell like you're "the boss", they should feel like you're all on a team together and tha you got their backs. NEVER walk out of a room and ask an aide to empty a foley or fetch a glass of water. If you just do it yourself they will have tons more respect for you. Also, you should help them with their work whenever you can. When I worked 11-7, I would do some of the get-ups every single morning.
And that included washing them, changing briefs, getting them dressed, up in w/c, all that. Now that I work 3-11 I don't have quite as much time, but I still manage to put a resident or two down to bed most nights. Help with showers,
answer call lights, help pass supper trays. If you do this every night, on the nights you're too busy to do so they will understand. But if you NEVER do these thing, or only once in a blue moon, they will label you as lazy and stuck up.
Also don't be afraid to have a sense of humor. No one likes working with someone who is overly prim or serious. If you need an aide to go clean a "code brown", try being humorous about it. I once told my aides I don't make beds very well cause that's "women's work", they think that's a hoot, and tease me about it all the time. Don't be afraid to be informal. This is LTC, not the ICU.
Trust me, all this really works. When I ask an aide to do something, they are eager to help. When a coworker of mine, known for having "charge nursitis" and siting behind the desk all night makes the same request, she is met with eye rolling and muttered comments.....
Last edit by BrandonLPN on Jul 26, '12