Quote from hollyjolly
I'm a new nurse, just graduated in May and trying to find my niche. At night I take care of 60 patients and their is so much to do. Last night a CNA told me that I would be helping them with changes if the 3rd aide didn't come in. I was told this on another floor this past week by another CNA. How am I supposed to do all of my work-and their is plenty and adequately take care of my residents? I used to be a cna and worked short all the time and I never told the nurses they would be taking a assignment. I know its a hard job and I am not bashing cnas. They are a valuable asset. But I am overloaded on a nightly basis. Who is going to pitch in and help me? NO ONE. I rarely get any breaks cause if I do I won't finish up in time. Maybe its time for me to go back to the hospital. This is so frustrating not being able to be the nurse I'm capable of being. How would you handle this situation? Thanks.
I know EXACTLY how you feel - when I was new nurse my aides pushed me around. Forunately I usually worked with a very experienced aide who was able to help teach to walk the fine line between directed my aides and being a big old (ahem)... well you know.
However, the fact is - you need them - but you are in charge. ALL responsibility is yours - you answer for everything that happens on your unit.
You need to politely - and professionally take your aide to the side and explain that you'll help her if you have time, but you have to do your work to. Also, you should have an on-call supervisor - if you are short - call them. They might find someone to come in early, or might come in themselves.
As a side note - go job shopping if you're overworked and stressed. I know all LTC places are understaffed, but each company is different in how they assign duties and such - it never hurts to shop around. I was very surprised at how much the work load differed from place to place.