Quote from nola1202
I cannot stress this enough. I started in health care as a CNA. I had a 4 year college degree, worked as a CNA and went back to school very slowly to get first LPN, then RN. I was treated any of many, many ways. IF one, as a NURSE, do NOT treat one's CNA's like the adults that they are, they will NOT assist one. IF one treats them like gold (that they are) they will tell you EVERYTHING, one will NEVER miss another pressure wound, new bruise, skin tear, incident report etc etc etc. This is true especially as a nurse manager and DON. (and goes DOUBLE for assisted living, they ARE the med techs passing the meds). OPEN that door, DON't let nurses attend your DON/CNA meetings, and provide a forum for the CNA to talk freely about everything. I would also say this included housekeepers too, has anyone heard the old saying (from hospitals) "If you want to know what is going on in your building, ask a housekeeper?:.
The nurses that I have watched fail are the ones with their heads buried in the MAR (yet still miss critical meds), DON'T engage or have a dialogue with their staff/cna's who they are SUPPOSED to be leading/supervising, and DON't thank the cna every time the cna works (not kidding here). THey are the backbone of health care, and of nursing. THey are an extension of your nursing license. By law, we are held responsible for the care they give, under our supervision and license. My question is... how long does one wish to keep their current license? If for a lifetime, without censure, then get on board with the CNA's.