I'm currently a male nursing assistant working in a hospital facility among an all female staff. I have dreams about becoming a nurse and just got accepted into a Master's Program (which I'm terrified to mention at this point).
To sell myself on this problem: I'm a happy person. Seriously, I'm a contagious smiler who worked at the hospital as a transporter for 6 months prior to starting as a CNA. I know more than half of the clinical staff of the entire building and I have received positive feedback from multiple departments as well as multiple commendations from my patients. I've even been offered a position in a video-marketing campaign for one of the hospital's initiatives.
I was originally hired into the department that I currently work for with the purpose of improving the reputation of the facility in comparison to the rest of the hospital. After working as a CNA for the past 2 months I've started losing that desire to smile. I still love working with my patients, but I feel like I'm getting judged for not being at the nurse's station and dumped on with responsibilities as "ancillary support". I have a problem with saying no to the RN's I work with and so I get heavily derailed with tasks when it comes to collecting vitals/blood sugar checks. *For the record, pericare is awesome and I have no problem with patients requesting help. I DO currently have problems with nurses that sit at computers and chart while telling me to go do X with patient Z. Do nurses always chart medications for four patients throughout their shifts?
I feel like I'm pulling loose ends for 3 nurses by the end of the day;
tonight I was told that the staff thinks that I have difficulty prioritizing my goals which often leads to me seeming frazzled and distressed at the end of the shift.
I've been told that nurses eat their young, but what is this! Team work should not be the result of delegating tasks and then talking about coupons at grocery stores with other nurses!
I'm meeting with my hiring manager tomorrow to talk about scheduling with my immediate supervisor. Professionalism prevents me from saying names in the office.
If I have problems focusing, what should my greatest priorities be as a CNA?