I had a very strange thing happen to me at work last night, basically I got there and right away the charge nurse who is an rn called me in her office and gave me some instructions she wanted me to carry out that evening. It was simple stuff like walking someone and making sure certain people got their meal trays at certain times.
Now here's the thing, I come in as a support cna from 5 to 9. Another cna is on the floor from 2 to 10 and when I come in its just the three of us.
So my sort of question here is in cna training we were taught cna's do not report to other cna's nor do they delegate. We work as a team. This is kind of a unique situation as our only licensed nurse is also the charge nurse and needs to spend a lot of time in her office.
SO she really depends on us to do a lot of things (we stay in our scope of practice of course)
So i communicated with the other cna about what the nurse wanted and right away I could see she was not happy. She talked to the kitchen staff about the order of the meal trays (she had other plans then what I was told) and even went into a patients room with me to ask to the patient and family if it was ok if they waited on the walk so I could help her with other things. I understood that what she needed may be important and since the family was ok waiting Is tarted to do the other job, any way the rn came out and was not too happy I wasnt doing what she asked. I explained that the cna had asked me to do something else. She redirected me back to the room to do what she asked me to do earlier.
Well, the family member didn't want me to now because they thought I would get in trouble!!!
Did I miss something is this cna my supervisor since I am a support cna? if so that is fine I am quite happy following directions I just cnat follow two sets of opposing ones. If the cna is not my supervisor I must admit I really wish we would just split the floor when I come in instead of me helping her with everyone.(sometimes I am just waiting around for her and then have to stay later) But this is the way they do it here and who am question that?
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14