I'm sure there are a million threads on this topic, but I just need to vent a little in the process of getting opinions/advice.
So, I "started at the bottom" by becoming a CNA prior to nursing school and working my way up so to speak. That being said, I know what a hard job it is. I was a CNA and then an intern on a very busy floor. There were constantly several call lights going off, someone always needing to be cleaned up after being incontinent, several people on Q2 turns, everyone (between 10-20 patients per one CNA depending if it was day or night shift) on Q4 vitals, people who needed help eating, ambulating, etc, etc. I literally couldn't take a 30 minute break unless I made a conscious effort and left the floor. I was told we were supposed to get two 15 minute breaks as well, but I think that's a myth.
Fast forward....I'm a nurse in a very different environment. My job now is not nearly as stressful even during the day shift, but I'm currently on nights where it's even less hectic. Frankly, compared to my floor days, it's a piece of cake. Still, there are CNA's and especially one in particular who seemed frustrated by my mere presence as a new nurse and has made comments about "RNs who think they can't do" certain tasks. Keep in mind....there are no incontinent patients, no call lights, nobody who needs help eating or ambulating, etc. I've actually acted as a CNA even though I'm a nurse on a couple of days/nights due to short staff. I never felt overwhelmed or like I needed help from the other RNs. Not only did I do the basic job duties, but I took the trash out more than once (one time is expected, and enough really), wiped down every possible surface you can think of, and stocked every possible item that could possibly be stocked. I literally had to look for things to do to keep busy. So, you can imagine that I'm a little surprised when this CNA huffs and puffs because she has to stop playing her electronic game or put down the book she is reading to get a patient a drink or check a (as in one) blood pressure. I thought it was just this one person with a horrible attitude who just didn't want to work, period. THEN....
A different tech (who generally has a good attitude) was doing personal things on the computer which was no problem. So, we got a patient who needed to have an eye on them WHILE THEY SLEPT and when I told them, they make a comment about how the nurses aren't doing anything.
WHAT?! I actually said, "Well, I'm doing A, B, and C so if you want to go do this then I can watch them for awhile." I know it can be hard sitting in one spot for a long time. I'VE DONE THAT! They declined. Just a side note...the co-worker could still work on the computer as they were doing as long as the patient was asleep and within view.
I started to think....it must just be everyone instead of just the one CNA I mentioned before. Is there just a general concensus by all CNA's that they do everything and the nurses do nothing? I try to do things to "help out" even when there's really no need for help. For example, I'll bag up all the trash if I'm not busy, wipe down everything, or help out with vitals. It never gets acknowledged. I don't need a pat on the back, but if you're going to act like "the nurses" never do anything regardless of what we do, then what's the point in making an effort? That's how I'm starting to feel.
I don't know if it's because I'm "the new nurse" and they don't respect me, or if this is what I can expect forever. I do feel like I don't get as much respect just because when someone needs to leave the floor or take a break, etc. they will go around to the other nurses to make sure it's "okay" but they don't ask me. I would never say no (well, unless it was totally inappropriate timing)...so it's not that.
Am I crazy or does any of this ring a bell? I'm starting to think I need to learn to accept this as the way it is and let it roll off my back, but it really bothers me. I don't even know how to stop caring that someone views me (or us in general) as "lazy" or "better" than them. I won't even ask a CNA to do ANYTHING because of this attitude. Even if they're sitting down reading a book and I'm overwhelmed, I'll just do things (that they are capable of doing and are often expected to do by other nurses) on my own because I don't want to get the attitude. What to do?!