We do team nursing on our floor with an aide, LPN, and RN as the team leader for up to 10 patients. I'm new to this. We have a few LPN's who will ignore call lights and ask other people to take care of some of their work. A lot of times we won't have an aide so it's up to the other two of us to take care of baths, vitals, etc as well. Last week this happened and my LPN took four breaks (not including her lunch) and the only time I sat down all day was at lunch. Everyone else noticed this and told me to document it all and give to our manager. However, someone else had told me to be careful because the manager will tell whoever you complained about who it was you who had an issue. However, even though she's the worst there are about four on our floor that will park their butts at the desk once their meds are passed and then complain or have a bad attitude if an RN dare asks them to answer a light or go help someone. A lot of times they'll come up with excuses why they can't do something. It's very frustrating! Is there a tactful way to deal with this or do I just need to go tattle which I really don't want to do esp being new? Thanks for any advice!!
Sep 23, '12
There is laziness at all levels. It doesn't matter if you are Admin, DON, ADON, NM, Charge, RN, LPN, CMA'S, or CNA. When we use labels people get defensive. Regardless, your best bet is to try to encourage these nurses to be involved with care. Ask for their help outright. If they don't feel part of the team they may not want to go the extra mile. If may be that the lazy people will be lazy despite anything you do. Best of luck.
Last edit by xoemmylouox on Sep 23, '12