I am one among the newest RNs on a busy floor. Every shift I am struggling to help pt's ADLs with minimal CNA assistance. A few CNAs are plain horrible. They won't answer my pager or when they do they would tell me they are with another pt. I told them when they finished with the pt then come help me. Most of the time they don't so I ended up doing it all myself. At other times when they didn't come and help me they complaint that I left dirty linen on the floor. I told them I helped this pt and changed all her linens after she pooped or puke on herself and yes in between I also passing meds while another pt paging for pain medication as well. When they hear that they don't like it.
I have been traveling and agency for 5 years now . I have seen many different areas/hospitals/ CNA's.
The last facility I worked at, had the CNA's with the worst attitude and work ethic(exactly liked you described).. that I have ever seen in 30 years of nursing.
Since the majority of the staff was new grads and agency.. it was accepted as the norm.
I started writing incident reports.. each and every time a CNA refused my direction. (that is usually the first sentence of their job description " UNDER THE DIRECTION OF A REGISTERED NURSE") We are responsible for everything that they do, or don't do.
Management actually thanked me, it did make some difference, the CNA's knew it was me and would no longer look me in the eye.
But they would do what I (always politely ) asked them to do.
My response from thread of May 7 from RNBeauty 23
Last edit by Joe V on Aug 7, '12