Was I at fault? the nurse embarrassed me in front of others. - page 3

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I am a nursing assistant in the float pool. I got floated to a med-surg floor. It was going okay, and then it got very busy when there were 3 new admits. I was in the room with the new admit and the nurse for that new patient. ... Read More


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    Are you a new CNA? I would think you'd be used to redicule from high and mighty nurses by now LOL. I'm an LPN now but I was a CNA for 14 years prior. When I was a CNA I've come across the same thing by a nurse who thought he was too good to answer call lights and give bedpans. No you shouldn't have been embarassed, it is the nurses responsibility as well to answer call lights, we are not above that or putting bedpans. I frequently do for my CNA's when I see they are busy doing rounds, helping pt's ect. In actualality it's the nurses fault the patient was incontinent and she was just stressed about the admits and the fact that she had to do something she probably deems beneath her. Don't stress out about it. If it does happen again though don't hesitate to try and talk to her in private or go even above her if necessary. Everyone is there for patient care and the nurse has to be able to do her job as well as yours if need be. Don't let her see it bother's you, some of them get off on that crap and will do it purposely again. Just do what you can, you can't be everywhere at once. If you ever get your nurses license, rember this moment so you never do that to another CNA, I have and it's kept me humble, I never have problems with my CNA's
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    News flash: RN doesnt give us the right to never wipe a butt again. Nursing is nursing, its not always glamorous and if a patient tells me they need the bedpan i dont put them on hold to get someone else to do it to avoid it. If she heard it going off for that amount of time its called get off ur lazy you know what and answer it. This annoys me so much because I was an LNA for a long time and some nurses are just plain lazy and mean.
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    I was not a CNA before getting my RN, however, I also will toilet patients or put them on a bedpan and let my CNA know they are on the bedpan (or go back myself to get them off if I need to). I also pad the beds prior to working with gtubes or starting IVs. I also wipe up my own spills, etc. So I have few if any issues with my CNAs in fact other nurses have asked me how I get the aides to go "above and beyond for me". I share my "secret" with nurses who try to help everyone and just shrug and smile at those who can't be bothered to help.
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    Wow! Teamwork is the key to nursing and that means "WE" answer call lights and get patients bedpans or blankets or whatever they need. That is not just a CNA's job. I have worked with some wonderful hard working CNA's and a few lazy ones. I have heard of nurses running after CNA's with bedpan in hand to give it to them to take it to a patient. Not my style if I can not handle the job alone I find someone else to help me, be it a CNA or a Nurse. Once again Teamwork makes the shift go smoother!! Oh and FYI while I was in nursing school and working as an orderly, I ran into one of those chew your head of nurses, I only had one word for her!
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    The fact of the matter is, when you work in healthcare, there is always going to be that nurse with the superiority complex that does not see the techs and aides as her team members but simply their assistant who they have control over.

    I work as tech and was very recently chewed out in front of my coworkers by a nasty nurse. I was assigned to do cover for breaks, and the first tech refused to go when I went to relieve him. I told this nurse ( who was the charge nurse that day ) and her response was "I dont care as long everyone gets their break." ...okay then I moved along went to the next person but unfortunately people like to take a little longer then there assigned breaks so when I finally got back to break the tech that originally refused he had already complained he didn't get a break and someone else broke him. Well and hour later this charge nurse calls be over and in front of all my coworkers (and a few pt's and visitors) yells at me "Why didnt this person get a break?!?!" I told her I went back to relive him but he had already gone" well she goes on how I am supposed to tell her and not just take it upon myself to take of it.

    Well lets just say I could have gone off and made her feel like a complete ass but I just shut my mouth and walked away. I love my job and I love what I do but this is the nature of the beast. We as techs and aides are the "low ones on the totem pole" sometimes certain nurses seem to forget that we are a part of the team and are their for the same reason they are... to help care for our pt's.

    All we can do is perform our job to the best of our ability. Don't let a mean nurse get under your skin because their are plenty of other mean nurses where that came from, and plenty of nurses that truly appreciate the work we as techs and aides do.
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    This kind of thing happened to me enough times that I left my previous LTC facility. I usually try to be humble and I would have said "Oh thank you so much! I really appreciate that you cleaned up the patient so that I could settle the new admit" Make them feel like they are appreciated .
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    You are an aid, and are there to do just that, aid...NOT run around like a chicken with your head cut off just to do things some lady doesn't want to do herself. Why couldn't she have gone and helped if the call bell went off? I'd talk to your supervisor, if anything just to CYA.
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    I'd probably have said right back to that RN in front of everybody, "Well seeing that I was busy with the new admit you assigned me to -- or did you forget already ...Why the hell, did you wait so long to clean that patient up? And, I better not find that you didn't change the sheets!"
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    I am not surprised but why some people become nurses is beyond me. There is no CNA button & we are supposed to be a team. I was not a CNA prior to becoming an LVN but that isn't the point. If a call light is going off & my CNA's are busy then I go deal with it. It doesn't happen often but sometimes it does. It isn't a big deal to me. I feel we should have each others back & work as team but that is my opinion. There are many nurses who can sit there & let a call light go off for 10 minutes yet continue working. I can't.
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    It was not your fault! 1st of all she still needs to be able to change sheets, diapers, whatever is necessary if you are not available. Her education does not get her out of that task-ever. If she thinks it does she needs to go do something else. REPORT HER!
    AheleneLPN likes this.


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