Lazy and disrespectful Nursing Assistants - page 2

by lilaclover6984 | 7,072 Views | 38 Comments

This is a vent post! I just can't hold it in any longer and had to vent somewhere so I figured maybe some of you can understand or offer suggestions. I work night shift on a medical transition unit and am often in the... Read More


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    Maybe you need to go up the food chain. This educator is the pits! who is her boss, or boss's boss? Just getting a new job may be the answer, but good luck with that.
    Quote from lilaclover6984
    Well you see that's part of the problem. I have been on this unit for a year and a half an the first year was fine. 6 months ago we got a new manager and educator that I think are contributing to the problem. Nursing assistants are constantly running to the educator and complaining that "nurses arent helping them change people". But yet meanwhile we are working out butts off all night while they sit on the computer for hours at a time and take long breaks. But the educator is validating their complaints and saying things like " back when I was a nurse this was the nurses job and we didn't have NAs and nurses shouldn't be treating NAs like slaves" and says these things to the nurses at staff meetings with the NAs there.

    Oh and did I mention that our nurses on nights have between 16-18 patients and they have 9-12 on days.
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    Uggg why did my thread get moved here?
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    I think it's dependent on the group as well.
    I'm a PCT in my hospital and if I get a chance to sit, I will.
    I don't play with my phone though, but sitting is nice.

    If the nurse asks me to do something it's NBD, I just get up and do it.

    But some people will sigh, roll eyes, etc.
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    Some people are lazy and simply don't want to work. Cna's were trained to be assistants, hence their title, the nerve of them to complain, they have the easier job. Can't they get written up or something?
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    Quote from Mega hair
    Some people are lazy and simply don't want to work. Cna's were trained to be assistants, hence their title, the nerve of them to complain, they have the easier job. Can't they get written up or something?
    I wish! It seems like management is letting them run the show. Apparently at the last staff meeting the educator was telling everyone ( nurses and NAs) that the nurses need to start helping and that there is no excuse for nursing not helping and blah blah blah
    NurseBrookitty likes this.
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    As a current CNA and someday nurse, block social media, disallow cell phones.

    Document your specific concerns and get them fired--it's not really likely punishment will lead to better work ethic. There are good people seeking jobs out there. Or if you aren't interested in taking it that far, sit them down and try having a conversation with them. Or look for a different job. Or don't do anything but vent, I guess.

    CNAs should get their breaks. It's a legal necessity regardless of how swamped you are but if it goes beyond that, fight for something better for your patients.
    MMaeLPN likes this.
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    Quote from tigerlogic
    As a current CNA and someday nurse, block social media, disallow cell phones.

    Document your specific concerns and get them fired--it's not really likely punishment will lead to better work ethic. There are good people seeking jobs out there. Or if you aren't interested in taking it that far, sit them down and try having a conversation with them. Or look for a different job. Or don't do anything but vent, I guess.

    CNAs should get their breaks. It's a legal necessity regardless of how swamped you are but if it goes beyond that, fight for something better for your patients.
    Oh I totally agree everyone should get breaks but this goes Wayyyy beyond that.

    And even their laziness I could let slide a little but it's the total disrespect that realllyyyyy gets to me. There is one NA that will yell at the nurses all the time. She was once getting very forceful and in the face of an agitated pt with dementia trying to make her go back to her roomher. I told her to just leave her alone for now and I would watch her. And she yelled at me "No!! You don't understand, she will wander into other patients rooms" I told her its ok I'm watching her. And she came right up to me and the other nurse swearing and yelled "F%#k!!! I HATE this , nobody ever listens to me!" and stormed off.
    The same NA will come up to me repeatedly in a night sawing " such and such pt. has a cough" I got the info the first time and was dealing with it accordingly. But she kept telling me all night and was all like " isn't anyone gonna do anything"

    Then situation just the other day Of a NA screaming at me at the desk about the schedule .

    Just sooooo much disrespect
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    What is "NBD?"
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    I'm currently in nursing school, but am also a PCA in the SICU. I must say, techs like this give us all a bad name. I know there are a few I have worked with that just dilly dally around all night long while the nurses and other techs are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. It really drives me nuts and is so hard not to get an attitude with them. I suggest that if your NM won't listen then go further up the chain. Usually we go to the charge nurse, then the NM, and if things still don't get fixed then we go to the main nursing office and have a conversation. Usually they are able to scare people into doing their job and if not they just get rid of them. I personally don't even know how these people have time to sit down, I can hardly get 3 minutes to run to the restroom most nights! Between accchecks q2h, turning, changing, bathing, charting, and the other 18748728 things I'm responsible for in the night I am a happy girl when 0715 rolls around. Maybe you could talk to the offender. You don't have to be demeaning to them, however our job description is the nurses ASSISTANT aka we are there to assist you in caring for the patient. Good luck!
    Twinmom06 likes this.
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    Quote from lilaclover6984
    "There is one NA that will yell at the nurses all the time. She was once getting very forceful and in the face of an agitated pt with dementia trying to make her go back to her room. I told her to just leave her alone for now and I would watch her. And she yelled at me "No!! You don't understand, she will wander into other patients rooms"

    I'd be reporting the psycho for resident abuse. There's something seriously wrong with your nurse manager if that's tolerated.
    Good luck.
    Violach, MMaeLPN, SoldierNurse22, and 1 other like this.


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