New CNA needs to be fired, but is union.

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    We got this new CNA on our unit. Given she is pretty good, not the BEST one but does her job. her attitude is the worst i have ever seen. I can't even talk about the stuff she says without fuming. She has had many many complaints by coworkers and even patients/families about her attitude.
    Our unit always pairs one nurse with one CNA. She was paired with me one day and i'm a pretty new nurse (she HATES new nurses the most). Anyway, i had a patient's whose heart rates were in the 180's, wasn't symptomatic. So i paged the doctor, i'm talking with the doctor on the phone writing down orders to put in. She is standing behind me in a very very loud voice "Lets Go Caitlyn. Off the phone now, our patient needs to get cleaned up. He "shat" everywhere" (Yes, she swore outloud) keep in mind her voice is INCREDIBLY loud. She is clapping her hands in my face, while i'm on the phone with the doctor taking orders. I held my finger up trying to tell her to wait until im done. She gets up in my face and goes "Oh no you didn't" YES im still on the phone trying to take orders. The doctor on the other end is furious because he heard all of this. He was like "Who is that? give me her name. i am talking to your manager."
    It isn't just me, she has done this countless number of times to everybody. She does it to doctors, she does it to ther CNA, she does it to nurses. She will get inches from your face and always clap "LETS GO!!! WE NEED TO DO THIS NOW." She talks crap about nurses all the time. She HATES nurses and she says it outloud. If you are a nurse, you are crap in her book. It doesn't matter how nice and how helpful you are. If you have an RN behind you're name, you are hated and she will let you know.
    "Why do you all complain about 'being so busy' all you do is pass medications. It doesn't take a genious to do that." She is very overweight and always says things like "You just didn't invite me to go with you guys cause you hate fat people."
    She swears CONSTANTLY. I once asked the CNA i was with to get a set of vitals while she was getting the patient up in the chair (set of orthos). This mean CNA i'm talking about goes "Are your legs broken Caitlyn? You are capable of doing it yourself" All i asked was for my CNA to get a blood pressure while she was planning on being in there anyway.

    She has been talked to many many many times, and it only fuels the fire in her. she will tell of my manager just as much as she does me or anyone else. My manager is at her wits end because there isn't anything she can do about it since the CNAs are union.
    Is it really that hard to fire her?? Is there something we can do to get rid of her?? She has GOT TO GO!!!! Seriously, it gets worse everytime you work with her. I can't work with her...i can't do it anymore.

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    Sweet Rainbow Sprinkles.

    If this person is behaving as you describe and your manager can't do anything about it then y'all have the world's best and scariest union in the mix. If, as I suspect, your manager for whatever reason does not wish to dismiss the employee that is another issue.

    Above all, keep your own behaviour impeccable. Do not allow her to speak to you or anyone else in a disrespectful manner, call her on her behaviour in a professional way.

    eg: If she is clapping in your face explain to her what your priority is at the moment and tell her politely but firmly that she needs to stop. Something to the effect of "right now I am trying to finish my charting. I will be able to help you change the bed in 5 minutes, but right now you are making me uncomfortable and I need you to stop so I can get my work done"

    Keep your behaviour professional while setting limits. Sooner or later it will catch up with her, but don't let her drag you down too.
    Last edit by CodeteamB on May 13, '13
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    You can still fire with a union but you need to do it properly. Usually there is a process.Verbal warning, written warning etc.You need to document behaviour and report it.
    Not_A_Hat_Person, psu_213, llg, and 4 others like this.
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    It's like talking to a middle schooler. I try to get a word in, i'll try to say something polite like "I will help you when i can but right now this patient is my priority" She will cut you off with the first couple words and be like "I don't want to hear it." Either that, or she will go to the manager and say "Nurse X refused to help me clean our patient so i was forced to do it myself now my back hurts.", that isn't the whole story!
    I think my manager is intimitated by her to be honest. She is a good manager, not very confrontational. She will address issues but i think she is intimitated with this one. I feel like my manager just tells her there is an issue rather than doing something about it, like taking it to HR to see what can be done.

    Like, jsut today. She was assigned with the SWEETEST nurse in the world. She is just a gem, wonderful asset to our team!! So this nurse is in the middle of narc count with me, which is done every Monday. She sees her CNA walk by and goes "Hey___ Do you mind rechecking PatientX temperature? i had to give him some tylenol earlier" she looks at her strait in the eye and goes "Are your legs broken? You do it." and walks off.
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    Oh, and to top it all off on Sunday, mothers day, my fiance wanted to come surprise me for lunch with our daughter. My daugher is only 6 months so she is in bed by the time i get home. i was sad i wasn't going to be able to spend my first mothers day with her. My fiance knows i'm busy at work, he told me to call home and tell him when a good time would be to come for lunch. So i called him around 11:30 and told him i could get a break in about an hour. I got reported from this CNA for "making personal calls from work."
    I knew it was her because she told me it was. It wasn't like i used my cell phone or anything. We didn't talk for more than a couple minutes.
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    I'm not in a union, but I do work for a large company with deep pockets and thanks to our litigious society, they are reluctant to fire anyone for fear of being sued. It's a running joke around here when someone gets placed on a "Special Project". The name would make one think that they're so good at what they do that they have been selected to participate on a special project, but if you work here a while you learn that no, special projects are created for those individuals who don't work well with others but it may be too costly to get rid of them.

    We also have something called a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). It is a written contract between employee, manager and HR (in your case, Union would likely need to be involved as well). It's a very detailed account of the expectations for the employee and must be written in a way that leaves little room for interpretation. It must be something that the employee is able to achieve as well. The manager must document as much as possible PIP review period (often 3 to 6 months) and at the end of the period, the group meets again to discuss whether or not the employee has made enough improvement to stay.

    Having never worked for a union, I don't know if this would fly, but given that we go through all of that when not in a union, I can only imagine what is required when you are in one so I can understand the manager's reservations. However, people have been let go while in a union before and if the employee is as difficult as you say she is, one rotten apple can spoil the whole bushel (or something like that). The manager would be upset to lose good nurses who refuse to work with her. Better to lose the rotten apple. Surely, she must be able to speak to the Union to inquire about what process must be followed.
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    I am in a union, and it has a reputation for being very strong, and going to bat for employees. If I were behaving in the fashion described I have no doubt that my employer would discipline me in a flash and while my union would allow me to grieve the disciplinary action I would not expect to win. The NAs where I work are also part of a union and I have seen them be fired or transferred for far less than what is described here. I don't think the union is the problem here, it sounds as if the NM is ineffectual or uninterested in discipline in this situation.

    Bottom line, she is a nursing ASSISTANT, and she needs to get on board with your plan of care, especially if you are working in team mode. Be professional, be clear about what your expectations are for her behaviour, and her work. If she crosses the line, write her up. Hopefully if there are enough complaints your manager will get off her bum and do something.
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    I work at a nursing home. The CNA'S are all in the union. They do whatever they want to do. Nobody does anything about it. Some of them are extremely rude, nasty and hateful to the nurses and to the patients too. Nobody counsels them. Nobody writes them up. They just do as they damn well please.
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    I guess i'm a little confused as to what the union has capability of doing here. I feel like our CNAs do whatever they want and always use the excuse that "the union will back them up" and if my manager has any disciplinary actions, they threaten to go to the union. Like if a CNA is denied vacation, they threaten to get the union involved when they were denied vacation because of our policies (i.e. they don't have PTO to cover it, they don't have senority and someone else asked off).

    Yes, i agree my manager is ignoring what is going on with her. I think there is more that can be done, it just isn't getting done. We have PIP too (as someone described earlier), and she has yet to even be on that.
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    The CNA's are in charge at my nursing home. The CNA's constantly call the administrator, corporate or the union over every little thing. And sure enough they always get their way. Management just ignores our "problem CNA's".

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