Please be nice to your aides. - page 2

by IlliniHelper 6,003 Views | 30 Comments

I have just finished my clinicals as a CNA, I am a PLT as well. I decided to stop for now and work as a Medical Assistant, a sort of "short cut" at my age of 40. I hold a 4.0 GPA and have 45 college credits, I can do wound care... Read More


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    I work in a hospital. I changed briefs and my tech and I teamed up to give out patient a bath. She's a very dedicated and through PCT. Could she have done all of the above tasks on her own? I guarantee she could. I respect her enough to help her with "her tasks".

    Funny thing about that piece of paper that's hanging on my refrigerator, it is MY license. If you don't desire to advance your education, that's your decision. Does that make me superior, nope. It does mean when you work with an RN (s)he is supervisory over what you do, when you function as a CNA, you are practicing under the RN's license.

    Some of your statements would be considered hostile, insubordinate, and quite frankly just plain rude.

    With your lack of respect for nurses, maybe it is better for you to perform as an MA, so that you are practicing under the MD/DO's license.
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    Maybe you should shadow a nurse to actually see what we have to do before you pass judgement. And the last time I checked I still wipe butts too. I did last Friday and no, I didn't go find the CNA to do it either. I toileted the patient myself.

    As far as I know ALL of us are there to take care of the patient. It is no us versus them. If you have this attitude maybe you should find another area where you don't have to work around the mean, lazy and bad nurses. A doctors office or some type of clinic maybe?

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    This is why I cant work with a bunch of hens. You act as if no nurse, in the history of nursing is exactly as I describe. If I witnessed this then it happened.
    I am not jealous. I like working M-F from 8 am to 5 pm. With an hour for lunch. I also make 19.75 an hour as a medical assistant. See they way you jump all over me. Its the same day after day working with women. Why are you all such backbiters. Cant you just admit I am right, in some things and wrong in others. Berating me does no good. I dont envy your hours, the filth you encounter. All I said is BE NICE TO YOUR AIDES> you bring half the young girls to tears. There is no need. You are "professionals" right. And I am not impressed with record keeping as a legit part of the RN. All they did at the home was eat, hide in the lounge and occasionally check Facebook. Perhaps this is not the case in every place but it is the case in some.
    Act your age. This is my first post.
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    Nurses often assume an awful lot about people. Like presuming someone is coming to the ER for meds. It is not your place to judge, and you work under the Drs. license. I am 40 mind you and raised my kids first. I do have an accurate and appropriate view of lets say.......45% of nurses. I have raised three sons, I have been around drs and nurses and blood and gore and guts since 1991. Many of your were just born then. I dont need a stupid piece of expensive paper to say I am equipt to handle emergencies. I am working for a Drs office because I cant work with nurses. Obviously. I cant even post around them
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    Quote from IlliniHelper
    Nurses often assume an awful lot about people. Like presuming someone is coming to the ER for meds. It is not your place to judge, and you work under the Drs. license. I am 40 mind you and raised my kids first. I do have an accurate and appropriate view of lets say.......45% of nurses. I have raised three sons, I have been around drs and nurses and blood and gore and guts since 1991. Many of your were just born then. I dont need a stupid piece of expensive paper to say I am equipt to handle emergencies. I am working for a Drs office because I cant work with nurses. Obviously. I cant even post around them
    Wow. You do know that nurses have their own license and are overseen by the Board of Nursing and do not "work under" a doctor's license. Different disciplines, and we work together.

    And no, your description does not describe 45% of nurses. I have worked with some lazy nurses (AND lazy aides for that matter) but they have always been the minority.
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    Please tell me that you did not in the same post say "act your age" and resort to name calling.

    Yes, there are nurses that are lazy. There are techs that are lazy, there are doctors that a lazy, etc.

    The people you want to give this message to probably will not be found on all nurses. Most of the people that come here care about the work we do, or we wouldn't spend our off time discussing nursing issues.
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    Why would you come to a forum for nurses, just to tell us how horrible we all are, LOL?

    If you want people to take you seriously, then try starting a constructive conversation.

    The only person you've made look bad in your post, is, well....You...
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    It's a two way street. I try very hard to rarely ask my aides to do anything extra, but just yesterday, while in an isolation room and not wanting to get out of gown/glove/mask, I asked a passing aide to grab a couple things for me to change a dressing, and she rolled her eyes and walked away.

    I couldn't do an aides job, and I admit that freely. I never was a CNA/STNA and I never would be. I compliment my aides often and always dive in and help on those messy clean up jobs.

    But coming on a nursing board and basically lambasting all of nurses to 'check themselves' because you yourself are competent enough to swab someones nose and then carry it to a lab is really, just...reinforcing why people act the way they do.
    Last edit by delilas on Feb 25, '13
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    What was reason why you started this thread? To bash nurses or to genuinely reach out and say nurses should treat aides better? Sorry you've had bad interactions with nurses but to come on a nursing website and bash nurses is cruel. So don't be surprised at the responses.

    Start a constructive and non judgmental thread (with no name calling) about how nurses and aides should work together. It may get you the responses you were looking for.

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    Quote from IlliniHelper
    Nurses often assume an awful lot about people. Like presuming someone is coming to the ER for meds. It is not your place to judge, and you work under the Drs. license. I am 40 mind you and raised my kids first. I do have an accurate and appropriate view of lets say.......45% of nurses. I have raised three sons, I have been around drs and nurses and blood and gore and guts since 1991. Many of your were just born then. I dont need a stupid piece of expensive paper to say I am equipt to handle emergencies. I am working for a Drs office because I cant work with nurses. Obviously. I cant even post around them
    Don't judge who often IS a drug seeker, but yet here you are judging. We alll judge. some are just more open about it..........You clearly have no idea what you are talking about with regards to licensure and nursing. NURSES DO NOT WORK under an MD/DO license. You don't need a piece of paper to handle emergencies. ok then next time someone needs intubation or a chest tube go at it... after all, all the md has is a piece of paper or two on you...... same with nurses and our scope of practice. Not my fault I am at a higer salary since nearly half your age and chose not to have children. I think someone is trolling, but people DO THINK stuff like this lol.
    There are a FEW aides I love to work with. Most to all of those are pre med or nursing students. They are very smart and UNDERSTAND that nurses do more than what it seems. The amount i Have to chart to LEGALLY protect myself and also keep pt safe is more than most non nurses or doctors can imagine. Seriously. The easiest part of my job is wiping butts and changing diapers. Should I let my septic pt continue to deteroriate, or ignore the blood sugar of 34 because , god forbid, i ask an aide to help change that pt.
    I sometimes say, " while i give this pt IV meds , can you please do this?" Why should I even have to say it? With the aides that are good at their job they know that I run my butt doing things . so when i need help, help me and don't resent the fact that i make 3 times what you make for it.... I am not a lazy nurse , too good to wipe butts, or feed pts etc. ....( a nurse and some aides are smart enough to know that you must prioritize and delegate. I can do EVERYTHING you can do , but you can not legally nor are you ACCOUNTABLE to do everything i MUST do ).
    I will get vitals, change pts, bathe pts, that are not my assignment to help some of the aides. Yes, there are lazy nurses but in my expereince I have seen more lazy aides.... because, I think, of less accountability..... some people just have a poor work ethic, i don't have to have worked sicne 1991 ( way too young for that!!!!!!) to know it!


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