hello. I'm a nurse aide in an assisted living facility. I recently reported to my charge nurse that my resident told me he was pushed the day before by a staff member and that he didnt fall. Somehow my coworker that is being investigated for this allegation found out I reported to the nurse about these allegations. She is being quite hateful saying that she'd never do hurt a resident (im thinking in my head, "then you have nothing to worry about")
I'm unsure how to handle this situation. I know I did what is right, I'm just not sure if I should switch to a different rotation, bring it to my D.O.N or just wait until the investigation is over to find out what is going to happen to my coworker. I didn't know what to say to my coworker who confronted me, I just told her I told the nurse what was reported to me by a resident because we're supposed to report all abuse allegations, but she is making work life difficult when I'm just trying to do my job and care for my residents.
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I didn't know what to say to my coworker who confronted me, I just told her I told the nurse what was reported to me by a resident because we're supposed to report all abuse allegations, but she is making work life difficult when I'm just trying to do my job and care for my residents.
You said the only thing there is to say, really. Your other option would've been to simply refuse to discuss it with her and refer her back to the DON, as in "We were told we must report residents' allegations. I won't discuss this with you any further; you will need to talk with ______ about it."
I'm sorry she is treating you poorly. That said, you must know that this
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(im thinking in my head, "then you have nothing to worry about")
seems to have just as much a chance of being wrong as it does right. I've never found myself in this position but it's probably a little naïve to think that things always work out peachy when one is innocent. She still shouldn't be discussing it with you, though.
What happens to the other aide is not your concern. What, if anything, she does to you, however, does. If she should engage you in any way that is not safe or is threatening, then report that. Otherwise, try to avoid her and/or respond as previously advised.
I wish I knew how to advise you. It's always dangerous to report people. Your boss should not have told her who reported her.
Make it known to a few people at home that this person is now angry at you and that, if anything happens to you, which it most
likely won't, they need to look at her.
If she really threatens you, you might be able to get a restraining order, thus making her known to the Court and law enforcement.
Kind of hard to enforce at work but she at least won't be able to come within a certain distance of you at home or otherwise outside
Learn her car, her friends, her boyfriend. Be aware and wary of her.
Tell your boss what's going on. In the future, report anonymously.
Try getting the patients to report her if they say she has done this or that instead of you reporting her.
It's a rotten situation. God bless and protect you.
To the poster who said that she has nothing to worry about if she's done nothing wrong - that's a really naive statement. Many,
many innocent people are accused and even convicted. Innocent people lose their freedom and reputations often enough. DNA
might clear them decades later. Meantime, they've lost everything.
I'm not worried about her hurting me, she's just hateful towards me. My other coworkers have been quite short and cold with me as well as she told them everything that happened, I was just doing my job because I don't want to lose my certifications. My DON told me I should have reported it within 2 hours (per our state) and I didn't, so that could come back on me. I could ask to switch to the opposite rotation of me and I wouldn't have to deal with them much but I don't know if that would be childish or immature.
Hold your head up. You reported something that needed to be reported. You did your job. I think that if you feel something is important enough to report you need to own it. Be willing to talk with the other CNA, with a mediator, and don't be intimidated by foolishness or dirty looks. Treat her as you did before. If you handle this well, your coworkers will see you are a stand up person.
There is nothing childish or immature about taking reasonable measures for oneself to mitigate a hostile workplace.