I am having an issue with certain coworkers abusing the "priviledge" of having a tech. A lot of new graduate nurses and some seasoned nurses do not understand assistance on the floor is for the benefit of the patient, not the benefit of the nurses to sit and play on their kindles and iphones all day.
We house 40 patients in our acute rehab center, and typically keep 3 techs split between units, brain injury, general rehab, and spinal cord. Tonight there happened to be a nursing student, serving as a tech, on the floor who was the only show up we had after 2 call offs. I stressed to the charge, it's not ok to have the tech run between units the entire night assisting max assist in spinal injury, toielting in general rehab, and in neuro one of the new grads I team with asked if she could run the IVs and phlebotomy for her.
I don't know how to address this issue with management, as I have spoken to the free charge and begged if she could assist with teching on the floor.
This is the main reasons why we never have the assistance needed to maintain a healthy staff