Wrote up a CNA, but I was the one who got the boot! - page 6

by MotherRN 11,565 Views | 54 Comments

About two weeks ago, I had an unfamiliar CNA on my night shift. She was 'helping out' with a shortage apparently. I am new on the job as well. I had previously been instructed to ''hold accountable' the CNA's on my shift by... Read More


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    This was LTC. We aren't talking about emergencies that made this nurse unable to complete her work. Instead it's the endless paper charting that was constantly dumped, plus the unpopular tasks of blood draws and stool samples etc. I did the procedures and lab draws and even the enemas that were dumped on me. We're not talking about refusal to complete necessary patient care that was detrimental to someones health. We're talking about refusal to spend my shift time when I NEEDED to be doing direct patient care doing paperwork left behind by first shift. If I did the paperwork, I would have to use overtime to finish my direct patient care and would be in trouble for it. If I prioritized my patient care and put paperwork that was dumped on me after documention that was current to my shift and get off the clock on time, then there was no time for the extra paperwork, which I would then be in trouble for not completing. Problem is, by the standard that I should then be able to pass it on to the 3rd shift, well 3rd shift refused to do it and management was okay with that. So inessence, the only shift held accountable for performance is the second one. We were supposed to be able to complete our shift and part of theirs and still get off the clock no matter what insued on our shift. Like I said, Rock and a hard place.
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    I wanted to thank everyone for their support as I filtered through my nervous energy and worked to tame my bruised ego over these past few days. It has been a great support to be able to vent here.

    I'm going to stop dwelling on this now and move on. I have a house to decorate for Halloween and a research to write for class.

    Thanks again!
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    I am too a nurse and this is too familiar and too common. Where is it that nurses get the boot for lazy or insubordinate aides? I am confused as to where the law states harassment is only about sex, because it is not, its also about having us nurses backed up when there is obviously a problem with our caregivers or aides or cna's. Nurses on the other hand have gone to school to become a nurse and advance their careers, cna's have done the same, but the difference is that nursing has responsibility and a license to uphold. I think it wayyyy time all nurses stick together in this and hire an attorney that will fight the crazy harassment going on in our nursing careers.

    I post this from Nashville, TN in hopes someone will be reading this.....
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    Yes, a lot of the behavior is downright bullying. It's not allowed in the schools, why is it in the workplace?
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    I have to work with CNA's like that even in the hospital sitting. It is strange how they get by with ignoring lights, sitting on the phone talking thru out the shift, eating at the desk, and having the balls to deny requests to help when asked. Yes, they have been on the floor for several years. It just makes me cherish the ones who pitches in and are team players. Yes, when you do say something to management about them or fellow long time nurses, it is you that ends up with the write up. Yep, I finally quit before the termination happened, though not going to complain does no good.


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