perhaps it's just me, but referring to people as "subordinates" is a good way to alienate yourself. i realize this is good for the heading of the post, but i've seen nurses do this and use that specific terminology when talking to others --that's a huge no no.
i'm not trying to start a fight- quite the contrary. but whether you're a nurse or an aide, your goal is the same...to provide the best care for your patient. [font="arial black"]and just because the nurse is the only one with the legal responsibility for the care doesn't mean she's the only one who deserves the credit for it.
rule number one: if you need something done...ask. "can you get a stat cbc on 436 and then take him down to xray? sure, i'm all over it. not: you need to do a stat cbc on 436 before taking him to x ray. that will automatically have your aide headed for a long trip to the bathroom. respect goes a long way, and remember...we can't read your minds.
rule ii: remember, as others have pointed out, that while you may have 5 patients (or more depending on your facility), the aide may have 2-3 times that many. and having all that responsibility is a lot, that's a lot of manual labor that you're not having to attend to, so patience is a must.
your recommendations ring true - especially the one about sharing credit. make sure you thank those who help you - you never know when you'll truly need their help again. and believe me when i tell you - if you just "expect" people to show up when you get in the habit of not thanking others for help - you're going to be left alone, doing whatever it is - by yourself.
going to nap soon