I am working as a CNA to help me be better prepared for nursing school
and a better nurse. I have worked in three different environments and believe the following are vital to good teamwork:
1) active management
2) adequate ratios for techs and nurses
3) good, working equipment
4) good unit design (I prefer circular)
5) good relationships with other departments (e.g., lab, respiratory, physical therapy)
6) enforcement of facility rules
7) staff education
8) staff empowerment
I don't mind taking requests from the nurses. I do mind when I see them chit-chatting and/or surfing the web and dumping on me (this hasn't happened in my new workplace - the nurses are great). I especially like opportunities to team with the nurse and learn and/or deliver great customer service. I like it when the nurses team with me and don't take the attitude that they are better than me (in the past, I have run into that... --I have had some say (when I am running around like crazy and they aren't busy, I have a bachelor's degree and I didn't get it to toilet someone.) (Well, I have a bachelor's degree, too, and I plan on having another one, and a master's degree, and if I have to toilet someone because the tech is busy, I will...)
I think if you are in an environment where you have too many patients and the techs have too many patients, they may be pushing back because of the load. If that's the case, I'd move on to a better facility. If you must stay is such an environment, I'd try to let the techs know that you appreciate them. Say thanks at the end of a shift. I have started doing this to my teammates.
I think a lot of the troubles relative to attitudes are due to understaffing and inadequate pay.