I would LOVE to work with you. I am a meticulous documenter -- as I've been accused of neglect several times. . . but I'm not neglecting my patients, as a matter of fact, I run myself ragged, stay on my lunch break, and stay after my shift to make sure my patients are taken care of. . . when I check or change a resident, bathe one, ANYTHING, I write down the time, and room/bed number. . . I was written up. . . for being meticulous about documentation -- apparently taking 5 seconds to write change 113B is too much wasted time.
I think I've probably worked with one nurse who respected nursing assistants. I've worked with several nurses, RN and LPN, and we're often accused of being lazy, lacking knowledge, and. . . just there for the money. Let me tell you, if I wanted to be lazy, I'd most definantly have chosed a different field. If I wanted to be stupid, I would have chosen another field -- as a direct care provider, I see the patient more than anybody -- if there's a status change, or new concerns, chances are I'll be the first to notice. . . and while I don't have the training to completely diagnose or treat patients, I'm somewhat well trained, at least, I think I am, to recognize basic issues that could lead to, or indicate other serious concerns (dehydration, non-elimination, lethargia. .) I thank you for respecting your nursing assistants, and wish that more nurses were like you -- I'm hoping that the nurses I have worked with are just a 'few bad apples. . .'
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I saw a post in another thread from a CA RN. The hospitals are complying with the ratios, but they have let all the CNAs go. So, you are now an RN with 6 patients and no aide. Better? I don't think so! By the way, I have NEVER heard an RN even hint that a conscientious CNA is a "scum of the nursing field". I for one always let the CNAs know how much I appreciate them, and truly try to work as a team.