Thank you for reading my post
I seriously cannot stop thinking about this and I need to vent, my husband is not in healthcare and he's the only one I've talked to but I feel that he doesn't realize how upsetting this is for me.
Today I worked a 12 hr shift as a CNA and tomorrow I'm back for another one. We have a new guy orienting on our floor and tomorrow the director decided to assign him to orient with a CNA who has been working there for 3 weeks! I have been working there for a year and 1 month, PRN but I've been working 3 shifts a week since April 'cause I am done with class. I feel pretty bad about this, I consider myself a good CNA, I'm always there for my nurses, unlike other CNAs, I try to never say no, I always get my vitals done on time, I round hourly, I just don't know why I'm being dissed like this. This person has been our director since March and I feel like she doesn't even know me. She knows the new CNA who she assigned to be a preceptor because she hired her.
How can I approach my director and address this? It is something I'm taking personally and I want to know what it is that I am doing wrong for her to decide to pick a preceptor who is pretty new herself over me who has 1 year of experience. I've never called in, never been late, not a single write up, and no complaints from anybody (that I am aware of).
The only thing I can think of that might have placed me on a negative light with her is that I told her I would be leaving when I pass the NCLEX to another hospital system to work as a nurse. She has been telling me to stay every chance she gets and I always tell her I will think about it. But at this point this situation makes me want to run far away from this place. I never promised anyone I would work there as a nurse upon graduation so if anything, she should appreciate my honesty since I am giving her 2 months notice.
May 8, '13
I'm sorry you're feeling this way but I really don't think it has anything to do with you in particular. If you are not a regular staff member, you usually cannot train other staff who will be regular. At least this is how it is at my workplace.
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May 9, '13
I have worked on a contingent basis for most of my nursing career so that I can arrange my schedule around my family, and even though I have often picked up several shifts a week, I have never been allowed to orient anyone because of my contingent status. It isn't about me, because I get great performance reviews from supervisors and patients even mention me in a positive light on their post-admission surveys sometimes, it's just a hospital policy that contingent employees cannot orient new employees. Like the PP said, that is probably all it's about with your situation too, especially if your supervisor is begging you to stay with them, since that indicates that you are a good worker. She wouldn't want to keep you so badly if you were lazy or imcompetent.
Don't sweat it, especially since you are leaving in a few months. Actually, I always liked that I didn't have to orient new employees. The nurses that do it tend to complain about it, how it adds extra work, wastes time, etc., so I figure that I'm busy enough and I'm glad I don't have to take on that extra responsibility!
Last edit by westieluv on May 9, '13
May 11, '13
Both of the PP are correct. Also, perhaps the CNA who has only been there for 3 weeks has previous CNA experience? That makes a big difference because it could be that they are good at the CNA work and it took less than 3 weeks to learn the policy and procedure at the new place and the orientee is new to everything--CNA work and the facility.
May 12, '13
A new staff needs a full time staff to orientate them to the unit. There's nothing more annoying than being bounced from preceptor to preceptor.
If you are leaving why do you care?
Sep 19, '13
My boss made us watch a video on empathy. It showed all of these people with their different baggage, encouraging us to give better care and be more compasionate. When I didn't tear up, he suggested that I may be burnt out. I explained to him that I have to compartmentalize this stuff or i will bring it home with me. I also work with the most compasionate people ever, who give top notch care. I have decided to make my own video, for the patients and administration to see. This going to show the nurses I work with, and the baggage we are carrying around with us, putting it on the back burner so we can give the quiality of care our pt's recieve. We are not unfeeling robots! We have our own family dramas, traumas, and illnesses, but we choose to care for others. Does that not count for something?
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