Okay so I am almost and old new grad.. been working for about 6 months now. I am having a hard time asserting myself to the PCT's/NCP's on the unit. Most of them are older in their 50's and sometimes I feel that I am being taken advantage of because I am a new nurse. I know that they are busy. I know that they are stretched to their limit. I don't ask for help unless I know I need more than one person to lift, reposition, or give a bath. Whenever I ask, I always get the I am too busy attitude/tone, I can't do it right now and sometimes they are outright sitting at the nurses station telling me that they can't.
I absolutely don't call them almost for the entire day... when I do, I get this attitude, I've done vitals for them on my patients, glucose checks, entered their vital signs, been more than accomodating. But it's become a regular thing. So what I'm asking is what have you found that helps? i.e what to say?
I need advice!
I would gently(the first time), remind them that we all have a part to play on the Nursing Team. I too only call them when I am desperate, as a male, I try to assist everyone with lifting and up to BSC (even other RNs/LPNs patients). Often, this effects my time management, and nothing is done in return for my patients.
So, I have a very small stomach for being ignored, or turned down for assistance. It's not like I ask them if they are running 90mph to keep up, they are generally nested somewhere when I ask. I love the ones that play hide and go seek too at the same time the Code Brown of the Week occurs.
I know there are the CNAs, PCTs, Aides, and Orderlies that I would say are invaluable to our team, but that's not the ones we are discussing here. I don't have to "prove" anything to any staff member because they have been here half a century. And, being here half a century does not entitle you to act like a complete care patient as I have seen in numerous facilities. If the assitant gives me a tude' after all I do to "Not" call them for help, they get a special reward, they get to go home early.
We are all here for the same reason, and I am not interested in making someone elses paycheck for them. If they don't like their plight in life, there's other jobs, education, or the "door."
Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Mar 27, '12
: Reason: error in reasoning, lol