Okay, this is a very common problem where I work,
I myself worked as a CNA for ten years before going on to LPN and later RN school. I have never seen such disrespect between nurses and aides anywhere I have ever worked prior. There are some nurses who expect the CNA to do the job they are assigned to do and anything else that particular nurse doesn't want to do. I have been there I have seen it and its plain ridiculous that a nurse will chase a CNA down halfway across the unit to have them help a patient put on a gown, something that nurse could have done herself. These nurses give all nurses bad names because then we get the lecture at our staff meetings that nurses are being mean to the CNAs. BUT, that is not always the case for instance, I don't mind helping a patient use the commode or cleaning up an incontient patient, I don't mind or feel that it is below me to help a patient put on a clean gown or give a bath, that is basic nursing. And [B]When I have time, I do these tasks to help out. However nowadays the CNA's (where I work) have attitudes and when you ask them to do something they are insubordinate, state you are not their "boss" tell you flat out "no, why can't you do it yourself?" :angryfire Our CNA's are not patient focused and on more than one occasion I have heard that. Then I even had one aide/RN student pull me aside and tell me "I don't want to do anything you ask me to because I don't respect you, you are not my superior only the charge nurse is over me" :angryfire I politely told her that she should respect her job and the fact that these patients are our primary concern and whether or not she likes me she should do what she is being paid for.
I don't know what has gotten into the work ethic anymore but it is bad, and the sad part is the patient is the one who ultimately pays for it. Personally I can't wait until that particular cna is a nurse working on the floor and finds out that nurses really do have more to do than sit around and write.
Maybe she will respect me then?