Our aides are GODSENDS. They do vital signs and can do one of the two fundal checks done each shift, I&O, remove foleys and NS locks, room patients, do albustix and put them on the monitors. They answer lights and relay needs for pain meds, etc if I am tied up with a labor patient. They run labs, answer the phones, strip, clean and make up units when housekeeping is not there - including the OR. They set up and tear down delivery tables, label and put away placentas and cord blood - and then clean the placenta fridge (yuck).
They stock our labor rooms with everything from linens to all the equipment and IV fluids. They weigh and bathe our babies on the noc shift, run babies to and from the nursery, take baby pictures for us. They empty garbages, scrounge food for our hungry dad's in the middle of the night, empty linens, MAKE COFFEE, and are constantly picking up around the department so it doesn't look like a hurricane when through.
Our aides keep us in line. They remember to do our 4am vitals on our surgicals when we are tied up with labor patients or a delivery. They remember to do our charges for us. They remind me that I need to pass an unusual med at unusual time - esp if I am again tied up somewhere else.
I LOVE OUR AIDES - and many, many of our RNs started out as CNAs in our unit.