What kind of groups do "techs" run on your units? I work evening shift on a C&A unit. Over the years are programming has become more lax and the evenings have a lot of free time. Seasoned staff and administration want the kids to have more structure. I was a tech for 4 yrs on the unit before graduating nursing school and now being the charge nurse on evenings. I used to run "therapeutic" groups with the kids all the time (and still do when i have free time) e.g psychoeducation, education on coping skills, anger management, goal-setting, etc. One of our newer "techs" ( we call them behavioral health specialists) stated that she "doesn't get paid enough" to do therapeutic groups and that we simply need therapists on evening shift. Their job description does state that they are to lead groups. The only groups they're currently responsible for on evenings are goals groups where they review goals and coping skills. This lasts approx 10 mins. Am I expecting too much to want them to lead groups again? It seems like the motivation and work ethic of staff has decreased significantly with turn over.
I'm head of our unit council on the unit and my boss has given me a lot of decision making and leadership roles on the unit. I don't want to run to her whining about staff, but how can I make people do their job (Other than wanting to slack off and talk/flirt all night)? Or am I asking too much?