Quote from CherylRNBSN
This happens EVERY DAY. I work on a floor with LPN's who are not allowed to do IV pushes, hang blood, TPN, or start chemo.We each have 6 pts., but I must do those tasks. And the LPNs usu. leave work before I do, as a result.
My girls have some male teachers.
I doubt they would be comfortable inserting ear rings.
But, an LPN may not be able to *legally* do a certain task, and that is fine. The LPN is not simply pushing it off on you to avoid it (hopefully). This is a weird comparison, IMO. I would never expect a teacher to give out my meds. And I would never expect to teach math to a classroom of students (although they'd probably let me if I asked- ha!) It is not illegal for a teacher to insert an earring or untie a knotted shoelace or tape broken eyeglasses together. They just choose not to, because it isn't their "job". And nobody questions it.
And as I sit, getting the knots out of a shoelace, I watch the teachers all file down to the faculty room for lunch. Which I know I will certainly not be able to do, unless I am willing to deal with a million interruptions.IMO, this is in the same vein as your LPNs leaving on time, and you having to stay later.
Both male and female teachers refuse to deal with earrings. Teachers refuse to do a lot of non-education related things. They can do this, and don't experience any backlash. We, however, are the "angels of mercy" and are expected to do anything and everything to make others happy. Even non-nursing things, even if it means no bathroom breaks or lunch breaks for us.
Everyone needs to be flexible at work, clearly. I know I am like Gumby sometimes, I am so flexible! It would just be nice to see some reciprocation. I have been told numerous times at work, "Nobody here can do the things that you do as a nurse." I totally understand that. It's a big responsibility, and I have to take care of the whole school. A teacher has one classroom of students they are responsible for. I just wish that sometimes, they would take the initiative to solve some of these little problems themselves, before automatically saying, "Go to the nurse."
Sorry, another rough week at work.
PS: I, too, have helped little ones with homework while they wait to be picked up. Imagine I sent the child back to the classroom, instead, to ask the teacher that math question?? I'd look like an ogre! No, I am not a "teacher" but I do use common sense. That's all I ask of my coworkers: Common sense.