Quote from nursie2k7
hi i am a new lpn in dialysis (inpatient at a hopsital) and our techs are pretty great but they can get their attitudes and treat the rn's and lpn's bad some days....coming for a floor where i had to do rotating shifts deal with constant codes and have 9 patients i was very surprised when my manager said that she can't keep nurses i mean who wouldn't want to work straight days every other saturday and no major holidays without taking a pay cut......well after a month of working with a few techs with attitudes i understood....we have some great techs but we also have some lazy ones and the whole thing is as a nurse we can work every body system while their license just keeps them in dialysis (so i think)...well i told my manager that the techs treat the new nurses bad and they probably just transfer to a different unit...and in an hospital setting only nurses can do the assessments pass the meds and deal with complications so some days you can be working your tail off and they will just sit there and talk on the phone or browse the internet and you look and there is still a ton of labs that need to be done things that are within their scope and if you ask them to do it it's like now you have an attitude... but my kids love seeing me and i don't miss working the floor so if they are trying to run me off eventually they will get tired of it......
enough said for
a first post:spin:
welcome to this board, and welcome to dialysis! i work in an inpatient unit as well; however, we have no techs (they used to have one who was laid off when they had to cut costs years ago; apparently, she was good and had a great attitude and everyone hated to see her go). most of us are rns; one reason for that is, lpns can only take pd call, and call is of course a fact of life in acutes.
i have to admit that one of the reasons i was attracted to acutes is the absence
of techs; i had quite enough of the battles and bad attitudes in the clinic. yes, there are some wonderful techs, no question about it; however, there are also some very difficult ones - passive-aggressive, undermining the nurses - and the blurred roles in outpatient dialysis seems to encourage this kind of behavior and attitude (obviously, being able to give some meds and do other things unheard of in acute care makes some techs believe that they do exactly
the same as the nurses, but are paid less). btw, techs do not have a license - and they don't really work under yours (the employer is responsible that they are competent and properly trained, and in some states also certified. your license is only at risk if you delegate tasks to them that they are not qualified or allowed to do.)
what is your manager's attitude about the lazy/insubordinate techs' behavior? how do the other nurses handle this?
i wish you well, inpatient/acutes is (imo) the best area of dialysis. hang in there, and don't let anyone run you off.