Background: some of you may remember me from other posts. I am a new nurse, graduated June of 06, am working as a M/S RN.
I worked as a nurse aide during nursing school, and know how hard that job is. I was just thinking the other day how hard the aides work where I work now. They are great! I even thought of doing something nice for them to show my appreciation. I had thought about getting each one a gift card
to Bath & BodyWorks to show my appreciation.
Then, this week, I heard that these same aides are talking (or complaining) about the nurses. Saying that we don't help answer lights, that we don't assist them, or whatever.
To defend myself, I do help whenever I can. I will set my patients up for their baths, or I will boost them up in bed, or help them to the bathroom, whatever. If I am already in the room, and my patients need something, I do it. If I am walking down the hall and my patients' lights ring and I am not on my way to pass meds, or whatever, I will stop and answer the light. If I need help, I will ask an aide or another nurse, really whomever is close by.
BUT, if I am waiting for an important call back from a doc, or getting meds, or looking up labs or vitals in order to get my meds (to make sure I should give the meds), I don't stop everything to answer the call lights. IF the lights are continuously going off, then I will try and stop what I am doing and answer the light.
Being a nurse aide previously, I vowed I would assist the aides when I became a nurse. HOWEVER, I never really fully understood all the work nurses do in a day. All the paperwork, charting, assessments, meds, research, calling docs, monitoring effects of meds, etc. etc. etc.
I am not one to want controversy, I do not like it when someone is mad at me, or thinks badly about me. But, I don't like for anyone to think we don't help out.
There are a few nurses where I work that don't help out as much, they look for an aide to change the linens or whatever instead of doing it themselves. I try to do whatever I can for my patients, and no job is beneath me.
It bothered me that they think this. But to also defend nurses, we are just as busy and have alot more responsiblility for the patients too.
Just wanted to get that out there.
Does anyone else have this where they work?
Jan 15, '07
Maybe you should tell the CNA who is attempting to delegate to you that you are not in management and you were not the one who decided to add the additional tasks to her job duties. Next, maybe you should recommend that this CNA band together with her fellow CNA's and speak to management if she feels the work load needs to be more evenly distributed.
I have a feeling that the CNA will suddenly decide that she is fine with her duties as assigned and that will be the last of that discussion.
Last edit by Lovely_RN on Jan 15, '07