Had to work as CNA

  1. Hello everyone, i have been working in this LTC /rehab facility in MA as a staff nurse for 3 years now, my shifts are two 7pm to 7 am shifts and two 11-7 shifts, sometimes i have to work 4 hours on one floor and 8 hours on another floor, not a problem. Recently they asked me to switch my schedule to work only 11-7 shifts which i declined as this is not what i originally agreed to. Next thing i know i come to work and i am beeing told that we are short CNA's and i have to work 4 hours as a CNA and the rest of the shift as a nurse. What do you think about this?
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  3. by   Wuzzie
    I think they were short a CNA and needed the help for 4 hours.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    I was pulled from charge in PICU to be a safety sitter in the adult world. It falls under "other duties as assigned".

    Meh- just do it.
  5. by   AdobeRN
    When I worked in the hospital I was pulled a few times - sometimes it was easy money other times back breaking work - tech work, 1:1 sitter in pedi psych unit, "handwash patrol" in NICU during Flu season - the handwashing patrol was the best - lol.

    I would much rather be pulled to do other non nursing duties then to be put on call or just cancelled.
  6. by   Lucydog14
    It's not below me as a nurse. Job descriptions usually state " other duties as assigned ".
  7. by   Crush
    Quote from Wuzzie
    I think they were short a CNA and needed the help for 4 hours.
    Exactly. I have had to do that before in LTC. They were short a CNA and that was where you were needed.
  8. by   blondy2061h
    I've worked OT as an RN in the aid role before. I just took care of patients the same as always minus assessments and med passes and watched the clock tick thinking I was the highest paid aid in the building. When a patient asked me for paid meds or something I grinned ear to ear and said, "I'll let your nurse know."
  9. by   Flatline
    It was super common in tele at my hospital. They would staff heavy and have the extra nurses work as CNAs the first half of the shift knowing that a multitude of admissions would be coming in through the shift and then they would take the new admits. Worked pretty well IMHO.
  10. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Sol95
    Hello everyone, i have been working in this LTC /rehab facility in MA as a staff nurse for 3 years now, my shifts are two 7pm to 7 am shifts and two 11-7 shifts, sometimes i have to work 4 hours on one floor and 8 hours on another floor, not a problem. Recently they asked me to switch my schedule to work only 11-7 shifts which i declined as this is not what i originally agreed to. Next thing i know i come to work and i am beeing told that we are short CNA's and i have to work 4 hours as a CNA and the rest of the shift as a nurse. What do you think about this?
    This question comes up frequently. I've worked as "the CNA" occasionally ...usually when I have an orientee that's about to graduate and our CNAs are short staffed. In a way, it's like a day off. On the other hand, the work can be more physical and the routine is completely different than what I'm used to as a nurse. If I were regularly assigned to work as the CNA, I would probably have sought work elsewhere.
    My current job assigns me as a 1:1 sitter sometimes, and I dislike that more. It's easy work, but very boring.
  11. by   cardiacfreak
    I started as a CNA in 1990, if my unit was short a CNA and over staffed with nurses I always volunteered to be the CNA. Heck, it's easier to report a problem than to fix it.
    It really burns my butt when nurses feel they are too good to assist with ADLs.
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    As long as I was getting RN wages, I worked wherever they put me. Easy peasy. The only time I ever had an issue with it was when I gave notice at this one nursing home, and the administrator made me work as an aide during those last two weeks to punish me for quitting.
  13. by   Leader25
    Whoa, what is going on here,I would rather go home.Once they pop your cherry that way you will always be given that "option".Does the nurse manager get downgraded whenever they are short?Does the CEO get downgraded to housekeeping?If this is something you like to do ,go ahead, but you can not tell me there will not be future fallout that affects you and the nurses up and coming.
  14. by   Tacomaboy3
    4 hours doing CNA work while earning RN pay? Sign me up.

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