Quote from RNperdiem
Helping cover for an aide who is having a difficult day is fine, but if it becomes frequent, the care of your patients will suffer,and you will be blamed.
As the poster above mentioned, there's nothing wrong with helping out another aide who is busy or having a bad day. I did it all the time as a CNA and still do now as an LPN. And I also expect that my coworkers will do the same for me. To me, that's what teamwork is all about.
However, in getting back to the OP issue, not only are you helping out the nurses, but you're also inadvertantly
helping out the "disappearing" aide. Here's why: Everytime you jump in to assist a nurse whose aide has gone MIA, you also unintentionally
help that aide to get away with her actions because she sees you're willing to pick up her slack & do the work for her. Thus, you've not only covered her a** and enabled her to continue on "disappearing", but you've also put yourself right in the middle of the issue.
I know you mean well and want to be viewed as a helpful & generous person, which I don't doubt you are. I can relate to that and have probably done the same thing. But there's a difference between helping and doing, as well as asking for/needing help and taking advantage of someone's offer to help. From the sound of your post, this other aide is walking all over you.....and you're doing nothing to stop her. And everyone, except you, sees this(that could be part of the reason why the nurses are getting so frustrated). So get a backbone, become assertive, and open your eyes & realize that nothing will change &/or be corrected regarding the other aides behavior until you speak-up and do something about it. Otherwise, you have no one else to blame when she continues on walking & disappearing, walking & disappearing, walking & disappearing.