Quote from Jstimmm
That is CNA work and it doesn't take much training (2 weeks for me) or skill. STNA pay is substantially lower than RN pay. For someone taking all of the steps and time to go to school and dedicating them self's, aggravation is to be expected when you are stuck doing CNA/STNA work.
It's fine that you believe that pericares, hygiene, and feeding are all CNA tasks... But what does the N in CNA stand for?
I, too, am paying the big bucks for nursing school and that includes basic nursing skills which some of my classmates have not had to learn prior to school through CNA certification or through employment as a UAP. Sure, I'd rather be doing something else, but client care is client care, and doing these menial tasks often helps me to build a better rapport with the clients themselves, and also earns me respect from the nursing staff. I'd rather lend a hand and have the nurses who I am shadowing tell my clinical supervisor and the charge nurse that I was helpful and showing initiative rather than sitting on my butt. Don't believe me? We've had students who were asked not to return because they felt menial CNA tasks were beneath them.
Another point to consider is that students who enter nursing school as program transfers or from different areas of direct patient care (such as mental health), doing these menial tasks may be their first introduction to basic nursing skills, and these menial tasks are designed to build confidence and get people over their hangups on dealing with bodies of all shapes and sizes. You may be experienced with menial client care tasks and totally cool with naked bodies, but it doesn't mean that all of your classmates are.
Finally, I still stand by my statement that, as a leader, I would not ask my subordinates to do something that I haven't done or wouldn't do myself.