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sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

It's not below me as a nurse. Job descriptions usually state " other duties as assigned ".

You are so very wrong

It is not beneath a nurse to meet a patient, residents needs

Please review you nursing board NPA

You are so very wrong

It is not beneath a nurse to meet a patient, residents needs

Please review you nursing board NPA

I'm pretty sure you misread that post...it's the exact opposite of what you are responding to it as.

I personally don't have a problem with playing the CNA role while getting paid RN salary, but in my experience, I've had fellow nurses who then just dumped the whole assignment on me even though they're still the one who is technically caring for the patient in the RN role. "Hey can you give the meds?" or "can you do the admission?" - it gets hairy.

Lucydog14

Has 13 years experience.

Yeah that's what I said . It's not below me to work as a CNA.

You are so very wrong

It is not beneath a nurse to meet a patient, residents needs

Please review you nursing board NPA

This makes no sense as a response to your quoted post.

Orion81RN

Has 7 years experience.

I would do it and tell them I would do the best I can but may be slow. I've been out of working as a CNA for 6 years, and never was good at being quick to begin with.

That being said (hmm, I say that phrase a lot, lol,) if it were a thing that happened on a regular basis, I would look elsewhere for employment. ADLs are in no way beneath me. In fact I have been working private duty for a year now, so I do all the ADLs and enjoy it just fine. But if it were the ONLY thing I did, I would be quite bored

This is nothing new to me. When I was a nurse on med-surg, they assigned a nurse to a nurse aide role when nurse aide was short. Actually I liked it when I played the role of a nurse aide. No assessment or it's charting was necessary. No scheduled medication administration (unless I was asked to do by the assigned nurse). Doing nurse aide's tasks were not stressful at all.

I have always said "I ll park cars or dig a ditch as long as you pay me right". Basically if they want to underutilize you and pay you as a nurse then their loss. Naturally I wouldn't let it become a habit but I know in the ER when they allow one of us RNs to do a CNA shift but get paid as a nurse WE Jump on that!!