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seems like everyone is overlooking the most important step...HR.

especially now your boss got involved, and you have witnesses that can vouch for you when this cna decided to try to go over your head and escalate the issue, its your turn. go to HR, explain all of this, and get your boss included. that way, if she starts gunning for you again and making false accusations or tries to get you in trouble, you've already started a paper trail that HR can look at as a series of aggressive behavior directed towards you. And i would also urge your coworkers to do the same.

this isn't about putting anyone in their place. if she continues this, i promise something will happen where she will seize an opportunity that can get you fired or worse.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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I do try to avoid her as much as I can. She works under me so there are times that we have to speak about the patients. She will not talk to me if the other nurse is there because of the trouble she has caused with that nurse. I usually have the other nurse go with me when she states an incident has happened because she will exaggerate things and I always want a witness so she couldn't say I didn't take something seriously. I always treat everything she reports seriously and follow the facilities protocol to make sure that nothing ever comes back that I ignored anything. We work night shift so no supervisor is there. Just 4 LPN's and about 6 CNAs.

After the other nurse and CNA stated that what we were talking about/laughing about had nothing to do with the incident or the patent (or any other incident or patient), that's when the supervisor said that she believed it was a false accusation. I mean I have two witnesses who were apart of the conversation that said we were discussing weekend plans.

The supervisor basically said that she knew this CNA had been causing problems with the staff but since no one has written her up she doesn't have a paper trail to be able to do anything to her/fire her. This is the first time she has ever done anything like this to me so I have never had a reason to write her up. The supervisor is known to hearing things happen and not doing anything because she wants other people to be the bad guy.

Basically if she tries to press this that I laughed at a patient getting hurt and tries to change her story to that no one was there, I didn't know what would happen. This happened yesterday morning and I haven't heard anything else about it but I did not work last night.

"She will not talk to me if the other nurse is there ." She does not have that option.. the CNA has to communicate with the nurse.

"but since no one has written her up she doesn't have a paper trail" The supervisor has told you what they need to start the disciplinary process.

Write her up, and keep writing her up until the troublemaker is removed.

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Start finding reasons to write her up then. She sounds like nothing but trouble. The sooner she's gone the better.

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caffeinatednurse has 3 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse (RN).

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Your boss seems to have a good understanding of what is going on with her. I would trust that she is handling the situation to the best of her abilities.

I would avoid that particular CNA from here on out, and possibly have another coworker stand by when you do have to interact with her.

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Glycerine82 has 3 years experience as a LPN and works as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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On 10/11/2018 at 9:54 AM, LPN shots said:

The supervisor basically said that she knew this CNA had been causing problems with the staff but since no one has written her up she doesn't have a paper trail to be able to do anything to her/fire her

bingo!  Write her up and have the other nurse do so, also. 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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I know it doesn't feel good, but take heart in knowing that this CNA does this where ever she goes. This is not new behavior. You are unfortunately saddled with a sick individual as a coworker. Beyond pleasantries, I would no longer engage in any conversation that is not directly witnessed by another. If she asks to have a private conversation with you, instruct her that all conversations must be in groups of three. 

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