Published Feb 18, 2014
The unit I work on tends to rotate nurses to work as cnas when short staffed. It was my turn this morning and have to say I wasn't very happy. By the end of the day it wasn't bad at all and was the least stressful day I've had. How would y'all feel about this? Mad or could care less?
ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP
As long as you aren't get CNA pay, who cares? And there really is no such thing as CNA work as CNAs work under nurses' licenses.
Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN
An LTACH that I worked for sometimes had nurses do the 1:1's if they couldn't spare a CNA from the floor. Those were some of the easiest dollars I earned at that place!!
nursefrances, BSN, RN
That's different. It doesn't seem very cost effective for the company though. Where I used to work, occasionally a nurse would fill in as secretary and this seemed the same to me, not cost effective.
It's always nice to change things up a bit and less stress is always good.
Nurses routinely did this at some facilities where I worked in the past. For CNA work at licensed nurse pay, they would almost fight over who got the honors.
I guess bc of where I work majority of your patients are incontinent, Max assist, or total
Care and most nurses will refuse to work as an "aid" but I was lucky today and only had a few.
Natasha A., CNA, LVN
The rehab hospital I work at sometimes have a housekeeper or transporter do 1:1 's if short of staff. Not sure if they received CNA pay.
classicdame, MSN, EdD
I hate to see the CNA lose pay, but I have to agree it makes more sense to have the nurse on duty as a licensed person is more flexible. Also, if census picks up there is a nurse on hand to get the assignments
whichone'spink, BSN, RN
I've done it a few times and while it can be hard if there were a lot of total care patients on the floor, it was better than being wholly responsible for a load of 5 patients. Cleaning up poop is not the worst part of the job anymore.
RNsRWe, ASN, RN
And there really is no such thing as CNA work as CNAs work under nurses' licenses.
Not really sure what you mean by this....as long as I delegate work to a CNA that is within their capability/training to do, I am not responsible for anything "under my license". I can only be held accountable for delegating inappropriately....if they do something stupid and knew better, that's on them.
Question,as this is interesting.
Who is responsible if the nurse,acting as a cna, missed some signs of lets say a Dvt?
Will it be the nurse who passed out meds and did the "nurse stuff" or the nurse who acted as the cna that day?
Question,as this is interesting.Who is responsible if the nurse,acting as a cna, missed some signs of lets say a Dvt?Will it be the nurse who passed out meds and did the "nurse stuff" or the nurse who acted as the cna that day?
CNA work is "nurse stuff". Why shouldn't a LPN or RN be held to the standard of their licenses while doing CNA work? Especially if they're being paid nurse wages.
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