I totally agree with NOADLS about giving notice effective at the time of occurrence if it happens againâ€. Nurses too frequently get the short end of the stick in numerous occasions. A physician wouldn't dare get jerked around like a nurse would. You didn't go to RN school to be utilized as a CNA regardless if you don't mind the work or even completed a CNA program in the past. To be pulled for a CNA assignment during orientation is unacceptable. To be pulled for a CNA assignment after orientation, once in a while is one thing. However, the thing about management/person doing the pulling is, if they can get away with it they will until somebody puts a stop to it. Facilities are aware of their staffing needs in advance. They have it in their budget to secure the staff they need from their per diem pool, asking current staff, or from agency. If there are nurses who don't mind, let them volunteer. The difference is those nurses are choosing to, you are being required to without a choice.
I never minded helping out my CNA's short staffed, or just needing a hand and I was the person closest to them. I loved my regular CNA's, and we worked well as a team.
I did mind getting pulled for a CNA assignment (usually for another floor), esp when I'd come in on my day off with the understanding that I'm filling a nursing hole. This of course happened in LTC. I did it about 3x's and then put my foot down, prepared to resign if necessary, and it stopped with me, and went on to the next nurse who didn't mind or was afraid of negative retaliation.