About a week ago, a patient NEARLY fell after the aide who was supposed to watch them walked off the unit without letting me or the other nurse know. I only realized they were about to fall when I was standing at the nurse's station and saw them half-way out their chair wheeling theirself to us. I was angry. This aide had been giving me a lot of trouble. Not answering call bells on the high-side, not listening to me when answering the bells. Being generally rude, rolling eyes, scoffing, ignoring me whenever possible. My supervisor was aware, I gave verbal warnings with my sup for the aide to realize they needed to stop.
After they walked off the floor I decided it was finally time to write them up. They walked off the floor.
Technically it isn't "my patient", but I am the charge nurse for 40 patients. So if the patient fell I would have to do assessment and the documentation surrounding that ( which is a whole lot).
So they got written up with the support from my main, full-time supervisor and the unit manager backing me.
The other nurse refused to write a statement and so did the other aide. They told me later it was " none of my business to write that aide up"; and " this isn't my patient, so it's not my problem."
I was appalled and shocked. In the past, the aide who I wrote up was always so talked about poorly, by another entire unit and of other nurses. But I wrote them up because I was disgusted by the negligence that the aide portrayed. The other workers covered her, saying I was making it up and the other nurse refused to write a statement supporting my statement. Same with the other aide, who, ALWAYS complains about the aide who neglected the patient. Telling me, " Stay in my own business, and just let that man fall."
I'm venting and angry because now I feel like I am being mobbed by that aide's "clique". I don't like being accused of being a ***-stirrer but it comes with the territory of being only here for 7 months--but I *CARE* about my patient. I do... and for this to be said to me after all of this stress... no support... just me being accused of "jumping the gun"... is... angering and insulting.