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  1. Joanne15

    Difficult lazy coworkers

    I understand how frustrating that may be. Unfortunately that type of behavior may not change unless you speak up. I would have said something like “Yes I’m about to help so-and-so start an IV in room ##, do you mind getting that for me please?” I try and always use kindness while being assertive. I hope this helps.
  2. I am currently a CNA and I graduate in December. I work on an Intermediate Cardiac Unit as an intern and I was planning on working in this same unit as an RN. Some months ago, we had to sign up for meetings (on a schedule sheet) on the manager’s office door. I added my name and a time. When I showed up she looked surprised to see me and said “thank you for coming, you didn’t have to come. I hope you didn’t have to drive far”. I told her it wasn’t a problem at all and I lived close. I kind of was a little weirded out on why she said that. I wanted to talk to her about my upcoming graduation and how I was interested in staying on the unit. Well, my meeting with my manager was sort of a sweet slap in the face. She asked me about my previous clinicals and immediately told me she was full on the floor and she would help me find other units to work on. I didn’t even get a chance to express my interest. I was kind of thrown off about her rapid response because, at the time, that was around 10 months before I graduate. I was kind of discouraged that she didn’t even offer me a position. I spoke with other nurses on the unit about the night shift’s ratios and they told me that they were needing nurses and were not full on the unit at night. Just recently a classmate that also works on that floor was offered a position in the unit and she accepted it. I honestly was heartbroken about it because I really enjoyed this floor and I really wanted to work in the unit. I’m not really mad because my manager was real nice about it and helped me to get hired at another unit (not any of my top choices but I’m happy I got a job now). I guess I just want to know, what are the main reasons for managers to politely turn you down? I felt like I got along with everyone and tried my best to do great work and patient satisfaction. I will add that this was my first EVER CNA job. At first learning all of the ropes was really challenging and my manager did call me back in office for constructive criticism (during my second week in the job). Also, when we have peer reviews I ALWAYS get top scores from my CNA peers and great comments about teamwork and patient satisfaction. I even got a daisy award nomination. I feel like it may be my lack of experience. Any other people gone through this before? How do you maximize your chances on being a good candidate to your manager?
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    Advise for travel nursing ?

    i am currently a nursing student and I graduate in December. Yesterday I accepted a position at my hospital for an intermediate, short stay unit. There we will see a ton of different patients and overflow from ED. They usually stay up to around 3 days. I start in February 2020. I know travel nursing usually takes 2 years experience. I plan on doing 2 years on the short stay unit then try and do travel. I know it’s not a specialty, but is there any advise on how I can use this unit to transition into travel nursing ?? I am also single with no kids so I kind of want to take the opportunity now to travel around and get new experiences at different hospitals.
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    Do CNAd get Daisy’s Award Pins?

    I was so excited to see that I got a Daisy’s award from one of my patients ! I got the card and it said “Thank You !” From my manager. I did not receive the pin but I was happy that the patient wrote one for me. Another nurse (RN) on the u it got a daisy award and a letter AND a pin with a daisy on it. I’m happy for her as she is an AMAZING nurse. I just was curious why I (CNA) didn’t get a pin or a letter. Just curious.
  5. I am a CNA and I really do enjoy communicating with my patients but sometimes I find myself sitting in their room for long amounts of time listening to their stories. It’s fun at the beginning, but as time goes on I’m listening less and less and thinking about all of the other things I need to get done. Eventually I catch myself just smiling and nodding without listening to a single word they are saying anymore. I honestly have a hard time cutting a patient off mid story and explaining that I really want to get back to what I was doing. What are some good “end-the-conversation” phrases that I can start using without sounding rude for cutting them off??
  6. I’m a CNA for about a year now. I really do love my job and I have fun talking to and taking care of my patients. I have not been having a good week. So far I had a patient fall from syncope while ambulatory her to the bathroom. I felt so bad about it. I really kept blaming myself for letting it happen. Afterwards I feel like the RNs were kind of talking about me and mad at me. I spoke with the RN for that patient and she told me it wasn’t m fault and to not beat myself up about it. Also, at the end of the day today, I was giving hand off report to the night CNA and a patient called. I picked up the call through the wall system, immediately hung up and continued report. Trust me, I know that sounds bad and lazy. I just didn’t want the light to keep going off because we were all doing shift change and I was going to walk pass that room before I left. The charge nurse saw it and called me out on it and gave me the a very DISGUSTED look and explained to me that I still need to answer. I explained to her that I was going to right after my last patient report but she was not moved. I really do feel bad and like a bad person. Truly. I don’t want my co-workers or patient’s to not be pleased with how I handle things or take care of them. I follow the charge nurse on Facebook. Should I apologize through Facebook or wait until we work together again?