First off, let me start by saying, I am blessed with a group of *mostly* very good CNA's. We are a team, and when I am on I am respected as a team leader, and the respect is returned to the hard working CNA's. I normally do not have this issue.
This situation began when I was working night shift. It was a little after 0500, and I was preparing to do my 0600 med pass. A CNA (who was due to work at 0600) called in sick. Our policy is that call in's are 2 hours in advance. I understand that not everyone wakes up 2 hours before their shift starts, and sometimes you wake up sick. I was not going to tell her she could not call in, but I did state, "It's 0500, it will be hard to find a replacement at this time, but I'll try." She went on ranting and raving. "I don't care what time it is. I woke up sick, and I'm not comming in sick!" Among other ramblings. I again explained that I understood, and I would try to find someone. Although she was raising her voice at me, I did not raise my voice at her. I was going to let the situation go, but she called back 5 minutes later, and cussed me out with, "You're so (beep)ing rude!!! what's with this 0500 (Beep)!!! I can't believe how (beep)ing rude you are!!! I'm reporting you to the DON! What part of I'm sick don't you (beep)ing understand!!! I never (beep)ing call in sick" She was practically screaming in my ear. . . and as you guessed the main (beep) is the four letter wourd that rhymes with truck, and this IS a person who frequently calls in.
The first conversation would not have bothered me, but the fact that she felt that it was okay to speak to me in the manner that she did was very wrong. I did write it up, and it went to the DON.
The next day, she appologized to me in a "Let's get this over with." Manner, and obviously expected me to appologize to her. All I said back to her at that time was, "I am sorry I made you upset, but you cannot speak to me the way you did."
Then she went on and on about how she didn't need a lecture, how she never has had this problem with any other nurse, and how I was in the wrong by stating that, "It's 0500."
Sorry, but I don't feel that I was in the wrong here. The only mistake I made at that point (just trying to be an honest person) I let her know that I wrote the situation up.
She then informed me, "Oh well, it will just go into the trash anyway."
At that point I walked away from the situation. It was on my friday. After a couple of days off I return to work, several people had come to me saying that the said CNA was going around saying that, "Oh the DON ripped it up, and it went in the trash. She understands that I'm not taking orders from a 24 year old."
I was pretty hot when I was hearing this. A) 24 or not, I am still the nurse. B)I don't give orders . . .I ask, not tell. C) None of the other CNA's seem to have a problem with me. I have even been told by several CNA's that I am very easy to work with.
I soon found out that what was being said was not true. She is simply trying to make herself look good, and convince other CNA's that it is okay to speak to me like that. Well!!! It isn't working.
My solution to the issue right now is to not let her drag me down to her level. I really don't speak to her right now unless my job requires, but I still feel horribly tense, and I really want to put her in her place (which I know is not the best of all ideas right now).
We share a few common friends, and I'm thinking she's going to try to stir the pot for me, and in a way she already has.
I just want to know if anyone else has delt with a CNA like this.
Any insight is appriciated.