I work on large unit and I'm tired of the floor being understaffed. I could have 20 patients and have 4 different nurses ask me,"Can you get vitals? Can you clean this patient? Can you get this patient a meal tray?" This one nurse asked me could I feed a patient and I told her I was busy and she'd have to wait. She huffed and said,"Never mind! I'll do it myself!" Well, duh!
Then you have your lazy nursing assistants. This past weekend there were 3 of us. I had attended to all my complete care patients, changed bed linens, tidied up the rooms, and even fed a patient. One of the nursing assistants was pulled to sit and I had to take on her patients. This girl only had 2 complete care patients, it was 11 AM and they weren't even bathed. Most of her patient's had extremely dirty bed linens, the rooms were extremely cluttered. Do you think I took care of it? NOPE! If we both get paid to be nursing assistants and I can take care of all of my patients, then there's no accuse for that other nursing assistant not to have done anything!
Another thing that's funny is that when I first started as an NA, everyone only cared about bathes, vitals, accuchecks, and pulling linen. But when I started clearing away cluttered rooms, making beds, shaving, combing out matted hair, wiping bedside tables, and changing dressings, all of a sudden its a major PRIORITY now. Yet when I walk past the rooms covered by other NA's the rooms are filthy and patient's look like ragamuffins, laying in soiled briefs and sheets. I've noticed that when I work with some nurses, they have no problem asking me to do things. But when they work with other NA, especially the one's who have bad attitudes, they don't ask them to do anything.
I had a bad weekend and I just wanted to get that off my chest!