If the facility has no policy in place or other nurses do not also do the same (asking the cna's to let us know when they need to smoke, or leave the unit or floor) then I am the only one stuck in a bad position, alot of resentment because I would then be the only nurse actually asking the shift I work to really work. I don't mind down time even, its not even my beef here, its the attitude when I do ask of something, anything that is....not that I mind down time, its the fact that I can't even be a nurse to my patients without attitude of why I do things I do....I have expectations as to when dinner is over, say 6 p and 10:30 or so the dining room still has not been cleaned, come on, is this too much to ask? Leaving things to be done at the last minute could cause it to not get done period especially if there were an emergency situation....then how would it get done? My point!!!! Get your work done then if you have downtime, go with it...thats all I am screaming at!!!! And I am actually fighting this entire process where I work....no one wants to be the bad guy on my shift, so here I am, the only nurse on this shift and when I work, its a problem, I expect work to actually get done!!!!
I know people looking for work, maybe we should post a sign hiring aides for my shift....give them something to think about!