I want the shift supervisor to call me up every hour and ask if I would "Please record the VS from my patients is it wouldn't be too much trouble". Maybe pharmacy can call me whenever a med is due and tell me "how much they appriciate it if I would pass the ordered meds on my patients".
I am so tired of being told I have to be all sugar and spice to the non-licenced support staff because apparently they are doing me a great favor by doing any work at all, and I should be thankful they don't write me up for disrupting thier day with all that noisy patient care I'm doing. I'm not saying I want to be nasty and rude to the NAs and techs I work with, I'm just tired of the attitude that I should be grateful for any scap of work they manage to put out. It seems they are the worker of last resort- if all the nurses are frantic, and no one has had a break but the NA, and somone may die if something isn't done- then maybe, if I ask real nice, they will get up and help out for a few minutes- but the want an extra break, and to clock out earily without loss of pay, and they don't have to do any of thier regular assigned duties because they answered one call light, or helped keep an eye on a confused patient for 10 minutes until I could get back to the bedside. When I was a NA I worked my hiney off because I recognized I wasn't in charge. I was there to "assist" the "nurse" like the title says. I worked with a good group of nurses who didn't dump on me if they could help it, but it they were watching the Tele monitors and chatting about thier weekend, they were using thier training to monitor and assess the patients. If I was sitting at the desk and chatting about my weekend, I was wasting time. I didn't have the education and licence to sit at the desk and plan my patients needs for the next few hours.
I don't think you did or said anything wrong, and I ran the world, you could fire the NA for being "insubordinate" and "disrespectful". These are the words I keep hearing thrown at nursng staff when they try to make a suggestion to better meet the needs of the patients.