Please help me with this ;)

Please help me with this ;)

Lynn
Lynn

April 23rd, 2006, 2:54 am #1

I have a question..and since this forum involves CNA's from various places of employment in various cities and states, I would really appreciate your honest opinions and feedback.
Where you work, does management treat you with respect or do the majority ( I realize this can be a solely individual thing), or do you feel * beneath them*, that they don't treat you as a team member. I'm pretty much talking about as a whole, in general. I'd appreciate if you could comment either on here or you can e-mail me at Rhia2@aol.com. Thanks for your help!!
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April 23rd, 2006, 12:50 pm #2

I have kind of a 'mixed' response.

I worked in a hospital --- very busy med/surg oncology unit. 'Outwardly', there was definite respect for the CNA's. There were close to a couple of dozen different types of tasks that we did in a given day, and the nurses counted on them getting done. Nurses generally were asking for things, but politely rather than 'barking orders'. Things would get a bit 'warm' on crazy days (a lot of people getting short), but that wasn't personal. Just a lot of people under pressure for some period of time.

Now, the 'mixed' response is that I found out after a while, that 'inwardly', there was a great deal of dislike for a number of CNA's. Basically, the nurses would think very badly of these CNA's (as well they should have), but still treated them respectfully and politely. With the volume of work there was, is was in the nurses's best interests.

The issue was that we had, as many institutions seem to have, a large 'tolerance' for CNA's that failed to call in, were always late, or always seemed to be unable to work weekends and holidays. That is, management would talk to the CNA's, but no action. On the job, those CNA's could not be found for periods of time. In a word, the CNA's were not reliable. I know that in nurse meetings, there was a lot of acrimonious discussion about the techs (some techs).

So, that is what I mean by 'mixed'. I know the nurses would have liked to have replaced a good 50% of the CNA's if they could. But again, while on the job, this was not apparent.
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Simone
Simone

April 24th, 2006, 1:41 am #3

This has been discussed before and is a hot topic with me.
I agree with Rance.
When CNAs act/look/sound unprofessional they are asking to be treated with no respect, nor do they deserve it.
Because of those CNAs, good CNAs have the bad rep. to over come and it can get frustrating.
I've worked in an assisted living and a nursing home and currently at a hospital, by far the hospital is the best. At the hospital, my opinion is asked AND listened to AND even acted upon, CNAs are encouraged to participate in different teams/committees. When MDs are rounding on their patient, more than a few are known to ask the CNA about activity, eating, etc(also the RN, of course). Some MDs will ask certain CNAs to assist with minor procedures at the bedside (within our SOP)they know we like to learn and are willing to show us. Every place is different, I know CNAs that work in NHs and they love it and I know others in different hospitals, they say it is not much better that NH. It is all in the facility you work at, RNs you work with and your own PROFESSIONALISM.
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Catherine
Catherine

April 24th, 2006, 4:33 pm #4

I have a question..and since this forum involves CNA's from various places of employment in various cities and states, I would really appreciate your honest opinions and feedback.
Where you work, does management treat you with respect or do the majority ( I realize this can be a solely individual thing), or do you feel * beneath them*, that they don't treat you as a team member. I'm pretty much talking about as a whole, in general. I'd appreciate if you could comment either on here or you can e-mail me at Rhia2@aol.com. Thanks for your help!!
Yes, this has been discussed a lot of time, and some have been treated either unfairly, feeling less-than, or as a team member. I have worked in nursing homes where CNAs have been treated as feeling beneath LPNs and RNs, and it shows in their attitude or tone of voice. Sometimes, it doesn't matter how CNAs carry themselves, there are people in the medical arena who want to feel superior over others. It is unfortunate, and I too have had these feelings before, but I dismissed it from my mind, because I feel too I am making a difference. You are not alone.
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