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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Okay Monday night I was giving a shower and while giving a shower one of the residents on my assignement got on her call light because she wanted to go to bed and her son was in there visiting with her. Well I couldn't leave the shower room because we are not allowed to leave during a shower.

Well that hateful woman was out in the hall and she didn't answer the light, if we are giving a shower than the other person has to answer the light, well she comes into the shower room and for a few minutes just stands around and then she pics up a rag when I am almost done and decides to help. Well I rinse the man off and start to dry him and the charge nurse comes into the shower room looking for the old lady, she knew where I was. Well we finish him up and I wheel him to his room and she pulls the lift behind him because we have to use a lift on him because he is such a big man.

Well while we are in there the nurse informs us that the other resident's son said she was on the light for fifteen minutes and he was reporting us. Well he reported us to the state. And even though I was not a fault I still may loose my job because the woman was on my assignment. And so today I went to the office and told them everything that happened yesterday and I told them how that old woman had been treating me and such as that. So I don't really know what is fixing to happen. But I could really use some vibes.
post #2 of 14
*hugs*

I don't think you will lose your job over that.

It sounds like your place of work is short staffed or that people don't work as a "team". Yes, the woman was in your assignment, but she is also on a ward that has multiple staff and the staff are there for the patients, regardless of who's assignment that person is in.

When staff fail to work as a team, things like you describe are a common occurance...lengthy waits to have call lights answered.

The charge nurse on the ward has a responsiblity to see that patients are being looked after, and if you were busy and were unable to answer the light because a rule of "no leaving someone in the shower alone" prevented you from doing so, then she should have answered the light, or one of the other aids.

It sounds to me that your whole ward should be reviewed for the way things are done IE: team work instead of every man for themselves which is apparently how it is by the sounds of what you describe.

Also, don't go and talk about the woman in a negative light. That will only serve to shed bad light on you and make it look like you didn't answer her light on purpose because she isn't nice to you etc.

Simply apologize and tell them the plain facts of what happened....you were giving someone a shower and were unable to leave the person because you would have been in violation of patient safety protocol. Then suggest that the "every man for themselves" way of operating isn't optimal and that you all should be working as a team and helping each other out.
post #3 of 14
i am sure everything will be ok, i agree with what Natalie said,
post #4 of 14
I agree with what Natalie said as well. I think you will be fine hon
post #5 of 14
I hope that everything goes ok for you, I am sending hugs and prayers for you from Mississippi. Please keep us posted on what happens.

post #6 of 14
You've told them how it was and for me you've done nothing wrong.

Let us know what happens.
post #7 of 14
Hopefully you won't loose your job over this.
post #8 of 14
That totally stinks. Was it written down anywhere that the shower was yours and the other lady was in the hall?

Natalie's input is fantastic. Teamwork, especially in the health sector, is a MUST. Good luck and sending many vibes that they see what really happened
post #9 of 14
Natalie has provided a very mature, objective way of dealing with it. You need to point out that your top priority at the time was taking care of the safety of the person in the showers. Discuss what happened, but not your feelings about it or the people involved.
post #10 of 14
I concur with Natalie. Since my SIL is now in a rehab center/nursing home-those aids are constantly busy! I hope the situation for you at work can improve.
post #11 of 14
Sending {{{vibes}}} that all will go well for you. And listen to Natalie - her advice and observatons seem just right.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well here's the bad news I had already went to the office when I posted this and told them probably way too much info. Now nothing was written about who had the shower and who had the lights but we generally tell each other when one is off the "floor" and I not only tell my charge nurse but I tell the other aid but she has gotten it into her head that she can do what she wants to do because she doesn't care if they fire her mostly because every single time something like this happens they make excuses for her saying she's an old woman and to just deal with her the best that I can. But in the mean time patient care is suffering.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
*hugs*

I don't think you will lose your job over that.

It sounds like your place of work is short staffed or that people don't work as a "team". Yes, the woman was in your assignment, but she is also on a ward that has multiple staff and the staff are there for the patients, regardless of who's assignment that person is in.

When staff fail to work as a team, things like you describe are a common occurance...lengthy waits to have call lights answered.

The charge nurse on the ward has a responsiblity to see that patients are being looked after, and if you were busy and were unable to answer the light because a rule of "no leaving someone in the shower alone" prevented you from doing so, then she should have answered the light, or one of the other aids.

It sounds to me that your whole ward should be reviewed for the way things are done IE: team work instead of every man for themselves which is apparently how it is by the sounds of what you describe.

Also, don't go and talk about the woman in a negative light. That will only serve to shed bad light on you and make it look like you didn't answer her light on purpose because she isn't nice to you etc.

Simply apologize and tell them the plain facts of what happened....you were giving someone a shower and were unable to leave the person because you would have been in violation of patient safety protocol. Then suggest that the "every man for themselves" way of operating isn't optimal and that you all should be working as a team and helping each other out.

I strongly agree!!

You will be ok sweetie.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Tavia'smom View Post
Okay Monday night I was giving a shower and while giving a shower one of the residents on my assignement got on her call light because she wanted to go to bed and her son was in there visiting with her. Well I couldn't leave the shower room because we are not allowed to leave during a shower.

Well that hateful woman was out in the hall and she didn't answer the light, if we are giving a shower than the other person has to answer the light, well she comes into the shower room and for a few minutes just stands around and then she pics up a rag when I am almost done and decides to help. Well I rinse the man off and start to dry him and the charge nurse comes into the shower room looking for the old lady, she knew where I was. Well we finish him up and I wheel him to his room and she pulls the lift behind him because we have to use a lift on him because he is such a big man.

Well while we are in there the nurse informs us that the other resident's son said she was on the light for fifteen minutes and he was reporting us. Well he reported us to the state. And even though I was not a fault I still may loose my job because the woman was on my assignment. And so today I went to the office and told them everything that happened yesterday and I told them how that old woman had been treating me and such as that. So I don't really know what is fixing to happen. But I could really use some vibes.
so many bad people out there, i feel so sorry for you, but you need to fight for your truth and i hate people who like to report on anything, stupid *******s
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