Nurses and Aides
I work in a hospital setting as a nursing assistant. I am surrounded by nurses and doctors and many other health care professionals every single day. Most of them are pretty nice and have the same respect for me as I do them, but there are a quite few nurses that look down on us aides.
Some nurses think our job is so easy. Mind you these are the nurses that never had to work as a nursing assistant before in their life, so they don't realize everything that we do. Just as many of us nursing assistants don't realize everything that nurses do, but that doesn't mean that we under estimate them.
I have had plenty experiences with nurses leaving us the dirty work. Meaning they walk into a patients room, sees the patient is soiled in urine, feces, vomit, or whatever it may be, and instead of calling us to ask us to help clean them up, they call for us to clean it up. Now I get that you may be busy and running late on passing medications, but leaving a patient like that for someone else to clean up when you are more then fully capable is just wrong. You are there to help the patient in any way possible just as us aides are. Just because you have a degree and make more then us, doesn't mean that you are too good to clean up a person.
We also get nurses that ask us to bring a water into the room for a patient, 1. while they are in the kitchen and can grab the water, and 2. when they are heading right into that room after being in the kitchen. Now if that doesn't scream lazy, I don't know what does. I understand if a nurse is in a contact room and doesn't want to get un-gowned and gloved, just to put everything back on. That I understand, but when you are heading right from that room and could have grabbed that water yourself, it would have been easier.
I am not saying that all nurses are this way because they aren't. But there are a few, and what they don't realize is them asking us to do the little things that they could have done, also puts us behind. It puts us behind on checking on the patient, or turning the patient that hasn't been turned in over 2 hours because we are running around to every other room. We get behind too, and I don't think the nurses realize that.
Now there are the wonderful nurses that help out no matter what the situation is. You ask them to help you wash someone up, and BAM, they are right there. They are the ones you ask for help when you are falling behind because all 7 of your patients need their blood sugars taken, but you can't be all 7 places at once. They are the nurses that say, "Hey, I cleaned up the patient we had," just because they were in the room.
We need to work as a team, and have each others backs. Without team work, we are just a sea of sharks going at each other constantly, and that isn't going to help the patients. It will make the care worse, and that is the last thing any of us want to do.