I am a Nursing student and a CNA. I have worked at the same hospital for five years and have enjoyed my time working there. I am doing my precepting there and getting ready to graduate in May. After passing the NCLEX, my plan is to continue to work at this hospital. How do I keep the respect of my fellow coworkers when I become a nurse and then instead of working beside them as a CNA I will work beside them as Nurse? This week while precepting I asked a fellow CNA if she could help me with a patient and she acted like it was a huge inconvenience. This same person if I was at work and asked for help is more than willing to help me. Any ideas or suggestions to help me make this transition smooth would be appreciated. Thank you.
It’s sometimes difficult to change roles at a job. I would say you should do your best to be professional and maintain your working relationships as cordial as possible – be considerate and respectful. However, it must be said, that even if you are respectful and professional, some people are bitter and jealous of others no matter what you do. You can only control what you do and say – not how others feel. If you feel close to this particular CNA, you might want to talk to her about this very issue and say you’re concerned about it and that you want to continue to have a great working relationship with her and the other CNAs. See how she responds. If she continues to act like its an inconvenience to help you when it’s her responsibility to do so, don’t sweat it – she’ll get over it. And if it gets to be too difficult and you’ve tried addressing it with her directly, you can always bring it to the supervisor’s attention. Although ideally working relationships continue to be great when you change roles, it’s not only the case – and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing anything wrong. Good luck!
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