I've been at my new job for about a month I absolutely love it. My boss is amazing and the patients are lovely. But a few things are starting to get me down...
I'm an RN and over the weekends I'm in charge. This means I'm responsible for everything. The women I'm working with are AIN's and are very resistive to change which is one of the reasons why I've been brought in. They've been there for 10 years+ and the majority are a lot older than I am. I'm 25 and I think this is not helping the issues.
Basically, when I ask ( very nicely) for something to be done its not happening. For example, every 2 hours the whereabouts of certain patients need to be checked and recorded. I ask them every shift to do it and its not happening. They respond with "we just mark them off at the end of the day". It's against policy and is driving me crazy! Especially because if anything was to go wrong it would be my responsibility. I feel like a nag asking them all the time especially when it's not helping. Yesterday I ended up writing in each page of the diary that it needed to be done. They came out told me that when they saw my notes they laughed! I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. There's a lot of similar issues and this is just one example. I ask them to do activities and they say they don't have time but then manage to find the time to have extended lunch breaks all at the same time leaving nobody on the floor which should not be happening.
Any tips on how I can improve the situation?? I can't effectively do my job if nobody is willing to cooperate with me!