Things are getting easier at work. Bear in mind that "easy" is a relative term. I'm more comforatble & efficient in my work, but there will never be enough hours in the workday to get everything done. It's really sad, but there's just not enough help. We're being taught the proper way, but being told to prioritize & do the best we can in the time we have. It's not a perfect situation, but I definitely think great care is being provided. If I didn't, I wouldn't work there.
Before I started, I was so nervous about being sad with elderly residents - but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! They are so much fun to be around. I'll be heartbroken when I go through my first resident death, but the positives definitely outway the negatives.
After a week of training, I've already pinpointed fellow class members who I think just won't cut it (and here's hoping they don't because they're really irritating!).
Nurse B, the trainer I mentioned in my last post, is a great teacher - but she is not a coddler. She tells it like it is, especially in a clinical setting. Ultimately, she's responsible for the saftey & welfare of all the residents we perform care on during training. If we screw up the resident might get hurt, & it's her head on the platter. Naturally, that impacts her demeanor towards us.
There's a group of girls in my class who are upset about it. Some take the, "She's just not nice," route; others that, "Oh no she didn't talk to me like that," approach. Seriously people, grow up! It's just business (not really, but you know what I mean). What does it matter if she says something sweet & nice, or if she's stern about it - you still screwed up! Pull on your big girl panties, because if you can't handle Nurse B you'll never make it.
What I've learned is that the hardest aspect of the job is dealing with co-workers. Women in any workplace are
And then, there are the others. It's a very primal environment; eat or be eaten, sink or swim, survival of the fittest & all that crap. Although it's not an ideal situation, I'm up for the challenge. I take my work very seriously no matter what I'm doing, but this is a whole new ball game because it's personal care.
I'm there to do a job, & that's that. I'm more than willing to be a kind, helpful aide, but at the end of the day I don't need people to like me...so bring it bitches!!