That's me. I've got my bag on my shoulder, keys in hand, throwing up the 'deuce' with the other as I stride out of the facility yelling, 'BYE...BYE...BYE'.
...because even when you're leaving you've got residents asking a million and one non-health-related questions...coworkers trying to chit-talk...the ADON stopping you to ask a myriad of questions that begin with 'Can you...' or 'Do you mind if...' or 'Would you....' and ending with an 'I really appreciate.' and 'Thank you for your hark work'.
...and it always involves me being guilted into pulling extra shifts.
Why is the walk from the nurse's station to the front door such a long one? It's like running an obstacle course.
I will stay to help out if it's emergent or a status change or something. I'm not going to leave anyone hanging but I'm usually trying to duck out of there BEFORE the pooh hits the fan.
I will 'smile when things go wrong' for other reasons. My coworker had a resident attempt to amb from her WC and fall forward, recently. Blood everywhere. She was fine. Vitals, neuros...she was alert and oriented. Joking with me. She was fine. Coworker sent her out for stitches. So, anyway, her CNA was fresh out of school and while we were changing her and cleaning her up in prep for transport, the CNA was visibly worried. Upset. 'Am I in trouble?' and 'I don't wanna lose my certification/job'.
I realized that I had an intense look on my face. Not because I was angry or blaming. I was just...focused on fixing what was wrong our resident. I softened it up, talked her through the situation, reassured her that the resident was fine and the CNA relaxed.
I notice that, in tense situations, others tend to rec'v cues from you. It's important to stay calm because it makes others calm. I always knew that but this situation was good reinforcement.