i came here to vent about MY job!
i work in a LTC facility as an aide. i pass meds. yup. we all (i think) can. they call us "med techs"
so....on the dementia floor, where i've been since i started, we serve food, shower, clean, take out the trash, take out laundry, toilet, change wet beds, do the laundry, put away dishes, AND pass meds. all the while we've got people who don't even know what planet they're on that we need to assist. i work nights, so there are about 5 aides in the building, no nurses (they are on-call), and little over 100 residents.i've seen aides get punched, screamed at, food thrown at, cursed....
and i've only been there for 3 weeks. it's unionized, but it's a service union, so all of the aides belong to the union, housekeepers, maintenance, kitchen staff, etc. nurses (management) do not. i think there are only about 5 nurses. only 2 being RN's in the facility. if there are more, i've never met them.there is a great dislike for management though i have not seen anything that they have done wrong! aides on the other hand.....well, for example my "charge aide" who i'm supposed to report to with any problems or questions, didn't even introduce herself to me. she usually hangs out in the laundry room on her personal cell phone all night.
i'm stuck between a rock and hard place with this job because i really need it to pay for school (RN) and it's one of the few jobs that i can work 3rd shift, plus get pt. experience at the pay i'm getting. i need to wait 3 months before i can get transferred to another facility (union rules).
to tell you the truth, i am afraid to tell the other aides that i am going to school to be an RN because i'm afraid they'll turn on me. it's like they all stick together so that everyone gets away with stuff. if i reported the charge aide on the phone, i feel like my job would be total hell after that.
in the meantime, i'm keeping my head low and working hard. i've developed a "tell nothin to no one" attitude but it's getting harder to not divulge information about myself because people are just curious. "break room talk" is hard to avoid!
anyhow, i commend you on caring enough for the patients that you DO YOUR JOB!!! that is the key here. we are there for the pts., not many people that i work with realize that!!! i think it's just inhuman to let another human being sit there in a poopy brief when it's "not my patient". ridiculous!!!