This is a long one but if you have the time and patience to read, and reply... I would be so thankful!
I have a new part-time gig at a LTC facility. I am looking for advice on how to manage your shift's duties. I will have 42 residents and don't want to be scrambling (at least, not all the time
I used to work at this facility as casual staff, and I could never get a grasp on how to accomplish everything I needed to do. I felt like this was related to the fact that I was casual and barely worked there (no chance to build a routine, or get to know staff & residents).
My anxiety was through the roof (could never sleep, feeling frightened whenever the phone rang, crying constantly, feeling pretty pathetic all around! Ugh
). It got to the point where I had outright anxiety attacks when they would call me to ask me to cover a shift. It was a vicious circle... I stopped accepting shifts and eventually left the position so that I could work on my mental health. I am very hard on myself, I know this. I did develop very good rapport with the DON, staff, and residents so I believe that is why they have offered me this part-time job this time around.
I am hoping that with your advice, and the regular part-time status, I will have a more solid foundation to build on this time around! This time around, I am planning on accepting more call-in shifts, in addition to the scheduled ones that come with part-time status. I am hoping this helps build my confidence back up. I know I am a great nurse, and I am better than this!
Please offer up all your tips, advice, and words of wisdom on how you manage your day and how you help yourself feel less anxious in a job that can really mess with your nerves