I'm going on five months at my LTC job, new nurse, no prior LTC experience. I have yet to leave on time- usually about an hour late- this past weekend it was an hour and a half because my floor was legitimately crazy (even according to other staff). However, last night half way through the shift another nurse informed me "You'll never get out on time, you're too nice" (she did it in a very nice, constructive feedback way, that's not my issue). The rest of the night I was really disappointed to learn that she's right. I had a confused resident in someone's room, it took me 5 minutes to walk him back to his room, another resident was yelling in the dining room that he needed water- I listened to this for 10 minutes while I was down the hall with my med pass, then got him water when I was going by. When residents come up and talk to me, I respond, if they want cookies when I bring their meds, I'll go get cookies. I guess right there I found my hour. I understand the nurses that are able to do what they need to with more focus, I don't think I'm a better person than they are, I just can't do it (at least not yet). I want to leave knowing that not only did my residents get their meds and treatments, I want them to feel like I cared
for them. Fortunately, I get paid if I'm over- I'm only part time and nowhere near overtime pay, so I don't think they care. But, if someday I'm told it's an issue, I don't know what I'll do. How do you find the balance?