THANK YOU, everyone!!! This has been SO helpful!
Oh, and "WittySarcasm"---about keeping copies of blank forms with you---what a GREAT tip!!! I have actually done that before---it is SO annoying that people will take the LAST one of any form without at least making a couple copies!
RNStrong---I hope it gets better for you!!!
There is one MAJOR thing that makes me VERY VERY happy to have this new job---the DON has been there many years and said she LOVES the patients and wants them to get the care they DESERVE.....
The DON also said she LOVES her employees, and I believe she was sincere about that! I have NEVER had a boss say she "LOVED" her employees! While we were interviewing, a couple very CUTE residents and one of the resident's wives came by just to chat with her....
The nurses were VERY busy, (of course!), but I saw LOTS of smiles on their faces, LOTS of kind interacting with the residents, and more importantly, I saw LOTS of residents smiling, too.
LOL, my very first job was in Pediatrics....my boss would LITERALLY walk by, I'd smile and say "hi", she'd look us straight in the eye, and NOT say hello--- that's just WEIRD. Back then, I took it personally and it hurt my "feelers"! LOL, ohhh, now I would just laugh!
Sorry, but---here is a professional nurse (the boss) who had a great staff, and I don't care HOW stressed out someone is, they can say "HELLO" to their employee, even if it's not in a friendly way.
"gabulldogs".....YES! Where I used to work, we had GREAT teamwork---I pray we'll have it at my new place, too. I am willing to help ANYone with ANYthing when I can....wouldn't it be the perfect world if EVERYONE was that way?
I am SOO happy! I had considered taking a job at another SNF/LTC, but I just had tooooo many doubts---at this other place, I felt at "home".....I cannot WAIT!
I'm going to put my running shoes on, plus, I am determined that I can do this and have a positive attitude (NOT saying I won't have hard times, of course!)
At my last job, I didn't mind "running" for 12 hours with very little or NO breaks. But, I did NOT like the fact that I had NO time to chart, so my shifts were usually more like 14 hours! (thank goodness they did NOT mind if we stayed late to chart---they KNEW there was no time to chart, and YES, we got paid for every minute!! We also got paid an additional half hour if we didn't get a REAL break, which I give them a lot of credit for...I wonder how many other places offer that?)
That was another reason I sought LTC/SNF---EIGHT hour shifts---thank you, Lord! I feel like I can do ANYthing for 8 hours---but 12- (actually FOURTEEN!)---no way!!!