This is the truth.
I've taken to another suggestion from a poster on this site:
Anytime I start complaining or something stressful happens? I just go online and look at my bank account...or take the money out my wallet -- and look at it....or repeat the following sentences in my head:
"$20 an hour. $20 an hour."
"I'm a new LVN with two jobs when an untold number can't get one."
That tends to keep things in perspective.
Really. I lock myself in the employee bathroom and meditate. My coworkers think it's hilarious.
I go to the bathroom to rest because it's the only place where I can get any peace. Sad, isn't it?
The aides find me in the breakroom. The lock's broken so the pt's just follow me into the breakdown. They shouldn't even call it a 'BREAK' room.
Sometimes? I just go in there to sit down and I'll tell you something else? I'm not the only one....
My feet hurt! Sometimes, I need a breather. I work psych and there's always a fire to put out.
I once said that i've never work in a regular LTC. But, you know -- LOL.
I went to another job to fill out an application, yesterday. It was sooooo quiet. No one was arguing. No one was 'manic'. No 'borderlines' were ranting and raving. No sundowning elders. No one getting out of their chair and falling. No elder rage. No 'cripple fights'. No pacing dementia/Alz residents. No earworms strategically positioned about the nurse's station. Giving me ulcers. LOL
"Help us. Someone, please help us. Help us. Someone, please help us. Help us. Someone, please help us. Help u--"
The MedPass...easy. The staff didn't have to practically beg the pt's to take their medication or check for cheeking.
The residents were all lined up to take the meds. What the--? I was completely weirded out.
LOL Now you know that doesn't happen when you're working with geri's who have behavioral issues. You have to hunt a fair amt down. You try to give meds to a paranoid schizo and you might get cursed clean out and damned to hell!
"I'm not taking any g/d meds. GOD TOL' ME NOT TO TAKE THE MEDS! NO, GOD SAID! GOD SAID!!!!"
I love my mentally ill geri's. But...the other side of the fence is looking mighty green. LOL