Well....as you can see by the name of my blog is..."I don't do mornings!" Well...the myth has been busted...I did a morning shift yesterday at work. Yes..I woke every hour throughout the night worried I would sleep through the alarm I had set on my phone...set at 5:45 a.m.
To top it off, I did an a.m. shift after having worked a p.m. shift the previous night. I haven't done a.m. after p.m. in about 10yrs. I never realy liked them because you feel that you no sooner left the hospital car park than you have returned to begin your a.m. shift.
I got home about 10:30p.m. Sunday night, went in for an a.m. shift to begin at 7a.m.
The "drawcard" is that it was public holliday rates for the a.m. shift. (Though I imagine that the tax office will be getting a chunk of it!) I had a psych special for my shift, this is no easy task, it is emotionaly draining especialy as it if it is a suicide watch. This is when your listening skills are the more important of any skill you have obtained in your career. Having a nurse in your face is not the picture I like to see when I come on shift and the patient is distraught enough without that. I have seen this before..it was a long time ago I gotta say. I love the team I work with.
Certainly having a 4 patient load is easier by far for me. I have to say, I don't take my work lightly. I always go to lengths to make sure my patient's are advocated for and that they are comfortable when I leave my shift. I guess it comes down to treating others as you would want to be treated yourself. Also, not loosing sight of what your job actualy is.
Throughout my career I guess I may have just about seen it all. I am a pretty reserved person but with time I have to say that I don't mind telling someone when it seems to be time for them to pick up the pace or even change their vocation because they have lost sight of what it means to be a professional.
Today the kids have another holliday day off it is Easter Tuesday I guess you would say... but, the teachers call it "PD day" Professional Development Day (Pissup Day I say!!!), just another day added to days they have already had off. I am sure we didnt have the amount of hollidays the kids have today. Did we? It is a lovely day...think I will recharge the batteries and take the kids to the park. They love going on the UFO dizzy wizzy thingy..thats what they call it anyhow. I get sick just looking at it!
Ciao for now, Cheers Cazzie!!!