Nursing careers that leave yu fulfilled
Part Time RN (Current Employee) – St. Thomas, ON – 20 April 2016
Nursing is a hands on career in LTC - The complexities of the residents, require critical thinking to triage the needs and meet them. With increased demand on documentation, it is a fine line in completing the tasks requiring documentation within an 8 hour period. Often times required documentation requires the need to complete after the end of the shift. Without pay. This is chronic throughout the healthcare system that is strapped to provide pay for completion of tasks. Healthcare facilities work within basic levels of Ministry Standards with very little perks for performance. However this is across the board. Caressant Care is a for profit chain of homes throughout Ontario that provides those basic needs to it's residents within the standards of care. At the end of the day it is the smile on the resident's faces and their trust which is the most valuable. The administrator is usually a non nursing person who caries out the daily management of the home well. The stress is on the Director of Care to meet the needs of staff, scheduling, dealing with families and their stress, staff and their stress, ordering supplies, ensuring the standards are met, discipline and it is a very heavy role which is often not maintained for more than 5 years because of the stress. This stressful role then invades the culture of the home and the staff and can create a toxic environment. There is a need for more calm and support in the role, as they DON is sandwiched between upper management, internal management, familes, residents and staff.
Co-workers are pleasant, capable.
The smiles and responses from residents and making a difference in their lives is the best part of the day. Not feeling effective in meeting the needs of the residents, i.e. MD who does not return calls is the most difficult and puts a lot of pressure on ensuring the comfort and needs of residents are met medically is a REAL challenge. Often times requiring residents to be sent to hospital for emergent medical needs, causing disruption to the resident through transfer, and to the added cost to families to pay for transport back from hospital is also a real stressor.
Long hours, missed breaks, no medical benefits, difficulty getting vacation time without hassle