Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I got a raise...

...for being with the home for 90 days. It's a whole dollar. I make 8.82 an hour now. It's a huge pay increase and I can sense a quality of life improvement. It's a pretty sweet deal. However, due to the fact that there are four transport/feeder aides working, there is talk of reducing our hours to 4:30-6:30 during the week and to per-diem on the weekends. This will be a major cut in hours for me.

Yesterday, someone fell. That's the only new thing that happened. I saw her stand up and for whatever reason, her chair alarm didn't go off and she was trying to hold a cup of water and she fell. It's a damn shame. I'm glad she wasn't hurt, though.

Friday, March 4, 2011

So it's been...

... another long time since I've updated. 

Not much has changed aside from numerous residents going home or 'going home.' Two gentlemen that I made a habit of talking to left two days ago and I was not able to say bye due to unforeseen circumstances in my work schedule. I've been feeding more, it's starting to get easier but a lot of the residents refuse to eat. It's frustrating but it's a job. 

A few of the aides are lazy as all hell and attempt to make me do all of their work. I do as much as I am legally allowed to do, nothing more. It's sad that there are some people who take advantage of hard workers. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Long Time Since

... I last updated. In the time span since then, not much has changed since the last update.

Things have been really slow around the home. Not too much has been happening. I have been feeding a lot more and it gets to be annoying but I deal with it. In my free time at work I talk to one of the residents who happens to be a surgeon. He's really interesting.

I'm not really sure why he's there. He seems to be mentally alert 9/10 times. Sometimes he will ask if he has any surgeries today but most days he'll be completely aware of who everyone is and sometimes be walking around better than most of the nurses and aides.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tomato Juice

The only main gripe I have about today is that after spending a goof twenty minutes trying to please a resident, I end up with tomato juice dropped all over my scrubs and my sneakers. It's annoying, I'm almost positive she dropped it on purpose, too. Oh well. The residents daughter called, she decided to tell her daughter "some idiot nurse boy dropped tomato juice all over me." Then a pause, "no he went to clean it up. He isn't back yet."

I quickly followed up with, "sorry about that. Thankfully the juice didn't get on you, have a nice night," and walked out. On the plus side I did get to learn how to perform an anterior cervical fusion from a former surgeon tonight because he asked what surgery I missed. He probably thought the tomato juice was blood. God I love my job.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Title says it all! Thanks to everyone whose been visiting my blog!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pre-Valentines Day

It's interesting, to say the least. The residents mostly aren't aware that it's valentines day and some aren't too sure of what exactly a valentine is. I was about half the floor's valentine because young guys are in high demand, apparently. The day was uneventful aside from the fact that numerous patients had family there and in general, created a massive headache for the transport staff (aka just me).

I was the only  transport assistant working tonight. It was challenging but I managed. The nurses were also in short staff, too. Only one was in the entire floor. LPNs and CNAs were in short order too. There was a total of 7 people working tonight. Seven people to about 60 people (including the family members). It's a lot to manage.

The nurses were asking me if I was considering becoming a CNA again. I'm thinking about it - the pay is nice.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Some (Laundry) Background Infomation

I mentioned that were were a few ways to do laundry in previous posts. I will cover those in this post.

The way I do laundry is take the resident list, divide them by the hall, and sort their clothes in the laundry room and then go out and distribute the laundry down one hall. This is the 'Donna method.' It was pioneered by a transport agent named Donna, who takes upwards of two hours to do one unit's laundry. It is stereotyped by my coworkers to be slow and inefficient as a result. I get an entire unit's laundry done in about 30 minutes using this method.

The way my coworkers do laundry is not as simple or effective. They throw all the clothes on a rack and go down a hall and sort the clothes on the rack and then take them into the rooms. Takes a long time, makes you look like an idiot standing in the middle of the hall, and blocks the hall for others to use. It takes three of them about an hour to do one unit's laundry.