||[Sep. 16th, 2014|10:39 am]
JeN in WoNderLaNd
Life has been busy with new routines and such. M. just started kindergarten and daycare, R. just started at a different daycare (couldn't get both kids into the community daycare which offers subsidy for low income families) and I just started my nursing practicum. I had to go out and buy a dry erase board to turn into a calender to keep track of everyone's schedule; I tried to figure this all out on paper, but couldn't do it so well. M. goes to daycare after school 4 days a week and R.'s daycare schedule follows mine as the in home daycare he's at is more flexible, while the community daycare wants a little more routine. It seems we're all adjusting well though.|
My practicum is at a personal care home that I chose. I will be working with 3 different preceptors (one for the 2 night shifts I had and two for evening and day shifts); so far the 2 preceptors that I worked with were good and I'll be working with the 3rd one today who may or may not be more of a hard ass. I just met her briefly and wondered about that, although my other preceptor described her as "a good nurse" and said she enjoyed her training with her. The experience is also different in that I have never worked in a long-term care facility and that as a nurse, I would be responsible for way more clients than I've been used to (on nights, you're responsible for 60, evenings 30 and days 20). I worked one evening shift so far and it felt like most of the shift was spent giving out endless meds. I guess I'm just used to the mental health environment where there's more time spent with clients doing therapeutic work, counseling/talking and more charting (since there's so many residents under our care at the personal care home and often their status is the same day to day, charting is minimal).
I'll see how the practicum goes and I'm open to the possibility of working in such an environment, but mental health is still my favorite thing (and sure enough, there are many residents with mental health issues at the personal care home). I would like to see if I can get my old job back, but there are some issues that might make that somewhat difficult. I started working at the mental health centre in 2010 and left for mat leave with R. about 5 months after starting. Instead of returning to work when I did, I should have requested a medical leave as I had been hospitalized a couple months before my mat leave ended and was still going through the process of med adjustments. I thought I could manage work, but I was experiencing some issues with sedation and was falling asleep occassionally on the job (I think usually during morning report and also had a hard time staying awake at times on the night shift) and apparently I just didn't look well. I was asked to speak with the nursing unit coordinator about this and admitted to being on these meds and my diagnosis. I ended up losing my job due to temorarily losing my license to practice; I owed the college of nurses some money from a mandatory psychological assessment that I had taken due to some issues I was having at my previous workplace. The college had sent me a letter stating that if I did not pay them by a certain date, I would lose my license. However, due to my state at the time and probably being distracted while reading it; I realized after I had lost my license and upon finding that letter again that I didn't actually read it thoroughly and had somehow overlooked that important piece of information. Had I known, I would have paid the money, or gotten help from my parents to pay it (being on mat leave and not having my full usual amount of income, I didn't pay it right away and I was also hospitalized shortly after the bill came, so obviously I wasn't well and paying attention to such matters). I actually ended up working a few shifts without realizing that my license had been pulled and was fined by the college for doing so. Because it took longer than my workplace had allowed for to get my license back, I lost my job. It was only about 2 business days after I had my position terminated that my license was reinstated. What an ordeal... I somewhat blame myself, but I know I wasn't well at the time either. I was invited to re-apply for work there, but when I did some time later while in the middle of my Refresher program, I heard nothing back. I have spoken to the nursing unit coordinator informally about how the program was going when I bumped into her while I was waiting to either pick up some meds or for an appointment with my psychiatrist. Kind of awkward, but it's in the same building that I used to work in, so I saw her while she was coming out from a meeting. I've bumped into a few old co-workers in that way, but what can you do? I guess that could possibly pose some issues if I were to work there again, but I'll deal with that if it happens. Fortunately, I was not hospitalized there.
I think I would like to try to apply at my old workplace again, which may happen sometime soon (I've also learned from the college of nurses that I'm actually done my educational requirements, but am still doing this practicum to complete the Refresher program). I was told awhile back when I was in touch with the nurses' union that they might be able to help me if I was having difficulties with gaining employment, which is reassuring. So it might be time to get in touch with them again soon to let them know where I'm at.