For nurses considering working in aged care, here’s what my typical day at work is life (mind you, not that every day is the same). It’s a bit like going on a bike ride. You never know what will grab your attention as you bike along that same path over and over 🙂
5.30am – I leave for work at 5.30 am.
6.00am – I arrive at work, sign on and go out the back for coffee and catch up with the girls.
6.25am – I say to myself, I better get a move on and get on the floor.
6.30am – I check the Communication Sheet check we have all of the staff.
The first part of my shift is spent like this:
Right! Let’s go! I was planning to get Mr X sponged before breakfast but Mr Y was attempting to get out of bed. Not sure why Mr Y is up early today. I let others know what’s happening so they jump in and sponge Mr X while I look after Mr Y.
RN lets us know that someone else needs attention NOW. It’s ok. He has been sorted before breakfast. Phew!
At breakfast time, we make sure everyone has it to start with and I needed to ensure the student nurse knows that Mr Z is a feed. Wait, I hear someone yelling ‘It’s all over toast!’ Hmm.
I needed to have residents out of the two rooms by 9am. Oh joy! The painters are coming in again. So we have a chat with the residents and get them sorted before we move on.
Morning tea – We are first for morning tea. Hurrah!!
I remind everyone that exercise class is on and also there is a bus trip. Fred will kick up a stink and will not want to get organised to go out. We nominate Rita to deal with Fred as she can usually cajole him along.
Mr P’s wife just arrived for the visit. We go and let her sign in and let her know that Mr. P will be up soon.
Morning tea is over — Time to get back to work.
Soon as we get back, we see Mr S and Mr T having an argument with the staff having to intervene. The staff is getting ready for the bus trip with the resident when Mr K tells us that he has now decided that he wants to go on the bus trip too.
No worries, we better get him showered and make him respectable. Mr P’s wife is happy with her visit. If she is happy, resident is happy then we are relieved 🙂
Painters. They’re still not done yet. Grrr! Residents getting annoyed because they can’t get in the rooms. Had to explain that they will be able to get in later.
Bus trip – Everyone’s on the bus except for me. The therapy staff doing 1-on-1’s prior to the trip explaining that Mr D is a bit emotional. His wife is in hospital and could the staff spend a bit of time with him.
Back at work.
Oh wait, the skips are getting full. We hear whispers that boss could be doing ward audit so move the skips to get rid of them. Knowing our luck she will be down here any minute.
Oh no. Mr G has had a fall. All hands on deck. Returned to bed, Mr G seems to be fine.
Lunches are on the way. ‘Go to lunch Linda’ I remind myself or before I know it, lunch time has come and gone and I’d miss it. Oh wait, I just remembered, Mr F is in foyer and needs to come back to the room.
Lunch is over.
Time to do the rounds and paperwork. I ask Jody to stay on floor as a few residents are restless.
Boss is here wants to have a quick chat. Jody needs help first though — fill the trolley, check pan room. That’s done…where was I? Oh yeah, filling okay back to my paperwork.
An hour to go when new admission arrives. RN wants him weighed then toileted.
I spend the rest of the afternoon shift to updating the next shift with what’s been happening and where all the residents from the 2 rooms that were painted are.
At last it’s time to go home.