Reader ‘s opinion Working in a nursing home grates my heart

I can’t do my job as well as would be ethically correct.

I work in a nursing home where I may have seven caregivers alone during my shift. During a shift like this, I don’t have time to talk to anyone, but caring is one accomplishment. I can’t help anyone any more than is necessary, because if I don’t have time to visit every resident during my shift, someone can stay lying on wet diapers.

If someone scares me for treatment or if someone wants to chat, needs something other than washing or dressing assistance or food and medicine, I have to coldly refuse, because if I agree, another resident will be left untreated.

I don’t have time to take breaks. Still, I feel like I can’t do anything as well as would be ethically correct.

In the morning, I have to coldly decide who will immediately get up from a wet bed in dry clothes and who will have to wait up to an hour, maybe two. I don’t have time to take residents out into the fresh air, I don’t look at photos and I don’t chat. I don’t get help when needed because other caregivers have their hands just as full of work.

It’s heartbreaking to refuse an elderly person’s request, but there’s nothing else I can do. After graduating as a nurse, I’m not going to work in nursing homes because I don’t want to do work I can never do well enough. I’m probably training for another field because I don’t feel like I can do the job I love right or well.

After a day of work, my feet petrify, my back hurts and cries. I’m only 24 years old and I can’t stand my job. Hopefully this will change. Otherwise, no one wants to work in the care industry anymore.

Studying to be a nurse

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