I begun my placement at a long-term care facility last week; which means I’m nearing the end of my program. Yay!Class time went by far too quickly. I am astonished at how fast the last six months have gone by. Here I am now at my placement and is it ever a culture shock. Everything we learned and did in class, didn’t prepare me for what was waiting for me on the other end.
Working at a long-term care facility is so different than anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a different world altogether. Many of the things I’ve learned and many of the expectations I had are all so different than the reality that is before me.
But I will say that working here has given me a very different perspective of how much work personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses do. I’ve begun to feel so much compassion for the residents I care for and the other PSWs I work with.
It’s a lot of hard work, though and I come home somewhat drained; the 33+ degrees temperature outside doesn’t help either.
I was a bit overwhelmed the first few days but this week is starting to look up and I am feeling more confident with each task I perform.
We’ll see how the rest of the week and the next one goes and hopefully, my confidence sores. Stay tuned for more updates. Xoxo
Today I close another chapter of my life and embark on a journey towards bigger and better things. I’ve decided to end my relationship with the media industry and also quit working with/for my husband.
A year ago, I quit my project management job out of frustration towards ill-behaved managers and lack of professionalism. I joined my husband at a restaurant he has stakes in and became his business development assistant manager. That role entailed me to develop marketing plans for him to reach new clients and promote his catering offerings. My success is that he now has at least four new house accounts that frequently order catering from him. I was also his cashier, administrator and voice for all email communication.
It was nice to work in a self-employed environment; making my own shifts and developing new business ideas. But that ship has sailed and I’m ready to do something new and different, away from the food and media industry.
My father always hoped that one of his children would go into the healthcare industry; whether it was to become a doctor, a nurse, a physiotherapist or medical assistant. None of us did; until now.
On Monday, I begin working towards becoming a Personal Support Worker (PSW). It was a tough decision but one I had to take to ensure the betterment of my career and future of my family. I’ve had a lot of people give me a critical reaction to my decision to become a PSW but that hasn’t altered my decision; my biggest critic and supporter being my husband.
It’s hard work, I get it. However, it is also rewarding work and I’m moving into an industry that will never phase out. Plus, I can be a very selfish person at times and for me this new job will be a way of giving back to the world and possibly enlightening a few people’s lives that I may touch.
I’m excited to be starting this new journey of mine and hope that I will succeed in it as I have in previous journies. I hope you’ll all send your good wishes and thoughts my way as I embark on my new career path and goals.