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I Got A Job

As you all know, I’ve been job hunting over the past couple of months. But I’ve also been very picky with where I apply and where I work. I didn’t want to just work anywhere and for the sake of money; I wanted to find an employer where I could be happy, where there was ample room for growth and where I could build a career.

After my clinical training in a long-term care facility, I was definite that I didn’t want to work in that environment. The caregiver to patient ratio is absolutely devastating. I understand that many people or their family’s cannot afford private care, but it depresses me to see one PSW working with 10, 11 or 12, 13, etc. patients.; its unfair to the patients and to the caregivers/PSWs. It’s physically draining for the PSW and the patient doesn’t get all the time, affection or compassion they need and deserve.

Don’t get me wrong, many of the PSW’s that work in long-term care are extremely compassionate and loving but when you have 10 or 11 patients that require you to do nearly everything for them and you’re on time restrictions to get everything done in time for breakfast, lunch, dinner or activities; it makes it hard to spend the time time comfort or reassure the patients.

Long-term care homes break my heart and when I think about why I got into this profession, I cannot make myself want to work like that, even if the money is better than in other places.

So, I searched for retirement homes that were hiring and reached out to friends in the industry to see if they knew anywhere that was hiring and hold behold, a friend came through and submitted my resume at his workplace.

I began interviewing before the holidays at this luxurious retirement home; I call it luxurious because it is so beautifully built and kept, it looks better than many five-star hotels. As the new year began, I was losing hope because I hadn’t heard back from the hiring manager; which was strange because the interviews went so well. Even one of my former office managers whom I used as a referral told me the hiring manager was thrilled by the feedback she gave her. So, why wasn’t the call coming?

The holidays and busyness leading up to them got her schedule completely full and she wasn’t able to get back to me until after the break. Thankfully though, I got the call and was hired as a permanent part-time resident care partner (RCP), it’s a fancier word for Personal Support Worker. But I’m happy with the title and position.

I started working a couple of weeks ago picking up causal shifts here and there and will officially start on my permanent shift starting this Sunday. I’m a little nervous but have faith that I will excel and be one of the best care providers that I can be.

Wish me luck and send me your blessings so that I may provide the best compassionate care to my residents and succeed in the vision I have of myself doing this job.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

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It’s Official: I’m A PSW

Yay! I passed my NACC exam and officially a PSW. I just need to wait for my diploma; which should arrive in 4-6 weeks and now get a job. Woot!

It was hard and I doubted myself a lot throughout the process but I have to say I am so proud of myself. I’ve started many things in my life but always let life take its toll and quit halfway. But this time, I finished it and that too with being top of my class.

Next steps, find employment and begin the journey towards becoming a nurse.

Thank you all for your prayers and wishes. Many people contributed to my success, especially my husband; he is my greatest supporter and strength. I don’t think I could have done it without him.

Anyway lovelies, enjoy your weekend. I’ll keep you posted on the job searching. Until then, have a blessed weekend.

Quick Update Plus Diwali and Thanksgiving Pictures 

Monday was the last day of my clinical. It’s been an exhausting part of my studies but I’m finished. The next portion is less physically straining and allowing more interactions with the residents. 

During my community work; which began on Tuesday, I have been assisting staff with feeding, doing activities and walking with the residents. This is a very good chance to get to know the residents and learn their experiences. Although, it’s a much slower paced part of my education, I am enjoy it. 

I completely forgot to upload photos of thanksgiving and Diwali and so decided to include them in this post. Thanksgiving was fantastic and dinner turned into lunch due to a miscommunication between my husband and I. Nevertheless, lunch was enjoyed by all and we were so full afterwards, that everyone decided to nap right after. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving lunch:

Lamb chops with pasta, scalloped potatoes and stuffing
My Thanksgiving dining table
French vanilla custard cake
Puff pastry fruit and chocolate tea snacks
Egg, spinach and cheese puffs for breakfast
Garlic pull-apart cheesy bread

As for Diwali, my darling husband surprised me and Nid by showing up earlier than expected. Nid and I were just getting dressed and beginning to light candles and diyas when he burst through the front door. I have to say I was overjoyed because I felt terrible that we were celebrating without him. 

Later that evening, when all of us were dressed and ready to pray, my brother joined us and stayed for the prayer and dinner. Nid completely adores my brother and was overwhelmed with excitement. Here are some of the pictures of our Diwali prayer and lighting of the diyas: 

Rangoli made with chalk and turmeric

The Last Sprint

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

Quick Update: School & Me

I’ve been extremely busy these days as my course is becoming more intense. I’ve had numerous tests, assignments and exams over the past few weeks; which has left little time for anything else. So the time I do have available is spent with my munchkin and hubby or with my parents and doing chores. 

But I will tell you that I’m enjoying my course and everyday that I learn something new, I become more interested and confident about my choice of course. I’ve recently received my overall average (96.4%) and I am quite satisfied and impressed with how well I am doing. 

I know down the road, it’s going to be a lot of work once I graduate begin working, however, I truly believe that the reward will be much greater than the effort. I do hope that the people’s lives I touch will be enriched and they’ll take some goodness and happiness from me. 

So that’s where I am right now with school. I’ll keep you all updated as I further progress. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead. Xoxo

Quick Update On Life

It’s Sunday morning and I’m finally able to sit in my balcony with a cup of coffee. It’s cold, windy and muggy outside but I’m dressed warm and enjoying my new patio set; which is what matters. The kiddo and hubby are asleep, so I’m enjoying the morning to myself. It’s nice to be able to enjoy the early morning without any responsibilities or list of chores to do.

My sister and nephew slept over last night; it was a nice evening with them. We went for dinner and watched movies until late into the night. Nid especially enjoys herself when my nephew and sister are around because she gets spoilt rotten. 

As for school, I finally got my scrubs (aka uniform)! I’ve done a couple of quizzes, my major group assignment and a final module exam. The exam was easier than I had expected and I aced it with a 98% grade. I know it’s just the beginning but I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride that I’m doing so well. 

The more I get into the course, I more I realize how much hard work is ahead of me. Everyone keeps telling me how exhausting the workload is. But people that I’ve spoken to outside of my course, whom had PSWs care for their parents or loved ones, tell me how appreciative they are for the PSWs. I guess that’s what makes this job so rewarding and worth the back-breaking labour. 

I’ve heard stories about the care and compassion these PSWs give and how they the depth of their care has benefited not just the patient they’ve worked for but also the family of the patient. 

It’s unfortunate that more people aren’t becoming PSWs with the rapid speed of our aging population. But the ones that are becoming it are deemed as a very special type of person, or so I’ve been told. 

Four weeks into the course and my outlook has very much changed. I’m a little more courteous and patient when I see an elderly or special-needs person. I feel more compassionate for these people and maybe even a little more empathetic; it’s a good feeling. 

Well, that’s where I am so far. Personality changing to a more calm, composed and passionate person and feeling a little more content with my life overall. I’ll keep you all posted on my progress. But until then, have a safe, beautiful and restful Sunday. 

~Tamana

Quick Update: Week 1 Complete

I’ve just finished my first week of school and am happy to say that I have enjoyed it. It’s a cramped course; which will be completed in eight months, so there’s a lot of information to process. However, I think I’ve done good so far. 

I’m taking lots of notes and writing every detail down which may be useful. In addition, I plan to review my notes and highlight my textbook with important points this weekend. 

This past week has given me the opportunity to understand how hard PSW’s and nurses work. It’s also shown me how much support some people will need as they age; making me reflect on my own aging parents and loved ones. I’m glad I decided to take this course. It will enable me to treat and care for my aging parents in a manner that will make their upcoming old-age slightly more comfortable.

This morning as I was getting ready to leave for school, I couldn’t help but wonder if my parents would come stay with me when they’re old and unable to fend for themselves. I would be the perfect caregiver for them because by the time they will be that old, I would be well-trained and hopefully working in my profession for a few years. I can only hope that they would give me the honour to repay them for the years of love, care and compassion they’ve given me all these years and allow me to care for them in their time of need. Time shall tell. 

Anyway, that was my first week in review. I’ll keep you guys and gals posted on how I progress over the next several weeks. Until then, my lovelies, enjoy your weekend and stay safe and blessed.

Xoxo ~ Tamana