Response to Tell Us About Your Experience Of Being A Carer:
This is absolutely true. Compassion fatigue is very real. As a young nursing student, there was no end to my compassion. I thought what I lacked in cconfidence, compassion would make up for. Upon graduation, I thought I was going to change the world. I got my first long term care job two years into my career. I worked in corrections previously, and quickly burnt out from that. I cared deeply for my residents, and they came to love me. I gave them the level of care and attention I thought they deserved, even when it frequently meant I’d be late with other responsibilities, or was not able to take a break. It really took a toll on me, and I found myself resenting residents for needing so much of my time. I won’t go into issues about patient load, or problems with other nurses shirking their responsibilities. My problem was that I could not effectively care for myself while having to play therapist to so many others. In my mind, there was no way to downgrade my role in these people’s lives because I had already asserted myself in this role. I lasted 6 months there. I’ve since moved to home health. I care for one very lovely little girl with special needs, and I’m starting to remember why I chose this profession.
Response to 21 Secrets Runners Won’t Tell You:
This is my entire life right now!
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Response to 21 Signs You’re Obsessed With Peanut Butter:
I’ve killed two jars of PB, on my own, this week. Not one sandwich was made.
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