I like to think, as far as my profession goes . . .
very good at my job-
able to adapt to new situations-
excellent at problem solving-
alert to any shift in condition-
Traits, (I hoped), I would be able to translate into working for an agency and in the homes of pediatric patients.
Having worked 11pm-7am in Pediatric Long Term Care, I did work with some parents, but not many. It was also, how should I say . . . "mutual turf." I was well prepared for my patients, just not how to work in a family's home.
work quietly, (keep alarms to a minimum)-
work "clean" and not necessarily sterile-
stay awake in a dark quiet house of sleeping people-
be a "piece of furniture" in the intimacy of home life-
and still maintain the priority of my patient-
Maybe too good . . .
My temporary position, covering for a nurse out sick,
the family wants me to stay
instead of her coming back.
Excuse me, Mr. Recruiter, when exactly is MY NEW patient coming home from the hospital?