So I got my schedule for work and I'm a bit pissed off about it. We've been having problems with being short staffed for about a year now. We have trouble getting people to come and apply and actually stay for various reasons. 1) We only get paid once a month. I think we are the only healthcare-related facility in this area where employees only get paid once a month. So think about it: If you have a choice to get paid once a month or twice a month or every two weeks or whatever, which are you going to chose? 2) The residents are not sweet cute little old people. They're mean and horrible and they will call you names and beat you up. Some people can't handle that. They come in, work a few days, and get scared off. I've seen more than a few experienced aides reduced to tears because of something a resident has said or done to them. Hell, I've even cried myself once (but that was when I got punched in the face and that seriously hurt). 3) Our reputation sucks. Most of this is, in my opinion, because we have had at least five different sets of Director of Nursing/Administrators in the five years I've been there. It's probably more--I've stopped bothering to keep track. Each new person comes in with new ideas and new rules and regulations, and that makes it hard to have any sort of consistency. When you implement a change, it takes time to see results, and if new changes just keep getting implemented every 6-12 months, it's kind of hard to see any real improvement. It's aggravating. And yes, I know I should probably quit complaining and just go somewhere else if I hate it so much. The thing is, I don't hate the job. I love those residents. And at the end of the day, if nothing else, I always have a good story to tell or something to laugh about. I love my coworkers. Most of them are awesome. And the job fits with my schedule, which is really important since I am trying to juggle a ton of stuff right now.
Or at least, it did fit with my schedule until they decided to go and screw it all up. My schedule is set up so that I work on weekends and then have the week off since I have school. I do an evening and night shift on Fridays, then an evening shift on Sundays. So I get three shifts in two days. Usually I end up with somewhere between 12 and 15 shifts for the month, which isn't a whole lot but at least it's something. Well, for October they ended up cutting a bunch of my shifts and then putting "available" for some of them, which I assume means that I just wait and see if they call me to come in? I don't know. If I don't count the available shifts, because those obviously aren't guaranteed, I only have 7 shifts this month. Even if I did work all of the "available" shifts, I'd only have 9 shifts for the month. She did the same thing to my husband, who does double shifts on weekends there so he can work his other job during the week. Looking over the schedule, she did the same thing to pretty much everyone who works double shifts. And then there are people on there who's names I don't even recognize (so I am assuming they just got hired and will start work in October) who have full time and who work evening shifts on the weekend when I used to work those shifts.
It aggravates me because I feel like I'm being retaliated against just because I am going to school. I mean, I get that full time employees are probably more valuable to them than part time ones. BUT! I have worked there full time for 5 years now. I show up to work on time. I can count on one hand the number of times I have called in to work in those 5 years, and when I do, I always find someone to cover me. I work hard, I put my best effort into everything I do, and I take damn good care of those people who live there. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but seriously, I earn my keep. And this is what I get for it? You're going to freaking cut half my shifts just because you don't like the fact that I'm in school and I wanted a set schedule so I could plan my life outside of work? It's no wonder people are always quitting! If that's how you treat good employees, then good riddance! I can't wait to get out of there!
So anyways....Now I am probably going to have to go talk to my DNS and figure out what the heck is going on. I know one of the other part-time girls who's schedule also got screwed up did go talk to her already, and from what I hear, it did not go well. I just hate confrontational situations and dealing with authority figures anyways. I always get super nervous and I forget everything I was going to say and I end up sounding like an idiot. But I really don't know how else to go about this. If I just sit here and accept it, they're going to think it's ok and it's not. Ugh, workplace problems suck.
Anyways, on to other things. theant4 posted this music game thing in her journal that I thought I would steal, so here goes:
You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to.
Hit shuffle on your iPod/Phone/iTunes/media player and write down the first 10 songs.Then pass this onto 10 people.
1. "Pyres of Varanasi" by 30 Seconds to Mars
Of course the first song would be by 30STM. They're my favorite This is one of the very few instrumental songs I have in my music library. And by very few, I mean maybe 5. I like my lyrics, ok?
2. "In My Remains" by Linkin Park
Another one of my favorite bands! I love this song. That's all I can say.
3. "No One's Here to Sleep" by Naughty Boy ft. Bastille
I only recently discovered Bastille and then I immediately went and downloaded a whole bunch of their music. This is on a playlist of music I listen to while I'm writing Zira's story. I haven't even sat down and paid attention to the lyrics yet but somehow the mood and melody of the song just seems to fit.
4. "Better Than Me" by Hinder
Kind of a depressing song, but I like it. Actually, now I think about it, a lot of the music I have is kind of depressing.
5. "Tears Don't Fall" by Bullet For My Valentine
I'm pretty selective about the metal/screaming/hardcore music I listen to--I don't like all of it but there are a few songs out there that I really love. This is one of them. Also the music video for this is just amazing.
6. "Kingdom Come" by The Civil Wars
I managed to pull this off of my Hunger Games soundtrack before my husband lost my CD T_T Such a good song. I love the lyrics, and these guys' voices together are just perfect for each other.
7. "Pieces" by Sum 41
I distinctly remember the first time I heard this song. My prom date senior year let me pick a CD to listen to in the car and I remember being very impressed by his taste in music. He had a bunch of Linkin Park CDs in his collection, which he graciously burned copies of for me after I raved about how much I loved them. He also burned this Sum 41 CD for me and I loved this song as soon as I heard it.
8. "Bad Blood" by Bastille
I think these guys could easily be one of my new favorite bands. This is on my writing music playlist, too.
9. "Rule The World" by Lorde
Did anyone else see that epic amazing trailer for Game of Thrones that had this song in it? I think it was just fan-made or something but I haven't ever been able to find it again and it was SO GOOD! If you know where it is, please send me the link.
10. "Red Hands" by Walk Off the Earth
If you guys haven't checked out this band, you need to. Mostly they do covers of other songs but they do them in a really unique way and they are just so cute. Like, their personalities--they just seem like really genuine fun people and I respect that. Anyways, this song immediately made me think of my characters, specifically Zira and Jared. So of course, I added it to my writing music playlist as well.
And I think I'm going to tag Neonhyper for this one. Anyone else is welcome to do it, too