Oncology is loving and giving department to be a part of.
Patient Care Aide (Current Employee) – Huntsville, Al – October 23, 2012
My typical day at work starts at 6:45. I usually have 10-20 beds that I am responsible for. When I come in each room, I introduce myself write my name on the board and take their vital signs at 8, 12, and 4 pm. I ask the patient how was their day, how are they feeling and do they need anything. While I am asking these question I am assessing the environment for safety and family dynamics. Later on I take blood sugars, attend to the needs of the patient, and assist the RN's.
I have learned many things on oncology. Critical thinking, end of life care, and always have a positive attitude.
Managing and prioritizing your time is very important it is the key to a successful shift.
My co-workers are wonderful. But if there us a problem, it should be discussed and if it can't be rectified, go through the chain of command. But you pick and choose your battles. Everyone has a bad day and you take people from day to day, and don't hold grudges. Each day is a new day.
The hardest part of my job is when staffing is low, but I do work well under stressful situations.
The most enjoyable part of my job is my patients, I love hearing the stories and interacting with my them. The stories they tell are enjoyable and I learn from each one.