Loved working with dementia patients but could be very challenging.
Pros: routine lunches and breaks
Cons: lack of lunches or breaks
Went in at 2 pm, got report, pill pass from 3-5 pm, assisted with feeds for dinner, I would go to dinner and upon return do evening med pass and treatment, preform accu checks and administer insulins. Throughout the night I would obtain vital signs on those patients necessary, assist with ADL's, do additional assessments as needed such as falls, skin, nuero, and so forth. I learn new things everyday, little things about patient lives to big things like how to administer new medications or treatments. The most difficult part of my job is trying to keep a confused patient calm and remind them where they are and that they are safe, consistency is your best friend in this situation. The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing someone smile when the tell you about their past, when they remember something such as a loved one in a picture or just a memory they want to share. Management is there to help for the most part, they make the rules and regulations and do their best to do what's best for the patient and staff, but could make it easier if they took more information for staff prior to jumping into decisions. Co-workers can make or brake a unit, I feel it is very important for everyone on a unit from housekeeping to unit secretary to CNA's to nursing staff and unfortunately this does not happen very often.