Pros: the 8 hour shifts, meeting the patients, my coworkers
Cons: lunch at 1030am, nothing else.
At 6am you start to get the patients up, helping them get bathed, and eat breakfast and medicated with morning medications, transferring the patients out of bed to their wheelchair, sometimes, feeding the patient and then get them off to therapy. These patients have to be able to tolerate 3 full hours of therapy per day. It is a very tiring day, with physical therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy. I have learned that it is not an easy life, but, these patients are very determined to become independent regardless of their handicap. The hardest part of my job is getting close to my patients, since their stay was at least a month, and then discharging them. This was also the most rewarding part of my job, because I see them come in totally dependent upon us, and leaving with new independence.