I Have worked in a ltc facility for 17 long,agonizing,painfull,discouraging,upseting-yet happy,fun,interesting,and eventful years. It took (at times) the very life out of me.The only reason I had stayed so long was because of the residents who lived there. I loved them---trully loved them. And I knew that I was the only one CNA in the place that gave a crap if they where clean,dry,fed or even talked to.I some how figured out one day that God wanted me there to be the "GOOD" in such an ugly place.
So,think of it this way-------you will be the "GOOD" wherever you go.Because "SOMEONE' needs you to be there for them. I spent a great deal of energy and time trying to care for as many people there as I could. I felt that if I quit my job there, there wouldn't be any one else there who cared about these residents. Well a year ago I had finally had enough. I was emotionally spent. It seemed I was the only one doing anything for everybody. and being treated like a stupid moron in the prossess. I've reported horrible things I've seen and nothing was done. I was considered a "pain in the ass" by most of the "managedment",as well as nurses and CNA's. And trust me, not many people could stand me.Because it got to the point where if someone where lazy,I let them know. If someone didn't feed somebody ,,I let 'EVERYONE' know about it.And when the nurses pretended to give the medications....well you know.Basically what I'm trying to say is,you be the'GOOD' in an ugly place. and believe me what goes around comes around to bite them in the ass one day.