I can’t take it anymore!
It’s amazing how a person that works for me only 3 days can make me an insufferable dick. I’m grumpy around everyone because of this person.
Last Sunday we had snow in the forecast. I was reading and talking to other people talking about alternate modes of transportation to work. Whether they worked in a warehouse, office or supermarket. All important jobs, but not quite as important as a nurse that is responsible for putting someone to bed and making sure they stay alive. So what does my nurse do? She calls off two hours before we have any snow.
The sad part is I expected this. This is the woman who called off because of a dusting once. She also called off two days early once expecting a “monster” storm. Think it ended up snowing like 3 or 4 inches. We obviously have different descriptions for the word monster. Unfortunately for me my backup plans fell through this time. The aide that was going to cover for her ended up getting in an accident. She couldn’t make it and she couldn’t stop apologizing. She was in an accident and still felt she left me done. My nurse? She comes in a half hour late last night and never said a thing. To be honest, I don’t recall this woman saying “I’m sorry” once since she started working for me.
I did end up getting in bed that night. There are people that care about me and know I can’t stay up all night in my chair. My nurses make twice as much money and do less work than my aides, but this wasn’t about money. It was about my safety. In the hospital environment the aides do more dirty work than the nurses, but for a home nurse it is different. They are responsible for cleaning my dishes as much as my aides, but this nurse doesn’t even wash a fucking glass.
The question here is who is ultimately at fault? The nurse that calls off or the agency that allows the nurse to call off and never makes an attempt to fill the shift? I hired the agency for I had coverage. I hired them for I was taken care of. The agency was hired for I didn’t have to frantically waste a Sunday night trying to find coverage, but there I was! The agency will get more discussion here in the following weeks.
My problem now is who do I find to fill this nursing shift? This is why I’m so angry because I don’t have a clue on a replacement. People aren’t exactly knocking on the door to work an overnight shift during the weekend. I asked the agency for a new nurse over 4 months ago. I told them that she was always late, not reliable, not friendly and that she slept on the job. The agency still hasn’t replaced her. So it’s up to me to find people again. Thanks for nothing agency. Wish switching agencies would work, but I’ve learned that they are all the same in the end.
I need to get rid of her though. It’s not healthy for me to be this stressed.
Happy New Year.