I started my new job today, as a kind of home help assistant/ auxillary nurse, basiclaly it should have been washes, dresses and cooking meals, and prompting a patient to take their meds.
My first nine calls were okay, it was the last one that got me, and i don't know what else i could have done.
I arrived to cook the gentlemens tea, and prompt with his medication (not allowed to pass meds, I had a days training for this job) . However when I got there he was very upset, sat crying and had been for a while by the look of it. He said no one had been to him earlier in the day, so he had nothing to eat or drink and he missed 3 sets of meds. I gave some food, and some drinks, as well as some fortisips, I also phoned the office to tell them what was going on. And they said someone had done a breakfast and lunch call. But there was no charting, the meds were still in the dispenser and the breakfast porrige in the oven waiting to be switched on.
I got the gentleman as settled as I could before I left, and then I sat outside crying that someone could put another human being through that.
I don't know what else I could have done, or should do. It was my first day there, and I am trying to decide if i want to stay there for the experience, or go back to MacDonalds???
I felt so helpless, like i wasn't doing enough
I just don't know what to do or think.I stayed as long as I could after my shift was over, but I had promised to pick my friends kid up, so I had to leave, and I feel I had not accomplished enough...
Okay, enough ranting, advcie would be nice. Now where is that chocolate???