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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Changes and challenges


Changes and challenges

Change is good, the man said…
Challenge makes you stronger, the woman replied…
So why is it that when change and challenge is good, we almost always end up resenting it?

Last week I started a new job, in a setting that is strangely unfamiliar for me and things are expected from me I was not quite prepared for.
The orientation I received left me feeling very unsatisfied. I have lots of questions and mostly doubts about how things are going to work out for me and the people I work with.
But because the job is so new to me, and the setting so unfamiliar, it leaves me wondering which questions to ask, or even where to start…
I am supposed to give leadership and guide my people and set an example…

The first few days I was to busy learning one of the two rolls I am supposed to take on. Then the next day it hit me full in the face, and I wondered what on earth am I doing? This is not the job I thought I accepted! It made me angry, and I was ready to throw in the towel and call it quits.

Unfortunately I do have a bit of a stubborn streak, and I really am not a quitter. After talking with a couple of good friends I calmed down and came to accept that, although I was right about the situation not being fair,  it is what it is for now. And, no I will not blindly "get used" to having to work two jobs! But I will for now accept it for what it is.
It is unfortunately that most institutions in the health care field are struggling with staffing shortage, and I am very well aware of this, having worked in different places and seen this first hand.

There is a lot that I have no control over and even more things I won't be able to change… However I can try and learn to do both jobs well. I am in control of how I will be treating my co-workers and I can try and keep the lines of communication open between us. And make sure my residents are well taken care of, because ultimately this is what matters, not so much how I am feeling... and hope things will change for the better in the long run.


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