And we’re thrilled!
You may recall my periodic whining about his formerly great, newly rotten job as a CNA on the locked dementia unit at the local state veterans’ home. Insane overtime (days off increasingly rare), violent residents, lax security. Our social life has been in the toilet and his few days off are dedicated to catching up on laundry, dishes, and sleep. House and yard are a mess. Hobbies have fallen by the wayside.
Long story short, after a particularly trying double shift Mr. S had had it. Went to a nursing temp agency about which he had heard good things, and after talking to him, they thought he would be a good fit for the infirmary in a state prison near us, doing personal care for critically ill inmates. Apparently they have trouble finding people to work in a prison, go figure! But . . .
[li]Minimum 32 hours a week, can pick up more hours but overtime must be approved. Can be worked in two 16-hour shifts. So work two (long) days, be off 5. Sweet! Currently he is working 50- to 60-hour weeks, or more.[/li]
[li]Security guards RIGHT THERE to open up a can of whoop-ass if needed. Staff safety is the number one priority, and is handled in terms of preventing problems, not reacting to them. At the veterans’ home, you wait for a resident to attack you, THEN call security and see (1) how long they take to show up and (2) if they’ll even do anything. I’m confident that he’ll be much safer at the new job.[/li]
[li]Same pay, full bennies after 60 days, NO weekends or holidays (unless he chooses to work them), he chooses which days/shifts he works each week. Right now he is basically a slave. He’s supposed to have every other weekend off, but for the last several months he’s had to work at least one day of that “off” weekend. Has had to work all holidays. His regular shift is the PM (afternoon/evening) shift, so no evening activities on his workdays. We can never plan for his days off (buy tickets, make reservations, etc.) because he can and does get slapped with mandatory overtime on a regular basis.[/li][/ul]
I asked Dr. QtM what he thought about the job and the facility, and he said, “Go for it!” So big thanks to Dr. Q for the vote of confidence.
We are so stoked! He’s turning in his resignation today, two weeks’ notice. We’ll have weekends and evenings back! We can have a social life! Cook dinner together! He can work on the house and take classes! Play the guitar! SLEEP! It will not take an act of Congress to get a day off!
This is the day we have been waiting for!