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redrobin62
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28 Jun 2013, 10:20 pm

I'm a nurse in a nursing home. Most, if not all, of the aides and nurses are foreign-born. I guess Americans shy from these jobs because they're "over the top" stressful. I wish there were accommodations for spectrumites but that doesn't exists. Simply put, I took the job because I need the money to pay the rent.

Everyone's the boss where I work. You don't get a break all day. There are people everywhere. Residents are constantly screaming, yelling and wheeling their chairs into the walls or each other. Call-bells and lights are constantly buzzing. The distractions can easily cause you to make a med error. Your work load is heavy.

When I leave at the end of the day, I'm so drained and tired, I just want to go home and sleep. I don't feel this occupation is conducive to my mental health but I don't have a choice. Yes, I drink, but I feel there's no way I could give that up. I know that's destructive, but I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place.



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28 Jun 2013, 11:25 pm

I feel you, and it sucks. I have it easier because I only work part time time and do get breaks, but I feel so drained from my job quite often. I tip my beer to you...



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29 Jun 2013, 1:11 am

Thanks. I don't generally ask for help (Aspie Pride, I guess). I feel like I am drowning, though.



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29 Jun 2013, 9:45 am

Hi redrobin62,

Sorry to hear you're having difficulties with your job. I guess it's difficult for there to be accommodations when the nature of the job is already stressful. Have you looked into trying to change jobs?


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29 Jun 2013, 10:27 pm

Hi WrongWay. Yes. Over the past 20-something years I've worked at McDonald's and various other job sites. All were entry level and never paid enough to get me an apartment. The money I also made as a recording engineer and band member wasn't enough so, by default, I always ended back up in nursing.

This thread should probably be in The Haven because it seems like I'm on a collision course to my own defeat.