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Lorraine 29th Oct 2011 Activity Coordinator
Hi Pam,
You should not have to go through that at your placement. YOU are NOT a paid worker and the nursing staff/lifestyle staff should be helping you.
The fact that you are going home nearly in tears is not on. They should not yell at you and especially in front of residents, other staff members and visitors. It's bullying otherwise.
I would talk to your training teacher asap and see if you can be moved on or get them to speak with the lifestyle coordinator / staff and Director of Nursing.. You should be enjoying your placement time. It is very sad also that nursing staff in most aged care facilities expect lifestyle staff to be in the lounge all the time except when on breaks.
We also get told if we are to make re arrangements because nursing staff use one of our rooms for there training that it is our problem you figure it out. Just on ending this we had a great meeting with head office and they are informing nursing staff of our position and that nursing staff need to support lifesytle more in assisting residents to activties and nursing need to help also.

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