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BRITOMART Posts: 8,126
2/24/14 8:34 A

I agree with Diane7786; a record of interactions is the best evidence. Save your texts if you can, and try to make as many communications as possible in a form you can preserve.

Bottom line, you are there to do the best job you can; if your support doesn't support you, then things need to change, for the good of the clients, as well as your own continued sanity. My guess is, push comes to shove, you are the employee your management would rather keep...

DIANE7786 Posts: 4,871
2/22/14 7:07 A

The good news is the floater is moving to the day shift so you no longer have to put up with her nonprofessional behavior. I suggest documenting all incidents for future reference but not talking to your supervisor. Sometimes that backfires. Most businesses have more supervisors and other employees on first shift. The floater may be a better employee when more eyes are on her. Or all those eyes will be able to build a case to fire her.

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2/21/14 10:44 A


The floater sounds unprofesional. That's why you need to make sure that every incident is documented so that you are covered in case something comes back to haunt you or the rest of the staff. Safety really is paramount.

Be as professional as possible and try not to stress out. If you find work getting really overwhelming, then it's time for a "time out". Take a five minute walk around the block if it's safe. Some times literally walking away from a stressful situation can help. If you can't get out, sit and sip a cup of tea. Drinking tea can help reduce stress. Blog/write out your feelings. When you're done, you can delete the file or recycle the paper. Writing helps reduce stress.

Basically, you need to find ways to vent your stress that don't involve food. I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. if a person can reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.

taking deep breathes helps too.

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2/21/14 4:17 A

I would be inclined to make a statement to your supervisor because there could be potential for something serious if it is not addressed. Safety is paramount.


KMFITZ721 Posts: 89
2/21/14 3:41 A

First, I should say I work 3rd shift at a residential treatment facility and work currently with 11 behaviorally challenged preteen and teenage girls. (The home I work in holds up to 12 girls). I have been working at this organization in different roles since 2001 and can handle most situations without help, but will ask if needed. This home is located next door to another home that holds 12 behaviorally challenged teenage boys, which currently only has 6 clients in it. Because these 2 homes has such a high population in them we have an individual who is suppose to go between the 2 homes and help as needed per state law.

I came in tonight for my shift and it was chaos (nothing unusual about this). It was about 11pm before all got settled down and almost 1 am before day staff finished paperwork and could leave. I asked for the float person to come over from the boys home so I could get caught up with my paperwork and have them do the 15 minute bed checks so I can hurry up with the paperwork and start laundry. The float not only texted me back basically seeing if was an emergency but also texted the day staff to see as well. This annoyed me. It's been 2 1/2 hours since I last responded to her saying that I just needed to get a little help to get caught up and still haven't seen or heard from the float. This has officially gotten me upset and had to fight the urge to be immature and text them back a very nasty text.

I asked her the previous night to come over so I could clean the toilet, because someone left bodily fluids on the seat, in the staff bathroom (because I can't the alarm system very well in there and have clients who will AWOL) at 1 am and didn't hear from the float until 5 am. By this time I had cleaned it. The float came over to tell me that they are moving to day shift and this was their last week on nights. Then started complaining about another home at the organization we work at and made some comments I took as being racists about some of the clients (I will not post them to avoid drama or someone thinking this is the way I believe) there and how she would quit if she didn't get assigned to the home with just 6 clients.

I know I need to email our supervisor about these incidents to my supervisor because I know these will cause some bigger issues on days when you have a fast pace, around the clients more, and increased negative behaviors from them. I just don't want to start drama especially because I haven't spoken to this individual and am not able to in a professional manner currently.

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