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ok, it has been some time since I rambled in the worklife journals... and not for lack of something to say, because there have been many disturbing and frustrating and annoying aspects to this particular job... I guess I got bored with trying to make work interesting to read about... I mean, besides the obnoxious power tripping of incompetent management and scared supervisors, it's a rather uninteresting job... I get here and all the kids are supposed to be asleep... occasionally some are awake and then I'm supposed to be firm and not engage them much because that encourages them to stay awake... most of the time the kids are seeking attention and they just want to be loved, to know someone cares about them (even the ones who already mostly believe nobody does)... my job consists of some paperwork, reviewing medical records, auditing behavioral programs, and making rounds to make sure nobody woke up and did anything they shouldn't be doing overnight... then, in the morning, it's wake up the kids and enourage them to start their day off with a positive attitde and on time... so how many ways can I make that interesting to read about? J

I am finally here in the worklife journal again because I am finally here at work with my laptop... although they have a no laptop policy on the night shift (shhhh)... stupid rule, but then, it's a very mismanaged place in many ways... incompetence rises here... instead of allowing the night shift, who's major task is actually finding ways to stay awake, to find ways to stay awake, management wants night staff to do nothing that might be considered enjoyable... even reading a book or listening to music or playing a gameboy is frowned upon... they've put out official memos about no TV, no laptops, and so on... but they look the other way as most night staff sleep during their lunch/break time... what you have then is a hospital full of very sleepy staff who can barely keep their eyes open who are suppose to be alert and ready for problems...

there are kids here who have serious issues and clinical diagnoses... sex offenders and victims who have a lot of trouble sleeping through the night... offenders who wait up hoping staff will fall asleep or be unattentive as they seek to sneak quiet intimacy with a willing partner... kids here have stolen keys left on desks and run away... and of course eliminating any activity that might help staff stay awake while looking the other way as staff take naps that they never fully wake up from is the answer... I wonder sometimes just what the management here is thinking, if they are thinking at all... what a world...

I started playing cards with my immediate co-workers and they love it (as do I, I love games) and of course other units grumbled because we were awake and smiling and having fun as we did our rounds (after paperwork, of course... I mean, the paperwork can easily be done very meticulously in an hour most nights... until I had immediate co-workers {for a while they wanted us to sit by ourselves in silent hallways with no stimulation... any wonder why the only night staff who has been here for more than a year besides me is the supervisor and one other who apparently can do no wrong as every time I see him he's sleeping... all others were fired within the last year for incidents that occured while they were sitting in the hallway on camera, fast asleep}, I created extra paperwork and when that ran out, I read... reading usually puts me to sleep when I am tired, so I became a caffiene junkie... that was last year... this year if there's nobody to play cards with, well, here I am with my laptop)...

I am hoping that management has passed the stage of playing their power trips with me because I am no longer a new staff (after a couple of years they seem to let people get away with just about anything, even if they don't kiss ass... management likes staff who brown nose a lot... since that isn't my style, they did their best to get rid of me... I suspect part of the reason is they hired me at a higher hourly rate than most of the other staff and they'd rather pay someone a lot less to sit around all night... or maybe they are realizing they have a good staff... most likely it is just a lull in their minimal attention span and they are getting their kicks off power tripping with other staff... after all, they fired a dozen in the last two months, they must be digesting now)...

why do I stay here?

mostly complacency... it's easy and I enjoy some of that I do, which is look after kids and assess behavioral data and read a lot and recently, play cards... allow me the laptop and it's definitely too easy and compatible with my interests and lifestyle to want to leave... I mean, I seldom have ever slept at nights... I am usually up writing... and to get paid for it, well, that's what every writer wants, right? (ok, technically I am not getting paid for the words I write, but then, I've never sought to be published, I just want to write for me and for anyone who might wish to communicate with me)... and still...

if another more interesting and higher paying job came along, it would have to be considerably more interesting or substantially higher paying to convince me to change... but I am always open to suggestion so feel free to recommend anything you might find... I'd probably say yes to most anything over $100,000 a year... and many different jobs over $50,000 a year would draw my attention... it wouldn't have to be anything near my previous experience, I learn very quickly and can get enthused about anything... I mean, just look at how enthued I am about sitting around doing next to nothing all night J

ultimately, I'd like to respect the work and people I work with... give me respect and make sense with your decisions and you'll have a potential workaholic at your disposal... I can manage people, I can work on a team, I can be content in a solitary job... there's a resume below if you're interested...

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welcome back to my worklife J

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