What It's Like To Be
From postal worker to film producer, what is it like to do what you do?
- Top Story - May 2022
I Worked In Aviation - Lessons I Learnt and Now Apply As An Entrepreneur
My first job after college was in aviation. I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I had to memorise the phonetic alphabet in a day, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to communicate with anyone.
A Day In The Life of a Content Writer At a Design Consulting Agency
As I’m writing this article, I’m heading into one of the busiest work weeks. With all the spare time I have left, I’ll walk you through a day in my work from home life as a content writer and remind my future self how my normal day used to be.
- Top Story - November 2021
How Fighting Perfectionism Allowed Me To Create a Daily Writing Habit!
Becoming an aspiring writer or wanting to better your writing habit can sometimes be tough to maintain. It can feel so daunting when you’re just staring at the blank screen (or page), struggling to write!
By the Light Of The Moon
Many years have passed since I’ve felt authentically like me, except when I’m writing, but not that long ago I remember a time when I felt incredibly capable, confident, and secure within my own skin. I felt as if anything life hurled at me, I could tackle and overcome with Ease and Grace. A few years have passed since then but lately, I’ve noticed my authentic self is coming back. I have to work at it but she’s still there. I think she’s waiting for me to discover her again.
NURSING THROUGH A PANDEMIC
We lost half of our census at the assisted living facility where I was working during the first wave of the pandemic back in March of 2020. Many deaths and many people no longer suitable for assisted living and sent to a skilled nursing facility. I blame the company who owns our facility for the loss of so many of our residents. I blame the hospitals for sending our residents back to our facility with a diagnosis of urinary tract infections when they were infected with COVID. Now, since our census is low, the administrator, also the marketer, is out recruiting new residents and not really caring if they are appropriate for assisted living, as long as there is a body in the bed. The acuity is high, and the facility is staffed for assisted living. The majority of the residents belong in a skilled nursing facility. The staff are doing the work of 3 people at times. Morality is low and, at this point, no one cares, and the residents are being neglected. They are being left soiled with urine and feces for hours at a time. Their call bells are being ignored. Medications aren’t being reordered on time, so they go, sometimes days without necessary medications. There is no chain of command regarding management of nursing staff. Everyone just comes to work for a paycheck. Going through the motions of a work day, not really caring if they’re late to work, calling out frequently, defiantly declaring what they’re NOT going to do even if it’s part of their work assignment, talking on their phones while passing out medications or giving care, sleeping on the job, and just being insubordinate, confrontational, and being complete and utter, for lack of a better word, assholes. Administration is useless. You can report how badly the residents are being neglected, or how poorly someone is doing their job, but it falls on deaf ears. I don’t know if it’s the staff’s intimidating and confrontational attitudes about almost EVERYTHING that has the administrator afraid to say anything to them or she just doesn’t care about anything but making a buck by filling beds and saving a buck by cutting back staff. All I know is that people’s loved ones are being promised services that we simply cannot provide. The staff just doesn’t care. I’m doing everything that I’ve learned over the 35 years I’ve been working in nursing but to no avail. I always get arguments and confrontation from uneducated, ignorant people. I have the personality type which, even though I know I’m right, I can be almost bullied into doubting everything I do or say. Doubting my own intelligence. It’s so frustrating that people are so ignorant they don’t even see that I’m intelligent and know my job. They question me, undermine me, and plain old ignore me. Justifiably, though, since administration NEVER backs me up with anything. A resident died because everyone ignored my concerns. Her death was attributed to “old age” but she was completely healthy the day before, as healthy as she could be, but nowhere near death. She choked on food in her sleep after I reported repeatedly that I was finding her asleep with food in her mouth frequently and was afraid she would choke. In addition to finding her dead with food in her mouth, she was ice cold and in rigor mortis, so, even though she was on every 2 hour checks for safety, she had been dead for quite some time. The nursing assistant assigned to check on her obviously didn’t really check on her all night. She was face down in the bed, face was blue from livor mortis. Her tongue was hanging out, lips deep purple, almost black, and nose, pushed to the side in a grotesque manner. She resembled a peat bog mummy I saw on television once. I was horrified. It really stayed with me for weeks. I was told by the director of nursing not to tell anyone how I found her. I knew it was from these lazy, neglectful staff members. I knew it was from being ignored when I expressed a concern just two days before her death about her mouth being filled with food from the 3-11 shift. I wrote it on the 24 hour report for everyone to read and to check that she didn’t fall asleep with food in her mouth. Completely ignored by everyone. So now, there’s a dead resident on my watch. I was devastated. I really liked that resident. She lived in my hometown and we knew the same people. Even distantly connected by marriage. Not one blessed soul at that facility was held accountable. It was swept under the rug, and forgotten.
9 Important Things You Need To Know About Working In A Hotel
Are you thinking of working in a hotel? There is overwhelming information online about different aspects of working in a hotel as a receptionist, host or hostess.
5 Life Lessons I've Learned as an Actor
I don't talk about my life as an actor enough on this website. I've revealed some things: like the time I worked with my celebrity crush in a student film or the high school drama teacher who inspired me to pursue theatre. But I don't talk about the day-to-day things, what this life is like. Y'know...the juicy behind-the-scenes stuff I keep a secret from y'all.
Watching the SLP.
When most people think of a classroom substitute they think of a substitute teacher. Likely a college student trying to make ends meet who babysits some kids doing a premade assignment until the bell rings. That isn't exactly what substitutes do, they certainly do more, however this isn't my job title. I'm a substitute paraprofessional, also called a substitute teacher's aide and I work almost exclusively in special needs classrooms helping teachers and students.
Speaking for the Dead
I love my job because it is unique. If someone asks me what I do they had better be prepared to listen to me talk about it for a while, because once I start talking I may never shut up.
- Top Story - August 2021
What Working in the Film & TV Industry is Really Like
Working in an industry that the world views as glamorous has quite its perks. However, it has more downsides to its pros. It also has a dark side.
A writer is born
My first ever written publication, although I use that phrase loosely, was in the Metro News. The local advertiser "delivered free to every household" in Manchester, from the people who brought you Manchester Evening News. Something had annoyed me! I wrote a letter. But it never got published! But somebody else's wimpy letter on the same subject did!
Writing for the Dead
The first time my writing was published was in 1993, when I was the circulation manager for a small weekly newspaper in Detroit. The full-time reporters considered the job of writing death notices to be beneath them, and shoved it off onto me.