|Sunday, 17 August 2008 ||
I am a registered nurse working in aged care. Since June 2004 I have worked for an organisation that has used bullying tactics from the highest level of management. This bullying has allowed residents to be bullied and their rights ignored...
When I would question medication orders that were not clinically indicated, were 4 times more than the normal starting dose, or in some other way advocate for the residents in my care I was bullied, discriminated, and harrased. I was even told that it was not my role to be an advocate for residents by a senior service manager in front of my manager.
Despite my taking this to the CEO and following whistle blower policy, I have not been told that it is my role to be an advocate. I resigned this week after being off work from this organisation for 10 months. I continually said that the only suitable duties that I required was that I be treated fairly. The responses I got was either silence, how do we do this? When I suggested "by following policies", I was told "no" that was still no guarantee.
I only bring this to your attention to improve aged care services. I have nothing to gain. In fact, I would be far better off to just leave aged care and return to the disability sector where rights are respected more.
Unless there is a huge paradigm shift in aged care services and their delivery I will certainly take the option of voluntary euthanasia when my time comes to need residential aged care. To end one's last days at the mercy of some of the current staff in aged care would be a living hell.