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Nellie50

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Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:03 am

I work in an Aged care facility and it appears to be just gossip and conflict, there is a couple who like to rock the boat but wont admit to there wrong doings. Due to a recent incident which staff where blaming me for, i informed the manager it wasnt me told him what i was told, when the person was asked did she hear this particular thing said she said yes and would nt tell him who said it. do I look like a liar?

I am just over it and considering moving on

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Mar 02, 2011, 06:21 pm

Hi Nellie.
Answer to your question .. Oh yes.. And I think more so then any other workplace that I have ever worked in, and I have worked since the age of 15 will be 55 in June. worked in age care now for over a year. I try and keep my head down bum up. Break times I am friendly but I do keep a distance smokers tend to stick in their area. I stay in staff room with air con with me nose in a book. When one is blamed for something you didn't do well .. OK not knowing the details on incident, was a mountain made out of a mole hill.. was it so serious and yes I hate the blame game to report .

I myself have struggled at times wondering why I work in age care. Why is it that some carers can be so dam nasty.. I guess they have been working too long in age care there heart is no longer in it, only working because they cant find other employment.
Hang in Nellie as I am doing my plan is to do community nursing when I get some runs up on the board.

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Mar 04, 2011, 08:26 am

Hi, thanks for your reply. So it appears it is the norm I am so taken back how the gossip gets around from one shift to another. I have contemplated moving to another facility but will probably find the same thing. When I am everyone seems to point the finger and whilst it may be something minor by the timeit gets to the boss its bigger than ben hur and he hears so many fabricated stories. I have being in aged care for 2 years now I sometimes do a t/leader role and have being on the receiving end when it had nothing to do with me and you have to defend yourself, but i have floor staff will cover for another to get away with others taking the blame. I am looking at going back to comminity nursing but you have to get the hours thats the only problem. Thanks for your input very much appreciated.

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Mar 30, 2011, 04:50 pm

oh wow i thought it was just bad at the facility where i worked .. unfortunately it seems to be the normal thing. Hang in there... dont pay any attention to the gossipers just do your job... and go home at the end of the day knowing you did your job and made the residents happy.

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Mar 31, 2011, 08:56 pm

Absolutely that is what it is all about the residents

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Apr 25, 2011, 09:10 pm

If you are having problems with staff reporting you for stuff take my advice along with keeping your bum up and head down document everything they say in a personal diary with dates and copies of any statements that are made plus copies of w3hat your manager says- hopefully you won't need it but staying out of the way does not always work if they really want you out of the place no matter how careful you are.

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Apr 30, 2011, 05:18 pm Last edited Apr 30, 2011, 05:18 pm update #1

I dont think its just aged care. Everywhere ive worked with alot of women particularly there is bitchiness and gossip.

modified: Saturday 30 April 2011 5:19:14 pm - carol

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Jun 07, 2011, 10:20 pm

Nellie I feel sad for you. I have had bad experiences in Aged Care facilities. Regis Camberwell and Ringwood are the worst. Very strange all the minorities from various countries seem to rule the roost. They are are very personable with the White Australian nurses because they cant bully them. Usually they bully and harass their own country folk or another migrant worker. They should be given training in these areas and the RNs should be alert about cliques.
Best Nursing Home I have worked in as agency Nurse was Dorking Hostel in Box Hill area. Worked in Basscare several months ago and the RN on that particular shift think her name was Urmila dominated the whole area and got me to do more than my share of work. It was awful. She was a bully.
I have so many bad experiences I hope my luck will change and I will be able to find a really nice place to work in.

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Jun 08, 2011, 07:43 pm

@NotYourWhippingBoy1968

I'm sorry to hear about your expiriences however I do not believe that race contributes to being treated badly. I dont think it matters if you're white, africian, indian etc unfortunity it happens in some work places . Goodluck with your job search.

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Jun 09, 2011, 11:43 am

I completed my cert III in aged care in 2009 and gained employment were I conducted my placements but this place was out of control with the clicks senior nursing staff did try to improve situations but I did find that age care has been the worst for this. I have since left and returned to study to a gateway to nursing course and will begin Diploma of nursing in july and would rather help the resident/patient to the best of my ability.
I love my residents and get very upset the way some staff bitch about the residents and can't understand why they are still in the same job.
Hope it works out for you

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Jun 10, 2011, 01:29 pm

Thankyou to all who has replied, it appears to be its the norm, why is it though when you are not the person spreading the gossip but if you unseemly get caught up in it you get the blame, who can you trust? I dont trust any of my collegues because you just dont know who is who and they will turn on you like snakes what is the answer finding another facility and its worse. I get really stressed over it and just at my wits ends.

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Jun 10, 2011, 05:45 pm

Race, religion has nothing to do with BITCHING!! I am NOT white Australian and I can say that racism are confined only to the ignorant. If you're an RN, stand your ground and know your rights. Its usually the junior staff that bitch a lot more because they seem to think that everyone's picking on them or that life have dealt them a bad hand...never realising that their destiny has always been in their own hands

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Jun 10, 2011, 09:56 pm

I work with non australians and I think they are the nicest people and always polite I love working with them, no Racism does not play a part in my book and I am a mature senior staff member and hate when they are put down.

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Jun 12, 2011, 11:07 am

Does anyone know is there policies in place withing the Aged Care Sector to be terminated for gossiping

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Jul 06, 2011, 12:29 pm

Hi, I totally agree with NotYourWhippingBoy1968 "Usually they bully and harass their own country folk or another migrant worker". I worked in Regis Cranbourne for 3 years as a PCA and in the last year i was appointed to do Medication Administrator. One of the PCA from my own country "folk", was very jealous of my position. She being a senior staff (PCA) was constantly insticating that PCA Meds girl to rush with the Medication round in order to help more on the floor. She was intimating me and ordering me around like her maid, constantly spying on me (more like breathing down my neck) with what i do during my shifts. I ended making 2 minor medication mistakes due to stress. Spoke to the RN but nothing was done. One day she yelled at me infront of the residents and family members because i complained to the RN again about her