Working in the caring profession definitely has some benefits since at least once in a while you get to see the fruit of your labour.

Someone you offered some sort of care to is grateful, or their family and friends are appreciative of something you contributed to, which now leaves that person or persons in an improved position.

When this happens and you know you were instrumental in improving that person’s health or quality of life it’s an amazingly rewarding feeling and one that you’re unlikely to forget.

Sadly however there are many experiences as a nurse, or social worker where people don’t get better; where people are unsatisfied and even angry about what you have or have not done in relation to them. หาคนดูแล

In such circumstances, although your prime reason in getting into that field of work was to help, care and make a positive difference in the lives of others, you realise that you are often actually a target for verbal and physical abuse.

It may also dawn on you, that you work for an organisation who will have some sort of reputation in the eyes of your clients and you will often be seen in the same light, even though you only want to do the best you can for them.

Whilst the above may be acknowledged by your organisation or employer, it is often considered that you have a special calling or fitness for this work, which is thought to provide you with the intrinsic satisfaction you need to do the job.

It’s therefore argued that your job is different from other people’s and basically that any abuse you experience, together with the stress and pressures of the job are compensated for or offset by the belief that your role offers inherent satisfaction.

Additionally, because you are committed to the welfare and wellbeing of your clients, you will invariably be reluctant to do things which are inconsistent with whatever is in their interests, even though it places you in some personal jeopardy and inconvenience.

For these reasons you may find yourself frequently being taken advantage of by your employers who will expect you to do things without much regard for your feelings, safety and principles.

Under such circumstances how can you begin to take care of yourself?

I think the first thing to acknowledge is how you are feeling.

If you are feeling stressed and put upon that is probably a good indicator of what’s been happening.

Seek support from those who offer it to you, assess what the risks are and decide what you are prepared to accept. Frequently your ability to take care of yourself is hampered by your sense of self worth, which is tied up with your role. Do not let others decide your self worth.

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