Friday, July 20, 2012
Failure to be Unrealistic
I hate to fail! If I decide to do something, I want to do it well. Be the BEST!
Every year at my job, an agency comes in to review our files. It is well known that their expectations are unrealistic but it gets to me every time.
Don't get me wrong. On the outside, the requirements make sense...until they are put into practice.
This year has been no exception. The review did not go well.
The difference is that this year I'm looking at it almost proudly. I still hate to fail but when I step back and look at the reasons that I failed, it makes me feel good.
One of the requirements is to educate the individuals that we serve and their families about medical issues and medications. Since I work with individuals with various disabilities, their comprehension varies too. The two girls that I was reviewed on this year don't communicate verbally and one of them is also blind.
So no, I didn't educate these two girls or their parents on their medical conditions. First of all the facility where they live has 3 full time nurses on staff. What can I say that they can't or don't already say? Neither of them would understand what I was saying anyway and their parents have lived with these conditions all their lives. They already know and don't need to be reminded.
Instead I have been working with the girls' staff to come up with ways to keep them and those around them safe from their self-injury. The girl who is blind did it to herself by hitting herself in the face so frequently and so hard. This year she broke her own nose.
Ironically she hit the reviewer when she was met her.
Instead of trying to do the impossible, I have spent my time with her trying to find ways of keeping her safe and engaged in activities that she enjoys, per her mom's request. Her quality of life is critical to her overall well-being.
So, shame on me, but I think that is more important!
I still hate not doing well at something but in this case, I'm over it.
Have you ever been asked to do something that you don't believe in? How did you handle it?