We all get interrupted during our work day. However, there are some staff members that do not seem to understand it is not OK to interrupt therapy because there is a movie in activities or a prayer meeting will be in a half hour.
This is what I want to do: Turn the movie off in activities and tell my patients they need to get down to therapy and then go interrupt the pastor during his sermon to announce that therapy will be available after the last Amen. I am sure they would be as pleased as I am about the interruption.
So what do I really have to do? Smile, nod my head and not interrupt them because somehow their services are more important. In every facility I have been in we are cautioned about not removing patients from activities. So when I wait for an hour until Bingo is over and get a refusal from the patient, I am asked why I am in the facility so long with poor productivity.
I sound cynical but I am not. I recognize that patients are in the facility and often need an outlet to take their minds off their situation. Entertainment works to forget the pain they may be in. And the power of prayer has been known to work for more patients than I can count. I just wish more consideration would be used when other staff members come to our therapy door and make a general announcement to everyone there.