On the day shift, the mornings were the busiest time at work (getting patients washed, sitting out for breakfast, helping them with their breakfast, preparing some for theatre). Co-operation among staff was pivotal for the morning's work, and indeed the whole days's work. Being visibly frustrated with the pace of work was never helpful to any one individual, or the team for that matter.
Unfortunately our management was not the easiest to get along with and this led to a regular turnover of staff members as many took transfers to other wards when those transfers became available. This in turn meant new people had to be trained and therefore the pace of work was affected.
All of my co-workers were mannerly and approachable, and this made it a comfortable place to work.
It's difficult to recollect a hard part of the job. Although as terrible as it sounds, when some patients I really got on well with were eventually well enough to be discharged, I would almost not want them to go. Therefore I can say that the most enjoyable part of the job was meeting new people and caring for them on a regular basis.
Being asked to work an extra 3 hours just as you are about to finish your shift, although this rarely happened