Worker seeks op­por­tu­ni­ties

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For the past year, I have been work­ing as a li­censed nurs­ing as­sis­tant, tak­ing care of res­i­dents. I love the pa­tients, and I’ve got­ten very close to them. But the fa­cil­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion it­self doesn’t work with em­ploy­ees to meet their needs. I have re­quested to work morn­ing shifts for months now be­cause my man gets out at 4 p.m. and I want to be able to spend my nights with him and my fam­ily or friends. I’ve made mul­ti­ple re­quests, and the ad­min­is­tra­tors can’t seem to work around my sched­ule. After a few weeks, I started look­ing at other op­tions for my ca­reer. There is a job that could pay me more and still of­fer ben­e­fits. Should I ex­pand my op­por­tu­ni­ties and leave?

Dear An­nie: — A Girl Try­ing to Make a Liv­ing

I think the an­swer is in your ques­tion. You said that leav­ing this job would mean ex­pand­ing your op­por­tu­ni­ties. If the po­si­tion you’re con­sid­er­ing makes sense as a ca­reer move go for it.


Re­cently, I printed a let­ter from “Over­whelmed in Michi­gan,” who com­plained that his wife doesn’t help enough around the house. His let­ter hit a nerve, it seems, as I re­ceived many re­sponses from read­ers. Here are a few of my fa­vorites.

Dear Read­ers:

“Over­whelmed in Michi­gan” hit home! I’m 67 and grate­ful ev­ery day for the good for­tune of liv­ing to en­joy my re­tire­ment. “Over­whelmed” ap­pears to be a worka­holic. The com­plaint against his wife and niece re­lates to a scene at the end of the movie “Mary Pop­pins.” Maybe “Over­whelmed” needs to say “let’s go fly a kite” with his wife be­fore it’s too late.

Dear An­nie: — En­joy­ing Re­tire­ment

You’re not the only one who thought “Over­whelmed” should go fly a kite. Read on.

Dear En­joy­ing Re­tire­ment:

I am writ­ing to “Over­whelmed in Michi­gan.” My wife is the same — a bit neg­li­gent around the house but at­ten­tive in her re­la­tion­ships with loved ones. If her kids call and need a baby sit­ter, she goes in­stead of clean­ing the house. We had a close friend who had can­cer, and my wife or­ga­nized all our friends to be there for her and was al­ways ready to do what­ever was needed. Ev­ery­one thinks she’s the most won­der­ful per­son in the world. And you know what? So do I. Mr. Over­whelmed, if your wife wants to go fly a kite with the grand­kids, put down your tools and join her.

Dear An­nie: — Hap­pily Mar­ried in New Hamp­shire Dear Hap­pily Mar­ried:

Beau­ti­fully said. Thanks for writ­ing.

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