I am new to posting here but have frequently looked up topics of interest and
have always felt so much better after reading all the great posts, words of
advice and sympathy, and some really great funny stories.
A basic introduction: I am an LPN, licensed since '05, and have always worked in LTC. I love it.
Current job is on a secure unit with Alzheimer's/geri-psych patients. What
I DON'T love is the patient load. One nurse, 37 patients. I work 3-11 and
at least 5-6 of my patients aggressively sundown each afternoon. All but
about 6 take meds crushed...and ALL require slow approach and lots of TLC
to get them to take the meds at all. You all know the routine. Just to
do my all to keep the patients as safe as I can and to get the meds passed
means I am running all night, and still frequently have at least 3 incidents
to report because of the behavior issues. There has been talk in the past
about running 2 nurses on days and evenings, but it has never happened yet;
I doubt it ever will happen because of the additional cost.
What I would love to see happen is Florida Statutes be amended. Current
maximum nurse/patient ratio is 1:40. I strongly believe that in any skilled
nursing home a ratio of 1:30 is more realistic. Today I started trying
to research how to start a petition in order to change this. Anyone have
any experience or advice to share? I would appreciate it.