my first job was in ltc, i was a nurses aide, over the years became a cna and a pca and a hhca...home health care aide working with people in their homes that had challenges with adls, we did meds and took them to school and dr's appts and cleaned their houses and washed their clothes and bathed them and grocery shopped, im now an lpn recently...june and working on my rn online...i so to speak have done it all, i am 43 and worked after becomming licensed in a hospital med surg floor and loved having only 5-6 pts, a computer and a pixis...lol it was great, however i left and went back to where i started ltc...im very busy most days and find it difficult to do all that is expected of me but i try....i love it and wish my body would cooperate...lol im day shift. im planning on going 11p till 730a for obvious reasons....legs back feet...lol the charting is time consuming and when you sit to do it, someone always has other ideas thus seeing you sitting there, i feel nursing on any level is vital to any person needing to be nursed. we are a team and we spend our days trying to help others. just like a tree is a tree, a nurse is a nurse. flo didnt discriminate. she took care of soldiers men women children etc etc.....my mom always said theres way to many chiefs and not enough indians, i now know exactly what she meant. i love my title i worked hard to obtain...yet i still like to answer call bells and potty my residents if i can, helps me remember why i wanted to be in this field to begin with. so to any and all nurses everywhere be proud of what you do and who you are....because the people you care for everyday regardless of where really appreciate you and need your tlc no matter what title you have embedded on your name tag.
peace, love & happiness to all and have a spooky ooky halloween :heartbeat