depressed about new ltc job - page 3

I'm a new grad as of May 2010. Of course, there are few jobs in my area, so I'm trilled when offered a position in LTC. I recently finished my first week alone and hated it. All I do is pass meds all... Read More

  1. Visit  GLORIAmunchkin72 profile page
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    It's basically the same med pass we had before but instead of strict times we have guidelines (before breakfast, afterbreakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before supper and after supper, before bedtime and bedtime. Since I work 2-10:30 pm I am not really all that familiar with the day shift medpass. On second shift we 'count' and get a brief report, then I take time to review the MAR, TAR and BM list, then I go on to stock my cart, do snacks, take vitals. The before supper time is supposed to start around 4pm and end around 5:30. I usually have time to help feed unless it's a hectic day, take my supper around 6pm, return around 6:30; the 'after supper' meds end about 7:30 and after that it's before bedtime and bedtime. Sometimes the after supper and before bedtime run together (it can't always be avoided) and sometimes the before bedtime and bedtime run together. It sounds complicated but it's really not. You don't have to 'sweat it' like before when a med was due at 9pm and at 9:15 you haven't given it yet. And that is nice...
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  2. Visit  WhiteScrubs profile page
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    Quote from GLORIAmunchkin72
    It's basically the same med pass we had before but instead of strict times we have guidelines (before breakfast, afterbreakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before supper and after supper, before bedtime and bedtime. Since I work 2-10:30 pm I am not really all that familiar with the day shift medpass. On second shift we 'count' and get a brief report, then I take time to review the MAR, TAR and BM list, then I go on to stock my cart, do snacks, take vitals. The before supper time is supposed to start around 4pm and end around 5:30. I usually have time to help feed unless it's a hectic day, take my supper around 6pm, return around 6:30; the 'after supper' meds end about 7:30 and after that it's before bedtime and bedtime. Sometimes the after supper and before bedtime run together (it can't always be avoided) and sometimes the before bedtime and bedtime run together. It sounds complicated but it's really not. You don't have to 'sweat it' like before when a med was due at 9pm and at 9:15 you haven't given it yet. And that is nice...
    What state are you in? What about meds that are supposed to be q12hr or q6hr apart? Narcotics? Everything, really? I'm just surprised that this would be within regs according to state survey... how long have you been doing this? I'm skeptical, but it sure does sound nice...
  3. Visit  GLORIAmunchkin72 profile page
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    Like I said before, certain meds have specific times but fortunately not all of them.
  4. Visit  TheMediaLies profile page
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    You said it caliotter3. I worked LTC along time as a CNA and as an LVN and if you can't hack it in a SNF passing out meds and doing treatments , what makes you think you can get hired by the big bad hospitals if you're already talking about quitting? Pay your dues(2-5 years in your resume?), be patient, and look for your opportunities.
    LPNBearColumbus likes this.


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