I Miss LTC

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    I miss:

    The autonomy. NURSING home means the nurses run it, pretty much.

    Relationships with my residents.

    Not being called off for low census. Being valued.

    Being a boss.

    Not being a waitress.

    No drug-seekers admitted for a week-long whine fest of undiagnosable back pain and morphine. I can't stand the drug-seekers. I don't care if you wanna get high but not on my shift. I am not here to throw every drug and potentiator at you while you drool, ask for a Coke and rate your pain a 10 while changing the channel to Judge Judy from Dr. Phil.

    Meh. I'm wondering if I'm really cut out to be a nurse at all.
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    In what area of nursing are you working these days, Sue?

    We've been missing you. :redpinkhe
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    Ortho. But we get a lot of med/surg spillover. And I hate it. I picked up days to help them out and was the first one called off for census today. Tees me right off.
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    I hear you about the annoyance of getting called off/cancelled due to low census. I work at a rehab hospital and being called off is a routine occurrence when census is down.

    However, I also maintain a PRN job at a LTC facility. The shifts in LTC come in handy when the rehab hospital has been slashing hours to the bone. In addition, the work at the LTC facility is much lower-pressure and less intense.
    prettyinblu and scoochy like this.
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    I think I may go to hospice. I am probably well suited to that by temperment and belief system. See, here I got called off but am required to hang around on stand-by with no pay but ready to go in should they need me. I don't think so.
    VivaLasViejas, DutchRN09, DogWmn, and 2 others like this.
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    I'm in the same boat Sue, I have to call in 2 hours before every shift I've signed up for to see if they need me and then if I get called off I still have to be available for an additional 4 hours - no pay. Since I'm working as a patient sitter right now the pay to begin with is really low.

    I've also considered Hospice, the older I get the more atractive it gets and is a good place for LPN's. But with all the changes in the health care system, I'm wondering how those visits are going to be financed? There's a hospice house less than a mile from me and I'm tempted to go visit to see if they've any openings but it's in house and really tiny, no benefits - not like I have them now but I will once my 6 month sentence is over and I can apply to full time work.

    Decades ago I loved Ortho, but we didn't get spill over as we were rural enough with lots of outdoor activities that kept us full up and back then we had tons of lower back pains in tractions for weeks on end.

    Soooo Howz TX??????????
    SuesquatchRN likes this.
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    Quote from DogWmn
    back then we had tons of lower back pains in tractions for weeks on end.

    Soooo Howz TX??????????
    If we put 'em in traction I doubt we'd get so many and census, census, census.

    I love TX. Whoda thunk!
    VivaLasViejas and DogWmn like this.
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    Hi Sue
    I think you would be great in hospice. I have thought would like hospice my self.
    Please don't think you aren't cut out to be a nurse. You are an awesome nurse . I have missed you
    IowaKaren and SuesquatchRN like this.
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    See, here I got called off but am required to hang around on stand-by with no pay but ready to go in should they need me. I don't think so.

    Omg, that would tick me off in a hot minute for sure. I would never agree to that either. Sorry you have to put up with such nonsense. Sounds like your' facility is determined to have their and and eat it too. My girlfriend works hospice and she absolutely loves it compared to the other nursing jobs she's had in the past. I hope things start to look up for you soon.

    Best wishes.
    SuesquatchRN likes this.
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    See, here I got called off but am required to hang around on stand-by with no pay but ready to go in should they need me. I don't think so.
    No pay? Nope, sorry ... call me off and I'm doing my own thing for the day! (Of course, I can't really say that, the Army owns me 24 x 7. But still.)
    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.


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