Went to my ex-LTCF today to visit with a couple of my favorite residents. When I got there, I found that a lot of the residents were down with a stomach virus.
When the evening nurse saw me, she asked me to go in and try to get 'M' to get up for supper, as M was one of my 'special' residents, and this evening nurse can't get along with her (I personally feel that's the nurses' fault, but that's another story). So I went into M's room and found her confused, her face was hotter than heck. I talked to her awhile, and she said she'd had some broth and jello. IMO, that lady had no business out of her bed and into a dining room with other residents who may not have gotten it yet.
Before I left, I went to the evening nurse and told her how I had found my friend - well, this gal tried to argue with me - she told me that M didn't have a temp.
Well, this place is known for having crappy, unreliable equipment, but isn't that something any nurse is taught? DON'T depend on the machines - use your hands and eyes?
That was always my quarrel with this particular nurse - she's worked there for 20 years, and by gosh, no one is going to tell her anything!!
I'll bet as soon as I left they made M go to the dining room!