LTC Nurses... please answer

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    Hey Guys........ LPN here taking classes for RN...... Have to write a speech about issues in health care..... &nbsp;Can be any issue.. So as a fellow LTC nurse, I would like to take a poll from here and the top 3 answers will be what I cover in my speech. &nbsp;So please respond with your honest opinions &amp; concerns<br><br>Thanks so much for your input
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    Staffing shortages/requirements, overuse of anti-psychotics in dementia patients...
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    Transitioning from the LPN role to the RN role could be an interesting topic.
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    What's an adequate but realistic orientation period from mgt's perspective and newbie's expectations?

    Really need to develop BOTH views.
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    Understaffing, violence against nurses, abusive management in LTC.
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    New grads who know nothing about taking care of people; nurses who refuse to change with the times; lack of funding.
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    Lack of funding
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    Why so much hate against new grads? I knew how to take care of people as a new grad. And if it was something totally off the wall that I couldn't deal with myself totally I'd seek help.


    I am soooooo SICK of the hate towards new grads. Get over it. You were new once too! Why so bitter?
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    Quote from JZ_RN
    Why so much hate against new grads? I knew how to take care of people as a new grad. And if it was something totally off the wall that I couldn't deal with myself totally I'd seek help.I am soooooo SICK of the hate towards new grads. Get over it. You
    were new once too! Why so bitter?
    *some* new grads do indeed graduate without knowing how to care for people. But that's not the new grad's fault. That's why jobs have orientation periods. I don't think the schools spend enough time on good, old fashioned hands on care. I think employers should have the or new nurses spend a week doing nothing but aide work as part of their orientation. Of course, this may not be economically feasible. But it would be nice.
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    The education needed by families and residents to better understand the reality of end of life expectations.

    "Yes I know your Momma is 98 years old. I understand she was the best Momma to ever walk the face of the earth. I completely understand that you love her to death. I completely understand that you can't imagine life without her. But, I need you to understand that she has dementia, diabetes, end stage renal disease, lung cancer on and on and on. I need you to understand that keeping her as a full code is only going to force me to go in there eventually and crack that poor sweet Momma's ribs in the futile attempt to "save" her. Please, pleaase, please, let me call hospice in and allow them to assist with a pain controlled peaceful death with dignity. Allow us and the hospice team to help you with this devestating loss that is sure to come shortly".

    Family member: "No. Momma is tough, she can pull thru this. Please send her to the hospital now and let them run a cagillion dollars in test and put her on the most expensive meds known to mankind'.

    It wears me out just thinking of how many times a year I have that conversation. (BTW: I actually do have a pretty good success rate with dealing with end of life issues but sometimes....)
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