the neverending med pass - page 4
I work 7p-7a and the 8p med pass went beyond being ridiculous a long time ago. Amidst the regular falls, elopement attempts, fighting (yes fighting), irate family members, and calling the MD... Read More
Oct 18, '09Quote from CapeCodMermaidMean, just meanYou'd be better off asking for a book on English.
Oct 19, '09I'm new in LTC - in fact still orienting and I have seen what you all are talking about. It took me until 1:00 to pass 8:00 meds. I like the idea of getting pharmacy to decrease BIDs to QD where possible. What else can be done? Can we get new laws passed that demand better nurse to patient ratios and review of polypharmacy on a regular basis? It seems to me if we want new laws we better do it now under the current governmental administration.
Oct 19, '09The current governmental administration is cutting funding to nursing homes so don't expect any new regulations for patient to staff ratio.
Oct 19, '09Quote from CapeCodMermaidThe current governmental administration is cutting funding to nursing homes so don't expect any new regulations for patient to staff ratio.
I've noticed that the government is great, though, at cutting funding and then mandating more care.
Jul 7, '11Obviously, management has failed most of the nurses who have replied to this thread. As an administrator, I do my best to listen to what my staff is telling me.
All of the jobs in a nursing home are busy and hectic. It is an overwhelming job for any person, no matter whether you are a CNA, licensed nurse, office manager, activities, etc. Sometimes, it is not as easy as it would seem for the management staff to change things so that what occurs in the nursing home is most beneficial to the residents and staff.
Some days I go home feeling like I failed both staff and residents, so please understand that management is nearly as powerless some days as you are. With the current regulatory environment, this feeling of dissatisfaction is just part of the job. However, I enjoy the residents so much that I cannot imagine doing anything different.
The government could make a big difference for all of us if they would ease up on regulations and actually allow for resident choice. Hopefully, this will get better as time goes on. For those of you who can, please stay in the LTC field! We need good nurses! We really do!