Umm...I will have 47 residence to care for !!!!! - page 7

I am oreintating as a new grad for the 3-11pm shift. I have found out that I will be doing all the meds, charting and treatments for all 47 of them. Is this even legal? The unit manager doesn't help... Read More

  1. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    I work second shift and on a normal night (or evening, depending on how you want to call it) we have 2 Qs (qualified med aid), 6 cnas and 1 lpn and 1 rn on the healthcare part of the nursing home. The 2 Qs do all the medpass except for the bloodsugars and they all do all the txs except for invasive ones. And there are nights when our nurses get swamped with paper work and telephone calls. Imagine what it would be like if they didn't have 2 Qs to do their medpass?...
    Last edit by GLORIAmunchkin72 on Mar 16, '07
  2. by   BigB
    I did leave LTC and it was the best choice I could of ever made. My stress level, BP, and atitude is much better now. I actually love working in psych nursing. The ratio is night and day what LTC was.
  3. by   shnaples
    Why do nurses put up with these kind of working conditions? If we all stuck together and said, "enough is enough" maybe things would change. Maybe like if we had a strong union!
  4. by   jjjoy
    Quote from shnaples
    Why do nurses put up with these kind of working conditions? If we all stuck together and said, "enough is enough" maybe things would change. Maybe like if we had a strong union!
    Many nurses don't put up with these conditions and then the facilities blame their inability to find willing nurses on the "nursing shortage" and lobby for overseas nurse recruitment.

    Also, most places have the same understaffed conditions so even if you quit one place, the next likely won't be better. There might be a few really well-staffed facilities out there and I'd imagine the turnover would be low.
  5. by   Twix
    Men, I should show this site to one of our nurse that always complain about her work load on 2p -10p shift, she has 20 patients, 2 CNAs and a CMA, 5 patients are independent on ADLs and every now and then ,gets a new admit, and still complains to me, ( I relieve her 10p-6a ) that she did not get her TX done, which would be a total of 7 tx, minor ones, since rehab does the rest.Too bad she quit because our DON told her that she needs to do her PRNs and not the CMA, but all she needs to do is assess them ,since a lot of times she does not even know what time her PRNs were given......Cape, hope you are not looking for grammar errors.
  6. by   BigB
    Quote from shnaples
    Why do nurses put up with these kind of working conditions? If we all stuck together and said, "enough is enough" maybe things would change. Maybe like if we had a strong union!
    I wondering this too. In California, the inmates get better medical care then the elderly. Why is this....the inmates have filed lawsuits and the elderly are not well represented. It's sad to see. I wish over-worked LTC LVN's would make a stand together and get the media involved and aware that the staffing ratios are outrageous and unsafe. We could get the angry family members in on this too and hope change would then come about. For LTC to improve here the pay has to go up and the ratio / pateint load has to go way down.
  7. by   doddlebuggin
    This past Sat. the wing was short as per usual on the week-ends (all full time RNs are off) there was not an Lpn to work with me and the part time Rn was physically unable to do a med pass .So after a very sleepless night of trying to figure out How I lil old me was gonna do a med pass to 60 sixty people with out being out of complience. I prob slept 3 hours and Just decided I would put my big girl panties on and do it but that the RN would have to do Tx, Tubes (5) and br tx as I figured by the time I located all the ones that had left the wing It would be time for lunch pass.It was this moment that I also decided Im taking A&p in the fall and hope full by the time Im 52 I'll have every week end off. Im 48 now and the steady income at home,as my hubbys is dependant on the weather. Im venting can you tell..........
  8. by   BigB
    Quote from doddlebuggin
    This past Sat. the wing was short as per usual on the week-ends (all full time RNs are off) there was not an Lpn to work with me and the part time Rn was physically unable to do a med pass .So after a very sleepless night of trying to figure out How I lil old me was gonna do a med pass to 60 sixty people with out being out of complience. I prob slept 3 hours and Just decided I would put my big girl panties on and do it but that the RN would have to do Tx, Tubes (5) and br tx as I figured by the time I located all the ones that had left the wing It would be time for lunch pass.It was this moment that I also decided Im taking A&p in the fall and hope full by the time Im 52 I'll have every week end off. Im 48 now and the steady income at home,as my hubbys is dependant on the weather. Im venting can you tell..........
    It is good to set a goal like that. I often wonder how long our bodies can hold up to all the running around we do in LTC. It is tolerable, barely, when we are younger, but as time goes by the job can kill us.

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