LadysSolo 4,245 Views
Joined Dec 17, '06.
Posts: 179 (71% Liked)
At my company we are on call 24/7/365 unless we make arrangements for otherwise. But we knew that going in, and we are salary. When I calculate what I make per hour, it is less than most LPNS at the LTC facilities I cover. No, NPs do not have "cake" jobs.
My heterosexual grandmother had a "significant other" after my grandfather died (also male) that she did not marry because she would have lost significant social security benefits, so older people need asked too. I ask "are you sexually active?" "Are you both monogamous, or use protection?" "Have you been tested for STDs?" And I assume nothing about the gender of the partner. I will ask if I feel it is pertinent, such as if a STD is found, and we may need to discuss notification of the partner, and others if the partner is not (or may not be) monogamous.
Why do you need a dog to detect C diff? Any nurse with any experience can diagnose C. diff, Pseudomonas, and (sometimes, depending on location) cancer (tumor smell is pretty distinctive.) If you trust a dog, why not a nurse?
I have taken call while on vacation, I took a call at my mother's funeral (I had to step out of the service to take it,) Christmas day, and no, we are not compensated well (I have had one raise in 6 years.) If a call comes while I am asleep and do not hear it, I answer as soon as I get the call. I will admit, my nursing homes try not to call me when I am on vacation or when they know I have plans (I try to keep them aware, as I have covered the same facilities for the 6 years, and we respect each other.)
I am very sympathetic - I have two home care patients that use a home physician service that recently stopped their pain medications and told them to go to pain management. One is 750+ pounds and the other is 350+ pounds, both minimally ambulatory (hence need of home visits.) How are they to GET to pain management? What are these people to do? No one wants the responsibility any more.
Spiker, I am so sorry you had to make that decision, I can't imagine how hard it was, but you made it out of love for your daughter. (((hugs)))
I had "the discussion" with my son when my mom died, about me being a DNRCCA, he was not happy but he knows. I also asked him what HE wanted done should something happen (God forbid, as I cannot imagine losing my son, but he could be in a car accident, etc.) He told me he did not want to be kept going on machines, and to let him go. I just hope if it is ever necessary that I have the strength to carry out his wishes, but it DOES help to know what he wants done.
Talk, Discuss, and Share your experience at your favorite Nursing School.
Advertise With Us