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Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'. CT Pixie is a RN. Posts: 4,318 (42% Liked) Likes: 4,882

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  • Jul 23

    A month before I turned 38 I started my LPN schooling. Graduated a couple months after turning 39.

    At 42 I started the years worth of pre-reqs for the LPN to RN bridge, and at 44 I graduated with my ADN.

    In a couple of weeks my first classes for the ADN to BSN begin at 44 1/2 years old to the day.

  • Jul 20

    Just re-read my orig reply to this post from 4/22/12...at the time I was in the LPN to RN program.

    Fast forward..graduted the RN program and continued on for my RN to BSN. Still worked full time job (40hrs/wk) and a part time job (24hrs/wk) and graduated cum laude with my BSN this past May.

  • Jul 18

    I'd be looking at the indications for use (what diagnosis warrants this type of med) the classification of the med..and warnings/precautions of the med.

    If you look, you'll see a pattern of side effects and warnings/precautions with certain classifications. Once you get to the body systems you'll understand WHY that med does what it does and WHY it causes side effects etc.

    While I was in LPN school we had to do "drug cards". Take a look at this post..it should help..(check out Yummy Chocolate's link)

    http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...ug-521664.html

  • Jun 24

    Quote from GRAB1
    I see some people saying this, but its so nice having 4 days off free to do whatever you want vs. 2. Once I'm up, dressed and ready, I'd rather just keep going and get it over with. Driving to work 3 times a week vs. 5 with traffic. Most nurses on 12 hour shifts rave about it in the hospitals.
    But working in the hospital is very different than working LTC. Last night, for example, I had literally 1/2 of my LTC residents off their rockers. Residents packing up and trying to get "home", residents fighting with each other (both physically and verbally), families chewing me a new one for things I had no hand in, had no knowledge of, and/or should have been addressed to the shift that it pertained to. Or support staff that argue with you about every request..wanting to know who told me to tell them that blah blah blah, working short so the support staff had added residents to care for..makes for an insane, out of control shift.

    Don't get me wrong, for the most part I do like my job, but there are shifts (like last night) that I was thanking the stars, the moon, the powers that be, that I only had 8 hrs of that...if I had an additional 4 to go...I think I would have been sent out for a psych evaluation.

    I only work part time so I always get 5 days off in the week. But at times the day after a nasty shift will take a whole day to recharge my batteries *both mental and physical batteries*

  • Jun 24

    Just re-read my orig reply to this post from 4/22/12...at the time I was in the LPN to RN program.

    Fast forward..graduted the RN program and continued on for my RN to BSN. Still worked full time job (40hrs/wk) and a part time job (24hrs/wk) and graduated cum laude with my BSN this past May.

  • May 25

    Home phone rings
    Me: Hello, Unit B, this is Nurse Pixie how may I help you.

    Any Alarm rings (microwave, preheating oven, dryer cycle done etc)
    Me: turning on heels to go find the offending infusion pump

    Needing to use the bathroom
    Hands over cell to daughter and asks she cover my phone for a couple of minutes

  • May 20

    If/when i have time I always find ways to be with my residents. I'll comb their hair, give them a nice mani (soaking their hands, lotion, polish etc), wash them up, just sit with them and talk, read to them, or sit quietly and hold their hand.

    No aspect of care (ADLs, physical, or emotional) is beneath me or nor am I of the thinkin something is just one person or the others 'job'. I'm a nurse, I provide care to them.

    I often envy my team of CNA's, they GET to have that 1:1 time w/the patients. I miss that.

  • May 20

    If/when i have time I always find ways to be with my residents. I'll comb their hair, give them a nice mani (soaking their hands, lotion, polish etc), wash them up, just sit with them and talk, read to them, or sit quietly and hold their hand.

    No aspect of care (ADLs, physical, or emotional) is beneath me or nor am I of the thinkin something is just one person or the others 'job'. I'm a nurse, I provide care to them.

    I often envy my team of CNA's, they GET to have that 1:1 time w/the patients. I miss that.

  • May 12

    I became an LPN 2 months after I turned 39. (2008)
    I will graduate from my RN program a month after turning 44. (2013)
    BSN should be around age 45-46 but that age won't stop me.

    Like you I think to myself.. you should have done this after high school. Would have had a LOT of years in by now. Then I remember everything that happened in my life did so for a reason. After high school was just not the time for me to do it. Things did not fall into place until I was much older.

    The way I figure the government is saying I cannot collect full social security benefits until I am 72..that minimum age keeps creeping up and up so I may have more years in nursing than I realize..haha.

    The average age in my classes is early-mid 30's.

  • May 6

    #15 Don't flip out in class after a test complaining that one or all of the following:

    "you didn't mention that in the test review. I didn't think I needed to study it"

    "I didn't study it because you didn't mention it in lecture"

    "I studied it for hours and you didn't even put one question on the test about it"

    You are responsible for EVERYTHING in the chapter, regardless of it being mentioned in lecture or not. They cannot lecture each and every word in the chapters. Its YOUR responsibility to read and study, not their responsibility to tell you each and every question on the test. Oh and just because it wasn't a test question doesn't mean you don't need to know it. You ARE going into the nursing field and everything you've read, heard and been lectured on IS important, whether it was on your test or not.

    #16 Don't base your opinion of a teacher's ability to teach on what you got on a test. Don't "warn" new students about that teacher by saying she gives trick questions, doesn't test on what she lectures etc and that she's a poor excuse for a teacher.(countless times I've heard people squalking about a teacher how they are idiots who shouldn't be teaching because "the whole class failed" (read as that student and her friends didn't do well on the test.) However those of us who attended class, did read the assigned chapters and paid attention during lecture all do well..humm..maybe its YOU and not the teacher.

  • Apr 19

    I worked a LTC facility in the early 90's. The cap was a required part of the nurses uniform at that facility and at many others that my friends worked at. I think I stopped working in the facility in 93 or so, and they were wearing them then.

  • Apr 17

    It's not just nursing that has this type of policy. Absenteeism is grounds for dismissal/firing in most careers/jobs.

    I was fired from a retail position I had . I was never late and never absent in the year preceeding my dismissal. As a matter of fact I was the one who would come in early and stay late as well as come in on my days off to fill in.

    I called in sick (I truely was sick). My boss (who also owned the small retail store) told me if I didn't come in for work that day to considered myself fired. I didn't go in and he called me at the end of the day to tell me I was fired. I called the Labor Board and inquired if I could be fired for calling in for one day in a year. When asked to read our handbook policy on absenteeism, it stated, the employee would be fired for excessive absenteeism. The board said since 'excessive' is subjective and it didn't give a specific number of absences that would be considered excessive, I could be let go. The owner of the company may feel that one time in a year is excessive while someone else may say 6 times in a year is.

  • Apr 16

    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    After years in geriatric nursing, I can often smell death days before it happens. My olfactory system usually interprets it as a sickish, sweetish, sort of meaty odor---sort of like hamburger that's just about to go bad, only more subtle than that. Of course, I've never mentioned the aroma to a patient or his/her family......nobody wants to discuss such a thing. But I wonder sometimes if we nurses and aides are the only ones who smell it?
    EXACTLY! Sickish, sweetish sort of meaty odor! I've been working in LTC since I was 16 yrs old. I used to notice that smell as a receptionist when some residents would walk/wheel by or as they sat and chatted with me at my desk. Never connected "the smell" to the fact that a few days later I'd have their chart on my desk for filing away due to them dying. But as a CNA, I'd notice that smell, and sure as heck, that resident would pass within a week or so of me noticing that smell. It was then that I put the smell and the death connection together.

    Even now, I'll pass by a resident who's not even one of mine..and just KNOW. Not saying I'm psychic..just saying my nose KNOWS!

    I have my eyes and nose on 3 residents right now, one is mine, the other 2 are my co-workers. Sadly, my nose put me on alert about 2 wks ago. The smell was more noticable starting at the begining of my shift on a Saturday and even more noticable on the last few hours of Monday. The particular resident was going to the hospital for a scheduled procedure..overnight stay..nothing major. Well, here it is almost 2 wks later and she's still in the hospital..I fear my nose was right.

    You aren't odd, weird or freaky. I think some of us are just more in tune to our senses.

  • Apr 13

    A month before I turned 38 I started my LPN schooling. Graduated a couple months after turning 39.

    At 42 I started the years worth of pre-reqs for the LPN to RN bridge, and at 44 I graduated with my ADN.

    In a couple of weeks my first classes for the ADN to BSN begin at 44 1/2 years old to the day.

  • Apr 13

    A month before I turned 38 I started my LPN schooling. Graduated a couple months after turning 39.

    At 42 I started the years worth of pre-reqs for the LPN to RN bridge, and at 44 I graduated with my ADN.

    In a couple of weeks my first classes for the ADN to BSN begin at 44 1/2 years old to the day.


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