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Joined Jan 21, '07 - from 'Southern New England'. CT Pixie is a RN. Posts: 4,293 (41% Liked) Likes: 4,799

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  • May 25

    As meanmaryjean said, she crossed a line..but not only did he/she cross the line..he/she kept on going FARRRR past that line!

    I would be livid if someone did that to my family members without permission (and I'm Catholic). Your instructor has no idea the faith that the mom is associated with (if any at all). And to assume she's Christian because 'most people are Christian around here'...I just have no words!

  • May 11

    The J&J commercials..some bug me, some don't...this one is one I really like:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PVeO...6ABCBE3966759A

  • Apr 12

    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.

  • Mar 29

    Quote from Sparkles1
    My quick results say pass!!!! I'm excited but didn't want to get too excited b/c paranoid me feels like it's not 'real' until my name goes from pending to active on the BON website. Thank-you for snapping me out of it. It's comforting b/c I want to tell my family but I didn't know if it was too soon. Is it normal that this doesn't feel real!!?? Ah can't believe it!
    Thank you again, now I can call everyone!!
    When I did my 'trick' in the parking lot of the PearsonVue center and got the good pop up I didn't believe it, kept doing it over and over for the 48 hrs until my quick results were there...I kept saying, I won't believe it or say anything to anyone until the quick results were up...48 hrs passed and the quick results said pass..more comforting and real..but then I wouldn't believe it until I saw my license number next to my name...and when it showed up, I still couldn't believe it! I STILL go back and look at it from time to time...I'm impatiently awaiting my 'paper' license to come in the mail, the email did say it won't come until I think the 3rd week of the next month (so for me...it would be july).

    Very normal that it doesn't feel real.

  • Mar 27

    Watched Nurse Jackie last night..both Jackie and Zoe had to use their stethescope..both did so..putting the ear pieces in the WRONG way. Before I could even yell out (like I always do..its a pet peeve of mine) "TURN THEM AROUND..!!" My husband (non-medical..in all ways) shouts out "Jeeze, turn them around, they are backwards" I nearly spit out my water!

  • Mar 27

    I recall the first episode of Third Watch (about police, fire, and EMS). Don't recall the whole thing but they pulled someone out of the water (?), medic checks for a pulse and says "he has a pulse" and then proceeded to do compressions,...Wahhh?? If he had a pulse, I'm sure you pushing up and down on his heart will mess up that pulse he does have!

    My biggest pet peeve is all the medical shows that show doctors doing procedures we all know they rarely if ever have done since med school!! What doc (minus a urologist) do you know that does foleys?? Even better still, the docs do ALL the procedures, draw blood, run tests, give meds, etc..yeah..thats going to happen.

  • Mar 19

    I'm a LTAC/LTC LPN and damn proud of it. Yes, when I answer the standard question of "what hospital do you work at" when someone finds out I'm a nurse with "I don't work at the hospital, I work at a LTC facility" more often than not, I am met with the look of disgust and the 'ohh, ok'. Just once I'd love for those people to shadow me at work for a week, hell, I'll take a day.

    And maybe then they will see that I'm not 'wasting' my education or skills, I'm not JUST a boo-boo kisser and band-aid applier. My residents for the majority have very complex and sometimes more acute than chronic issues. My short-stay residents are those poor souls who have basically been kicked out of the hospital because the insurance company/TPTB or whomever decided that they can't stay any longer. Much too sick and unable to go home without 24/7 SKILLED nursing, they are shuttled off to me. Where I get to take care of the much too ill person with my limited resources and much too often to my own accord.

    I/we do what we can with what we have. We don't have this specialist and that one to consult with or have our questions answered like the nurses in the hospitals. And yet we are thought of by the 'hierarchy' of the nursing totem pole as brainless nurses who probably work in LTC because we can't cut 'real nursing'. That patient you just had on your floor that required a lot of your time and nursing know how, the one who was discharged earlier..well I have them..and around 30 others just like them. I challange YOU to do my job for a day

  • Mar 17

    Just an update from my post. I was 3 months from graduating my LPN to RN bridge when I first posted. Now I'm 2 months from my RN to BSN degree. I'll be 47 years old.

  • Mar 16

    There are only 4 hospitals in the state that are magnet (see the box below. It give the name and when they got magnet status). There are many hospitals that hire ADNs. My hospital is part of Yale. We still hire ADN nurses however, an ADN nurse will only be considered if they have proof currently enrolled in a BSN or higher program at the time of the application. Other hospitals don't have that requirement but do require that you will enroll in a BSN or higher within a certain period of time after being hired and will complete the degree within a certain amount of years after hire. St Vincen'ts is a magnet hospital, but even they do not only hire BSN. They have the stipulation that you will enroll and complete your BSN within a certain time frame.

    ADNs are still hired pretty much everywhere. However my best suggestion to all entering nursing..just do the BSN. If you can't for whatever reason, do the ADN and be prepared to go back for the BSN.

    BRISTOL HOSPITAL BRISTOL CT [FONT=Arial]2015[/FONT]
    Middlesex Hospital Middletown CT [FONT=Arial]2001[/FONT]
    St. Vincent's Medical Center Bridgeport CT [FONT=Arial]2012[/FONT]
    Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven CT [FONT=Arial]2011[/FONT]

  • Mar 2

    I have no issues with the CNA's doing homework during our "down" time. As others have said as long as the patients are being taken care of, call bells are answered promptly and the need/request of the person using the call bell is taken care of, I'm ok with them doing homework.

    I work 3-11p so our down time doesn't happen until after last rounds. So none of the CNA's really expect to do a lot of homework but they do bring in their notes, books etc to read and study from.

    Our ADON is on the floor until around 8p-9p and sees it and neither her nor the DON have any issues with staff doing homework or reading during the down time. Actually I've found the ADON sitting with one of the CNA's trying to explain something the CNA didn't understand.

    I'd rather see someone reading or doing something that furthers their knowledge base in respect to medicine/the body etc, than to be sitting there reading a rag like the Inquirer or some gossip magazine.

  • Feb 29

    LPN grad
    then St Vincent's for my Associates
    back at St V's for my BSN.

    Currently working for one of the hospitals that is part of the Yale Health Systems.

  • Feb 29

    My facility policy is to update doc on all refused or held meds (oh as well at the patients POA, guardian etc). We had one patient who was always refusing the same meds, family finally just said to keep a list of the meds refused and the day/times and give them a call at the end of the week. LOL

  • Feb 29

    We are not allowed to give meds while the patient is eating in the dining room. Since I am on the same floor/unit all the time, I know which of my residents are ones who eat in the dining room. I make sure I give them their meds first. (if its a scheduled 5pm med I have between 4 and 6p to give it to them). I start my 5pm pass at 4pm and as I said, I get the ones who go to the dining room first, then the ones who eat in their rooms.

    Blood glucose checks are to be done in a private area. That can be anywhere that no one else is and in an area that the patient can be shielded from view if someone does enter the area. We have a quite/tv room directly across from the nurses station where the residents tend to gather as well as the shower/tub room directly across from that. I either bring my residents in either room and do the checks there.

    The team I work with are really good with asking me prior to taking a resident into the dining room if I need to give them meds or not. So i can usually get them all done before they enter the room.

    We are allowed to give meds in the hallway, as they wait for the elevator, etc as long as we ask and obtain their permission to do so. We cannot just tell them Mrs. Jones here are your meds. We have to quietly ask. "Mrs Jones, is it ok if I give you your medication here or would you rather go into a more private area."

  • Feb 17

    Could you ask the nursing assistants who eats in the dining room at the beginning of the shift...that way you can plan your time on who needs to get their meds first.

  • Feb 17

    I work with a person who was born with disfigured fingers. On one hand he has 2 fingers (2 fingers fused together and the other 2 w/the thumb fused making two abnormally large/wide fingers and the don't bend very well, if at all). The other hand has 5 fingers but they aren't shaped in the 'normal' way and are on the smaller side.

    He's a floor nurse and does quite well. So he was able to go through school and obtain employment as a floor nurse. He is capable of doing everything that we nurses with 5 fingers on each hand are able to do. Our patients are elderly and most have lost the 'filter' on their mouths...meaning they say what they feel/see regardless of whether or not it maybe insensitive. I've only heard of one resident who made a nasty comment..something along the lines of "I didn't order seafood, why is a lobster here'. He's made very nasty comments to basically everyone he comes into contact with. One little 'flaw' on a person and he's all over it. So to me he's (the resident) not really treating the nurse any differently than the others, he just saw that nurses flaw and zoned in.

    None of his co-workers feel he is a liability. If there is something he can't do for whatever reason he will seek out assistance and receives it without anyone feeling put out about it.

    Until you try, you will never know if you can or cannot manage some skills. Will patients all be fine with your hand/fingers, probably not but those are the same people who find fault with anyone.

    I wish you the best!


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