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    Nursing Homes and LTC (Long Term Care) facilities are the same. The name Nursing Homes was changed because people saw them as places you go to die, never a pleasant thought if your elderly and/or ill. So the term LTC was created to encompass the care given to people of all ages who, for what ever reasons, need care over a long periods of time. Currently the place I work at has patients as young as 30 and as old as 98.

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    Quote from Sophiamez
    Don't have ANY OTHER OPTION, like i have too many. IT's between social work (i can handle the schooling, but no interest) or nursing (financial independence/career option, but schooling hard)
    Please, do not go into Nursing if you are choosing it for financial or career options due to job options. Being a Nurse is not a job, a career choise. It is a calling, a need so deep down in the depths of your being that you can't resist. This need is what will carry you thru the bad days and be emboldened by the good days. I have worked with many nurses who chose Nursing for the reasons you stated, none were happy with thier jobs. Unfortunately it shows to other Nurses, CNA's and patients & thier families. At a time in thier lives when patients need the most caring & compassionate people around them, to be stuck with someone who's just in it for the pay is a real shame. I have also worked with many Nurses who felt the calling and continue to feel it. They are the ones who help more than just the physical body heal, they also raise the spirits, support the emotions, give hope when all seems lost. I continue to strive to be the Nurse my patient's need, not the one I think they do.
    Good Luck in finding your path.

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    I have been to the gates of hell due to bad Nurses, and lifted up to the Pearly Gates of Heaven by the good ones. I love taking care of my patients, I am thrilled when I help someone recover from an illness or injury. There are bad days that last forever, then there are good days that seem to fly out the window. I spent 23 yrs in the facturies then 5 years as a CNA, I found this true of all jobs I've ever had. I decided to go into Nursing because I wanted the satisfaction of helping out my fellow humans. I want to do nothing else in life. The pay isn't that great, my hours are not what I consider to be perfect. But when I am taking care of someone in pain and they are complaining about everything I do, I think to myself that I would probably feel the same way if I were hurting that badly. Often, when the pain level has dropped down my patients apologize for what they said. I always tell them not to worry about it, I knew it was the pain/illness talking, I'm just glad I could help them.

    So, to answer your question... Is it really that bad?? No, if you find the right fit for yourself, give yourself time to absorb all the learning you will have over the rest of your life, and no if this is truely your calling. Yes, if you rush blindly into a position not suited for you, if you frustrate yourself because you don't know it all, and yes if you go into Nursing for the wrong reasons.

    Good luck in you decision.

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    New one on me too. We are in the process of going to computer charting, so for now we have to chart both paper & computer. Hopefully soon we will drop the paper charts & life will be easier. I agree that this is a set up for missing something that will come back to hit you, the company will not support you nor will they take any lasting damage as they will quite willingly toss you out as a protection for themselves. I'd ask around in other area facilities to see if they have this policy too.

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    my favorite was the husband who came to me asking me to listen to his wife's lungs with my telescope, he felt she might be conjected.

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    Hope your feeling better. So sorry that you went thru that. I went into the ER with symptoms of a TIA (I'm 51 & it's not the first time it's happened). They did an EKG and told me I was fine and wanted to send me home. I flipped out on the Dr & Nurses! I asked if they were willing to wait until I had a full Stroke, because I wasn't. Dr finally (after 4 hours) agreed to run some blood tests. He entered my room when he got the results and said he was admitting me. WHy I asked?? Well he said, you've had a big TIA and we feel you show stay for a few days to ensure you don't stroke.. Boy was I surprized...... NOT!

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    Just to add this on, there are soooooo many times I wish there was a Male Nurse around! Like when a rotten patient decides to get violent cause "there's just women here, what are you going to do to me??" The rest of the time I don't care what your gender is, as long as your there I'm happy!

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    Ask if your school has a tutoring program, it helps alot! And Skip the LPN course, go for the RN program if you can. Pays better and you have more options. I know, I'm an LPN who wanted to go for RN and chose to start slowly. Still haven't made it back to school, and would now need to redo over 1/2 of my pre-req's. At this point it seems impossible, but, who knows, I just may decide to go for it!

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    I am sorry that you are going though this. I would consider looking around for another job. Sounds like someone has something out for you, best to leave before they figure out how to fire you. but, wait until you have this mess cleared up so it doesn't look like you left in fear of being caught doing something.

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    Quote from CaLLaCoDe


    I'm sure you regret not going to the meet and greet meeting with your DON. I mean, if you had started out pandering to the power monger, perhaps you wouldn't have had to suffer pain and trauma. Perhaps you could have requested assistance on the floor by an aide or RN to cover your patients while you attended the meeting. I know, catch 22 is always terrible to contemplate.

    The problem was that ALL the rest of the staff, CNA's and Nurses did leave thier units to go. I was the one who stayed. I don't regret not going, I did what was best for my patients. I believe I made the best decision by staying, perhaps not for me, but for the 48 patients in my unit who would have been left alone for the 30 minutes the meeting lasted. And being the stubborn person I am, I would do it again. I have the trust of the families that I will do my best for thier ill family member. It is a trust I hold sacred. I felt that by leaving my unit unattended I was abandoning my patients. What could have happened during that time I would have seen as my fault. I know, I can't do everything, but what I can do I do to the best of my abilities.

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    I have to admit feeling sorry for people who truely believe that one race (religion, creed, political opinion) is superior to all others. When I went to school (grade school not college) I learned that the human body worked in certian ways, blood was red and circulated thru the arteries & veins, hearts beat, lungs pulled air into the body. As college has not changed that rule, I have to conclude that if those things happen in your body, then you are the same as I am. Not better, not worse, maybe darker or lighter skined but then there is dark chocolet & white chocolet. Both are great! I do love the diversity in life. It would be so boring if everyone were like me.

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    I too have a very high pain tolerence level. Many years ago I got a UTI, I ignored the burning & frequency. Then I ignored the pain,and also the strong smelling urine, what finally got my attention was the "gut punching, knife turning, searing" pain accompanied by blood in what little urine I managed to squeeze out. The UTI had moved up my system into my kidneys. Learned my lesson, never ignore pain, even if it doesn't hurt that bad.

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    sharpeimom, alem-tsahai, scoochy, and 4 others like this.

    In school, I had a teacher who told me... always trust your gut instinct, it will not fail you. The one time I did not follow that advice almost cost me my license. RUN, do not walk, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00!!! Leave before damage is done to you that you may not be able to fix.

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    What would have happened if you hadn't called?? You would not have known of the training schedule and would not have shown up. Then what? They dismiss your application for no-show???

    Good Luck in your new position, glad you finally found out.

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    dura_mater likes this.

    I would keep the weights in as edema is excess water and can build up quickly. Remember water weight will not always be visible until days or weeks have passed, our bodies will fill up "empty spaces" before showing up in feet, hands or other visible body parts. Thus you would see the weight increase.


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