The Best Is Yet To Be

The Best Is Yet To Be

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide 189,449 Views

Joined Sep 6, '02 - from 'The Great Northwest'. VivaLasViejas is a RN and blogger extraordinaire. She has '19' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'LTC, assisted living, geriatrics, psych'. Posts: 26,074 (38% Liked) Likes: 40,645

Nine Lives

by VivaLasViejas - I swear, my nursing career must have more lives than a cat. I knew it was over when I had a nervous breakdown and walked away from the hospital I'd worked in, off and on, for five years. I knew it...

If Hospitals Were Run Like Denny's.....

by VivaLasViejas - "Hey, Flo! You're getting a new admit in 206-1," says Mel, the charge nurse. "ETOH, admitted for detox, alert and oriented times 1-2. He's got an IV but ER says it won't last long the way he's...

No Experience Necessary

by VivaLasViejas - I don't know about you, but I find perusing the job listings at my friendly local unemployment office to be quite entertaining. Where else could I find "opportunities" like working on an Alaskan...

Cruel Summer

by VivaLasViejas - To say that the summer of 2013 will go down in history as my worst ever would be the understatement of the century. I lost my high-paying, executive-level job in May to a combination of a...

Back In The Saddle Again

by VivaLasViejas - With apologies for the Old West metaphors.....I am, indeed, back in the saddle again as a floor nurse. And as sore as my old bones are from the unaccustomed exertions of this past week, it's a good...

Job Hunting: Let The Games Begin!

by VivaLasViejas - As much fun as job-hunting is (said no one ever), I knew I was doomed the very first time I visited the Employment Division's job search website and found only a handful of nursing jobs that I can...

Welcome to the Jungle

by VivaLasViejas - I've been out of acute care for many years now, but I'll never forget the experience of being a float nurse. It was the best of all possible worlds: I was cross-trained to all the different nursing...

I Hate Being Bipolar. It's AWESOME!

by VivaLasViejas - We've been talking a lot about mental illness during this early part of May, which has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. Nurses and students with all sorts of psychiatric conditions...

The Stumblebutt Chronicles

by VivaLasViejas - To say that I loathe the 0900 med pass at my SNF would be the understatement of the year. First of all, being able to concentrate on the pass itself is impossible in the face of almost constant...

Playing With Fire: Seeing "Noncompliance" In A New Light

by VivaLasViejas - I guess it was meant to happen. Another failed experiment....another life lesson learned. Like most people in the healthcare professions, I make a lousy patient. I sometimes skip doctor visits and...

Where Do I Go from Here?

by VivaLasViejas - Isn't it always the way that once you've gotten one HUGE problem under a semblance of control, another rears its ugly head? My husband and I just received a new lease on life......and now I have to...

The Eagle Has Landed

by VivaLasViejas - The eagle has indeed landed.....and landed softly, instead of crashing and burning as she's done so many times in the past. Thank God. This morning I felt completely normal when I woke up to get...

A Time to Heal

by VivaLasViejas - As hard as it is to admit even now---two months after my career crashed and burned in a rather spectacular flameout that my former co-workers are reportedly still talking about---there's something to...

Fired After Fifty: Redux

by VivaLasViejas - Several years ago when I was laid off from my LTC job due to low census, I remember despairing of ever finding another job. I was in my early fifties then. At the time I had a bad knee that had ended...

Anxiety Disorders: More Than Just Butterflies

by VivaLasViejas - Almost everyone has experienced it: the sensation of butterflies in your stomach as you prepare for a presentation or an appearance in traffic court. The dry mouth that makes you feel like you're...


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