The Best Is Yet To Be

The Best Is Yet To Be

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide 180,814 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: 25,959 (37% Liked) Likes: 39,916

The "Differently Abled" Nurse Speaks

by VivaLasViejas - I have long despised the word "disability". While it's certainly an improvement over the frightful "handicapped", it still smacks of patronization, as in "Oh, we can't expect too much from Mary,...

The Political Nurse Speaks

by VivaLasViejas - I have been a political animal all of my life. From the time my grade school held a vigil for Bobby Kennedy and a mock Presidential election in the same year, I've followed the fortunes and follies...

The Lousy, Awful, Crazy, Rotten, *Really* Bad Day

by VivaLasViejas - I knew this was not going to be one of my better days when I turned into the driveway at my assisted-living facility this morning and saw not one, but TWO ambulances at the entrance along with a...

Nurses With Disabilities: Getting What You Need So You Can Give Your Best

by VivaLasViejas - It was the nightmare every long-term care nurse manager dreads: the exit interview with a state survey team that has just inspected every inch of the building and every piece of nursing documentation...

A Place for Mom: Finding the Right Assisted Living Community

by VivaLasViejas - As we discussed in the first two articles of this series, the rules and regulations that govern assisted living communities vary widely from state to state, and thus impact the types of services...

A Place For Mom: The Best-Kept Secret in Long-Term Care

by VivaLasViejas - A middle-aged woman tiptoes out of your elderly patient's room as you stand at the computer making your latest entry, then sneaks a look back to make sure her mother is still sleeping. Shyly, she...

Welcome to the Shangri-La: My (Almost) Perfect Job

by VivaLasViejas - At the risk of jinxing everything, I'm going to say it: I never thought I'd find my perfect nursing job. In fifteen years as an RN, I've held a grand total of thirteen jobs. Granted, some of them...

.....and Other Days, You're The Statue

by VivaLasViejas - I'll never forget the night I first became aware of the utter disregard some members of the general public have for nurses and ancillary staff. It was also to be the first of many times that I've...

The Grateful Nurse Speaks

by VivaLasViejas - Alhough I have yet to make any solid plans for life after nursing, I have to be honest here: Nursing has become a lot leaner and a lot meaner since I got my start in school back in the fall of 1995,...

The Cynical Nurse Speaks

by VivaLasViejas - Not to put too fine a point on things, but......sometimes, nursing really bites. It bites when you've built a life and a reputation on what you can do with a stethoscope and a nose for the...

End of the (Med) Error: or, How NOT To Bomb Your Survey

by VivaLasViejas - As any nurse knows, a state survey or JCAHO inspection tends to bring out the worst in a facility. And as any nurse-manager knows, the survey team usually uncovers mistakes that we never even dreamed...

Just Another Statistic

by VivaLasViejas - It had been a good weekend, full of sunshine, relaxation, great food, and even better companionship, and I was still in a cheery mood when I walked through the door at work this morning. In fact, I...

A Place for Mom: Staffing Concepts and the Role of the Nurse in Assisted Living

by VivaLasViejas - "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" might be the theme song in many assisted living communities, which are often organized into two or more 'neighborhoods' of 10 to 25 residents, depending on...

NurseTales, or, How To Ruin A Perfectly Good Dinner Table Conversation

by VivaLasViejas - I have a friend who once made her teenage daughter throw up at the dinner table by telling a story about an accidental shooting. It was quite a night to remember. My family and I were having...

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

by VivaLasViejas - I've always been an advocate for pets in long-term and residential care, but after some of the occurrences I've witnessed recently in my assisted-living faciity, I've begun to wonder if it's really a...


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