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Joined Sep 6, '02 - from 'The Great Northwest'. VivaLasViejas is a RN and blogger extraordinaire. She has '20' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'LTC, assisted living, geriatrics, psych'. Posts: 26,511 (38% Liked) Likes: 42,468

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...

Sometimes, You've Just Gotta Punt: More Nuggets of Nursing Wisdom

by VivaLasViejas - As a San Diego Chargers fan of some 40+ years' vintage, I often find myself using football metaphors in discussing everyday situations. At home, it's "Okay, team, let's tackle this month's budget";...

Who the Heck Am I Now??

by VivaLasViejas - Imagine being seated on a comfortable sofa in a warm, well-appointed office designed to make you feel at home, fidgeting nervously and struggling to find a neutral position as the man across the...

The Stranger Within: Living With Mental Illness

by VivaLasViejas - The alarm jolts you awake as it does every morning after yet another restless, short night's sleep, throwing your systems into fight-or-flight mode as you groan inwardly: "Oh, lord....not again"....

While My Little One Sleeps

by VivaLasViejas - She lies in her narrow nursing-home bed with eyes closed and feet elevated on pillows, looking much like the little girl in the faded black-and-white photographs she showed me that first day in her...

10 Things Nurses Can Be Thankful For

by VivaLasViejas - I've never made a secret of the fact that I'm a sentimental sort, and never more than at this time of the year. So now that I've been doing this blog thing for awhile and my readers are probably...

The Pride of a Nurse

by VivaLasViejas - The pale, haggard face and the expression of fear in the elderly gentleman's eyes are still fresh in my mind as I try once again to focus on getting myself safely home through the crush of Friday...

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...

Some Days, You're The Pigeon...(Part I)

by VivaLasViejas - After seventeen years in health care, I've come to the conclusion that nurses are the baggage handlers of the industry: we move folks here and there, we make sure the manifest is correct and the...

Never Argue With Dementia (and Other Nuggets of Nursing Wisdom)

by VivaLasViejas - It never fails....you're walking down the hall to check on your new patient when you hear an aide loudly attempting to persuade sweet, confused, deaf-as-a-post Ethel to get into bed "BECAUSE IT'S...

The Five Patients You Meet In Heaven

by VivaLasViejas - Imagine, if you will, emerging from the best sleep of your life and finding yourself in a strange land, surrounded by light and peace. Realizing that you have arrived at the gates of Heaven, you look...

Epic (Nursing) FAILS!

by VivaLasViejas - I once destroyed a patient room within five minutes of starting my shift. It was fortunate that the two ladies who occupied the semi-private room were AA & O and had a sense of humor. You have to...

New Year's Resolutions For Nurses

by VivaLasViejas - Never tell anyone outside my circle of influence that I'm a nurse. For anyone who's been a nurse as long as I have, this should be a no-brainer, but this is ME we're talking about here. I'm a...

"Stop Trying to Help Him---He's Not Worth It"

by VivaLasViejas - We should never have gotten involved with this guy. First of all, Donald Lee* (name changed to protect privacy) was, in my humble opinion, much too young for assisted living. A short, compact man...


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