The Best Is Yet To Be

The Best Is Yet To Be

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide 184,890 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: 26,017 (37% Liked) Likes: 40,309

Ten Things A Nurse Doesn't Want to Hear

by VivaLasViejas - 1) "You're so smart, you should have gone to medical school." I AM smart---that's why I became a nurse instead of enduring 80-hour work weeks and giving up sleep for eight years. 2) "It must be...

Ten Things I Love About Nursing

by VivaLasViejas - 10) I get to work in the most comfortable clothing on the planet. When I was a nurse manager, I was going through the worst of my perimenopause.....in polyester and double knits, no less. Now I wear...

Tales from the ICF: Ed-EEEEEEEE!

by VivaLasViejas - Since so many of you have enjoyed my nursing-home stories, I thought I'd offer character studies of some of the more colorful "characters" I've had the privilege of caring for over the years. This...

You Got to Know When to Hold 'Em

by VivaLasViejas - .........and when to fold 'em too. One of the few physical advantages of the over-50 body is its ability to say No to excesses---of food and drink, of stress, of too many long, hard shifts in a...

It's The Grim Reaper, Charlie Brown

by VivaLasViejas - Ever hear that expression, "lowering the boom"? It's pretty descriptive of the way I felt tonight when my dear, sweet DON told me, ever so gently, that I might want to be prepared for lean times...

For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

by VivaLasViejas - I'm not sure if it's because I was a good deal older than many of my classmates when I graduated from nursing school and found out very quickly that I was nowhere near as smart as I thought I was, or...

Oops, I Did It Again: Dottie

by VivaLasViejas - ..........I went and lost my heart to yet another hospice patient. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson after caring for my old friend in that same room and witnessing her inevitable decline and...

Everything I Know About Life, I Learned From Nursing

by VivaLasViejas - ........I've learned that nursing is a great metaphor for life. It's both rewarding and frustrating, utterly fascinating at times and dull as tombs at others; it's funny, sad, beautiful, ugly,...

11 Things Your Nurse Thinks (But Will Never Tell You)

by VivaLasViejas - 1) If you yell "HELP!" one. more. time. without a really, really, REALLY good reason for it, I am going to come down there, shut the door, and give you a good dose of pillow therapy. 2) Sure, go...

Just For Today

by VivaLasViejas - Years ago, I received a greeting card containing a poem which exhorted the reader to do things he/she might not ordinarily do, "just for today". I don't recall who sent me the card or what occasion...

Elders Say the Darnedest Things!

by VivaLasViejas - As anyone who's ever worked with the elderly knows, every care facility has its "characters": the curmudgeon, the hothouse flower, the Church Lady. And the best-kept secret in the business is the...

Ohhhh, My Aching (Blank)

by VivaLasViejas - I don't know who said it first, but when I was a kid I heard adults quote this line until I was heartily sick of it: "If I'd known I was going to get this old, I'd have taken better care of myself". ...

"Mom-nesia", or, Of Pyramids and Panic

by VivaLasViejas - I was just leaving for my 3-11 shift the other day when the phone call came. Now, this almost-grown son of mine hasn't missed a day of school in three years; indeed, this is a kid who refused to stay...

"How Can You Stand It?"

by VivaLasViejas - If I had a nickel for every time I've had to answer that question, I'd be able to retire tomorrow. It is a question I am often asked whenever I meet new people. After the how-do-you-dos are said...

Life, Death, and Other Matters of Consequence

by VivaLasViejas - Some days, it's just not worth chewing through the restraints....... I am a seasoned long-term care nurse. I deal with life and death matters all the time. My voice is often the last one a patient...


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