The Best Is Yet To Be

The Best Is Yet To Be

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN Guide 189,281 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: 26,073 (38% Liked) Likes: 40,641

The Devil and Delta Webster

by VivaLasViejas - I could hear the complaining all the way down the hall as I clocked in for my shift. "Will somebody tell me again why we don't have air conditioning!?" "Because the owner's too cheap to put it in."...

The Stranger Within: It Does Get Better

by VivaLasViejas - On my computer desk stands a brightly painted wooden figurine of a toucan, a souvenir of a part of Mexico I've never visited and probably never will. His garish red, green, and pink feathers are...

Surveyor: The First Week

by VivaLasViejas - I really had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I knew pretty well what state surveyors did from being on the receiving end of entrance conferences, interrogations, citations, and exit...

Hanging It Up

by VivaLasViejas - It seems almost unreal: in six days, I will don my scrubs, put my name badge on, and go to work at the nursing home like I have almost every weekend since last July. I will pass meds, listen to...

Just Another Day in Paradise

by VivaLasViejas - It's Saturday morning at Paradise Nursing and Rehabilitation Center*, and I've just arrived on the floor to pass the 0900 meds. Spying my cart, I can see that Mac has already been there, for once...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 3

by VivaLasViejas - Among the challenges of being a healthcare professional with a mental disorder, perhaps none is so difficult as maintaining one's composure during an exacerbation of illness. Not only is it...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 1

by VivaLasViejas - The alarm clock jolts you awake as it does every morning at 0500, alerting you to the fact that today is yet another work day. You groan and pull the covers over your head momentarily, wishing for...

Nurses With POSSIBILITIES: Changing Our Perspective on Disability

by VivaLasViejas - The light from the front porch lamp filtered through the sheer drapes as I sat in the dark dining room, chatting on the phone with an old friend I hadn't seen in years. "Shawn" was in the hospital...

LTC 101: What To Expect

by VivaLasViejas - Not every long-term care nurse chooses LTC as a profession. Sometimes, it chooses us. But no matter how you've arrived at your first job in a nursing facility, there are challenges awaiting you...

"State's Here!": Demystifying the Long-Term Care Survey

by VivaLasViejas - It's the same every year: a contingent from "The State" invades your facility and commences with scrutinizing your work, poring over your records, nosing around the kitchen and dining areas, and...

The Top 10 Things I Loved About Nursing

by VivaLasViejas - As a nurse who has left the clinical side of the profession, I've had a little time recently to ponder both the good and bad aspects of the vocation I chose long ago. And although it got to be too...

The Hunger Games

by VivaLasViejas - `urp` groannnnnnn...... How in the name of all that is reasonable is it possible to eat this much and not blow up??! I just polished off a two-enchilada dinner, complete with salsa and chips plus a...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 4

by VivaLasViejas - If you are a nurse diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or any other psychiatric illness, you are probably doing all you can to maintain your mental health: you're taking your medications as ordered,...

Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 2

by VivaLasViejas - If you are a nurse who suffers from a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, you probably have had difficulties in obtaining, and then keeping a job. Many of us have spotty...

Hearts and Entertainment

by VivaLasViejas - It all started with the guy in room 156, who pulled the oldest trick in the book and still got a newish nurse to buy it. We've had an epidemic of respiratory infections in the building lately, so...


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