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  • 14
    djh123, brownbook, cleback, and 11 others like this.

    I'm with you, bud.

    I don't even bother to read those things!

    I also hate stock photos of nurses smiling and holding clipboards while wearing a pristine lab coat and perfectly perfect hair. A stethoscope is neatly placed on their neck.


  • 1
    All_night likes this.

    Quote from All_night
    While reading all of these stories, it go me thinking about how I really don't want to leave any "energy" behind. I don't want to haunt my loved ones or anyone else for that matter
    I wouldn't mind freaking a few people out with my impish residual energy... but I'd like to move on after I've had my fun!

    On another note, several months ago a well-loved long term client had passed away. Her daughters stopped by our building to tell us "thank you". While I was giving hugs and conversing with the daughters, I felt fine... at first.

    I began feeling a heavy presence. I mean, it was heavy. This feeling was peculiar and lasted several minutes after the daughters had left. At one point, I even felt lightheaded and tingly as I walked alone down our hallway past a particular spot the client hung out in often. The hairs on my arms were standing on end! I immediately thought it was our deceased client. I know... I know...

    No, I didn't see anything crazy but I can only emphasize this feeling like our former client was there. I worked with another gal who is rather "sensitive" and she was eager to tell me she felt the same thing. We think the daughters "brought" their mom with them when they came to visit.

  • 5
    kingusia, chris21sn, RNperdiem, and 2 others like this.

    I worked in an elderly daycare. It only had 6 employees and about 20 clients. It was not only fun, but it was the easiest job I had ever had. I couldn't wait for the days I worked there. It was a total break from my main job, which was very very stressful.

    We played games, went on field trips, had hilarious and interesting conversations with our clients, and the families were awesome. I got to do a lot of teaching and had my own educational bulletin board that I could do with as I pleased. I only passed 1 to 4 meds a day. I had alllll the time in the world to chart, make phones calls, follow up and other duties. All clients took themselves to the toilet. My clients loved to come to my office and have 1:1 attention from The Nurse. It was lovely!

    I always said that they would have to pry that sweet little nursing gig out of my cold dead hands. Well, I ended up moving and had to quit, but it was just in time because the brand new director is a complete asshat who knows nothing about healthcare or dementia or even basic human dignity.

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    Missingyou likes this.

    Quote from Veronicax
    But how do you keep the feces and urine from getting on you? I mean like your arms? I know some people where long sleeved uniforms.
    Well, it doesn't happen too often that you get urine and feces on your arms, but it can. You scrub your arms up to the elbow. A long sleeve top makes me cringe a bit as whatever you get on the sleeve is there until you change your top. You could wear a scrub jacket or sweater, which can be removed if it gets soiled. Again, extra clothes are a good deal.

    Usually, when I had to scrub up to my elbows, it was because a patient had some dank armpits and got their sweat on me during a transfer. I may have even put towels over my arms if I knew someone was pretty ripe. You get creative after awhile.

    Honestly, I just washed and scrubbed myself up super duper good and carried on. It's a hazard of the job and you just deal with it.

  • 2
    Missingyou and Veronicax like this.

    Quote from Missingyou
    The poster that mentioned going home smelling like feces:

    That had to have been a pretty bad situation and is not the norm! I've done this job for about 30 yrs and have never come home smelling like feces.....maybe smelling of bad body odor from my own sweating! but not feces. Not gonna lie tho, I have gotten feces on my scrubs and I have been pee'd on.'s happened only a handful of times to me....I keep extra scrubs in my locker.
    The only time I came home smelling like feces was my very first job. It was a nasty hell-hole. The residents were neglected and their hygiene and grooming was poorly tended. The call lights and bed rails had feces dried into them. I admit that I walked out of that job. Had I not found one of the nicest, cleanest and best staffed nursing homes not long after I quit the hell-hole, I would have walked out of nursing and never come back.

    No decent facility will smell like urine or feces... unless a resident had a major blow out that just occurred, and that has a different odor than a facility that never cleans the residents or their rooms properly.

    I have gotten urine and feces on my uniform and shoes more times than I care to remember. If I had been smart, I would have had an extra uniform the day I stepped in a bedpan full of watery stool... I had to wear donated old lady pants from like 1979 and made of white double-knit polyester with a seam sewed down the middle. Boy, did I get razzed!

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    Meriwhen likes this.

    Go for it. It will all come back to you and you'll learn as you go. You may find it very interesting.

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    Missingyou likes this.

    I dealt with some nasty behavior from more experienced aides when I was new. Some of it was my own dippy fault, but some of it was just ignorant people enjoying their power. They enjoyed building themselves up by putting others down. They won't let a newbie mistake go because they can't pass up a chance to feel superior.

    When they did that to me, it compelled me to work extra hard to be spot on with everything I did. I made sure everything was beyond "good enough", but even better than their own work. This paid off because I became known as a superior aide. If a resident or family was difficult, they sent me because they trusted me to do the job well. I was always chosen to train.

    I loved training new aides. It's okay to make a mistake or have me stop you from making a bad one. You are learning. Your trainer is not as smart as he thinks he is as he appears unable to properly teach and doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut.

    Say no more about it. Let it go. You caught him talking about you and he knows it. Just go in there and work hard to be even better than they are.

    Good luck as I remember those days all to well.

  • 9
    JoyNPikachu98, LeslieAB, Kitiger, and 6 others like this.

    I absolutely loved being a CNA. I found it very satisfying. I loved getting people clean and comfortable. I loved running around and being busy the whole time.

    If it had paid better, I would have never become a nurse. I always said, "The aides get the fun part of patient care". That was just my opinion.

    I was able to live on my own with no debt when I was an aide, but I was very very frugal. That was a loooong time ago, though. However, my concern was always the "what if's", so when I had the opportunity to become a nurse, I took it.

    I was an aide for about 23 years. I wouldn't have done for so long had I disliked it. I am very proud of the good work I did.

  • 5

    You're overthinking.

    The time span between a 1400 dose and a 2200 dose is adequate.

    I would not hold the HS dose, as that is scheduled for that time for a reason. The patient may have anxiety that interferes with falling asleep, plus it may help the patient relax.

    Doctors take into consideration what is scheduled when they order PRNs. As long as it does not exceed the daily dose limit and is not given right on top of the other (and 0.25mg is a smaller dose anyway), the patient will be fine.

  • 9
    Cat365, RainMom, brownbook, and 6 others like this.

    I've only once ever seen a nurse fired for a medication error. The reason she was fired was because she tried to lie about it and cover it up.

    I watched her give the wrong medications to the wrong resident. When I pointed it out to her, she snapped my head off and told me bugger off and that I didn't know what I was talking about. I reported it to the charge. I am no narc, but come on!
    Upon checking the med supply and the MAR, they found that, yes, she had lied.

    She had demonstrated that she was dangerous. Imagine if the resident had started to have serious effects from the wrong meds... and no one would have known what the heck the problem was. Well, no one except the lousy nurse who would have, no doubt, kept her mouth shut to save her own ample butt.

    Oh, wait! I forgot about the evil nursing instructor that double dosed a patient with Norco (patient was fine) and then tried to blame it on the staff nurse. The instructor had not checked the MAR. When the staff nurse didn't let herself get thrown under the bus, the instructor tried to blame it on the poor student. That was the last clinical that woman ever taught. Amen.

    Bottom line, we all make mistakes, but admitting to them (for the patient's sake!) makes all the difference in the world.

  • 0

    Those are questions you would have to ask the facility to which you are applying.

    I worked at a very nice LTC that happened to be next to a high school. We had quite a few high school students who worked with us. Our place seemed to be decently flexible with the high schoolers. They gave the students first pick to leave at 9:30pm instead of 11pm, since they had school and were minors... but that was our place.

    It never hurts to respectfully ask and see what arrangements could be made. Perhaps, for the Saturdays you need off, you could work every Sunday.

    I know this answer may be too late, but good luck to you. I was always impressed by the high school students who managed to do such hard work in a nursing home and still maintain their school work.

  • 3
    Here.I.Stand, pixierose, and tyvin like this.

    I was an inpatient psych nurse. Yes. We allowed the patients to keep their head coverings for religious reasons. If there was any concern about their immediate safety, they would be put on a 1:1... as would anyone that had special reasons (whatever they might be) that required an allowance outside the norm.

  • 4

    Quote from DocWorkaday
    Do you realize that this thread has been going since June of 2005? This thread is practically twelve years old.
    This thread was actually started in November of 2000. It's going on 17 years. I think that's pretty cool!

  • 5

    Quote from marie.rn2419
    If it weren't against TOS, someone might tell you to pull your head out of your bum and stop trolling...
    Huh? How is OP "trolling"?

  • 5
    TriciaJ, kbrn2002, brandy1017, and 2 others like this.

    Quote from RN>20yr
    Weirdest thing I ever got-

    A "ViewFinder" toy that included a round disk of slides depicting PR views of how wonderful our hospital was!
    That is probably the most ridiculous one I've read.

    I love how the "gifts" always come down to hospital advertisement.

    Heck, yeah, I'll harness my inner child and play with a ViewFinder... but why would they even think I want to see more of my hospital than I already do?

    That's almost like the time we could "win" a breakfast with the big honchos... uh... no... I typically attempt to avoid you guys at all costs.