Latest Comments by Hygiene Queen

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Joined Sep 13, '07. Posts: 2,311 (72% Liked) Likes: 7,671

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  • 1
    Farawyn likes this.

    Quote from they_see_me_rollin
    In our hospital, they don't hire RN's who are obese and smoker. I tell this to my little "huge" friends who are planning to work in our hospital so they can start watching their diets now and start working out.
    Quote from Farawyn
    How's that working out for ya? Did your huge friends smack you down? [emoji23]
    Farawyn, it's her "huge little friends". Don't forget the little part... it conveys a much more loving feel...

  • 3

    Well, I was going to be an Art teacher. I was naturally gifted and even when I was really young, I was praised for my abilities. I was very proud of it... but I was always an underachiever and had no clue how to get what I wanted. I had no guidance. I was afraid of the world.

    I was working retail when my best friend called me up and asked me to be a CNA with her and the rest is history. I started attending community college hoping to get myself back on track to be an Art teacher, but I somehow ended up as a nurse instead. I dunno...

    So, I've worked with the geriatric population since I was 18 and it's all I really know. I was an exceptional CNA and am still growing stronger as a nurse, but I'm nothing special. I continue to study and teach myself something everyday because I enjoy it and want a better understanding of what I'm doing and why, but I have no desire to further my degree.

    I've always wanted to teach CNA classes, but I need to work for insurance benefits and I can't see how I can fit that in. I don't even know if I would go over well as an instructor because my expectations would be too high. I love CNA's and I love teaching newbies, but I have been frustrated by the poor work ethic and lack of common sense which is far too much these days-- or so it seems. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant.

    I find myself getting myself finally getting my creative juices back and in my off-time I have been working on getting my art skills back up to par. I miss that part of me

    Sorry for the whine, time for a little cheese... because I'm a cheesy kinda gal and that's something to know about me, as well

  • 5

    Quote from Farawyn
    And what were her and Almanzo doing on all those long buggy drives to the lakes? Grape picking? My sweet Aunt Fanny!
    Well, ya know, she claims she came home all hot and sweaty because it was humid and they had to put the rubber buggy top up

  • 3
    kiszi, brownbook, and elizzyRN like this.

    I have never gotten a rude operator. I have gotten one or two that I could guess were new and maybe nervous, but never rude. They have always sounded professional.

    I've often wondered how stressful their job is and I like hearing about how others perceive their job. Can you tell me what it's like? Do you have to deal with a lot of rudeness?

  • 8

    Quote from Lauraingalls
    Oops... Yes but in her real life Mary didn't marry. I believed she lived with Carrie
    Ah, Little House on the Prairie!

    I think the show was awful, but I loved those books soooo much. I still crack 'em out once in awhile and I've always enjoyed learning about how things really were, outside of the books... warts and all.

    Ya know, as I've grown older, I've come to the conclusion that Pa was an ass. All Ma wanted to do was settle down and raise her girls like ladies and make sure they got an education, but noooooo! Pa had to keep draggin' 'em all around, uprooting them every time he got an itch in his butt. I also think he fooled around on Ma when he went for those long journeys into town.

    I real life, I believe Willie lost his eyesight to a firecracker and Cap died in a threshing machine explosion. Laura could be a "b" and she lied at times...

    Okay, that was totally off topic, but like I said, I'm a LHOTP junkie, sooo...

  • 11

    I was dubbed "The Hygiene Queen" because I was/am very very picky about the hygiene and grooming of my patients. When I was an aide, you could tell which patients were mine, just by the way they looked.

    I was also dubbed "The Gero Whisperer" because I am exceptionally good with getting difficult dementia patients to calm down and get them to do the things we need them to. I had already joined here as "Hygiene Queen" by the time "Gero Whisperer" was mentioned, but I like "Gero Whisperer" better.

    I also was dubbed "The Urinator" because I could always get a urine sample from those oh-so-tricky aforementioned dementia patients... but I decided to pass on that for a username!

  • 1
    Missingyou likes this.

    It's been awhile since you posted. How are you doing now?

    Your staff-to-resident ratios sound decent and were similar to when I was an aide, however, 12 residents was pushing it and 8-10 was the norm. Your ratios sound decent.

    Things can also depend on how your fellow CNA's help each other out. I worked with a great team who would help out with other aide's teams and then we would return the favor. We just worked very well together and made sure the residents got what they needed. You sound like you care very much and maybe if your coworkers care as much as you, you can find a way to make things work for the best, by really working together.

    Not all nursing homes are created equal. I have seen shoddy "care" and grossly large resident assignments. It's crappy you're getting 12, but I have seen larger and it's criminal. You may not find better staffing elsewhere. I stayed at my nursing home 11 years because no place had better staffing, teamwork or care... even if we ended up with a load of 12 from time-to-time.

    However, beware. I have found that once TPTB increase the load and see that their staff manages to do more with less, the trend often continues. Never happened at my happy little nursing home, but I've seen it elsewhere. If that appears to be the trend, then by all means, see what else is out there.

    Take care.

  • 2
    Squad51KMG365 and Cat365 like this.

    I wish more people working in healthcare would ask this question, but it seems some people just don't care.

    Whenever I go for a check-up, I do notice what the staff looks like. There is one particular CMA that looks like she just rolled out of bed. There is no excuse for wrinkled scrubs. If you don't have easy access to a clothes dryer, than invest in a cheap iron and a can of starch. I have found that ironing and starching can make even older scrubs look sharper and fresher. It doesn't take much time.

    Also, if you have longer hair, pin it up! That always looks professional. Even if you don't normally do it or think you look "weird" with your hair up and back, you know you are doing it for work. That is your "work look" (just like wearing scrubs and comfy, unfashionable shoes) and you'll get used to it. It looks cleaner and, frankly, I don't want your hair flying in my face when you check my BP or draw my blood.

    Fortunately, we don't have to spend a lot of time having to worry about coordinating a whole fashionable outfit. Because I'm know I'm wearing scrubs that I have made sure are wrinkle-free, unstained and fresh, I can focus on making sure my hair is tidy and neat. I have no choice but to use hairspray... I have wild hair! I use little makeup (but always lipstick... I'm a junkie for it!). I can look sharp in 20 minutes, no matter how tired I am.

    Plan ahead. Get all your scrubs washed, ironed if need be, and hang them up right away to keep them wrinkle-free. Keep them ready to go. Learn how to do a quick, tidy (even cute) updo of some sort.

    We are judged by our appearance, whether or not we like it. I'm sure the CMA I mentioned is good but she looks like she doesn't care and that bothers me.

  • 6
    Altra, KatieMI, Toastedpeanut, and 3 others like this.

    I like to encourage newbies to just read through the charts and get an idea of what a good note looks like. That's how I learned, but I think back on some of my early notes as a new PCT... They weren't the worst but they sure weren't polished, either. I'm sure I induced a few snickers here and there.

    I have one job where I have to do a lot of teaching with proper charting. The aides have improved slightly, though I know I'll have to review it again... and again. I can still see where I need to firmly reinforce things. I have one who has a hard time with keeping things straight and to the point. I tell her, "It's not supposed to be an attention-grabbing piece of creative writing! The duller the better!". So many adjectives! So many opinions and exclamation points!!! Then I have another one who loves to write things like, "Client has a real bad headache and the nurse was told" and, of course, she never told me, so there's no follow up from me! Makes me crazy!

    Yup, the struggle is real.

    The worst note I ever read came from a PCT who charted, "the patient pooped his pants"

  • 7
    emtb2rn, Davey Do, Natkat, and 4 others like this.

    It takes a lot more to lose a license than you'll be led to believe.

    Diversion is a biggie. Outside of nursing itself, we had a nurse who murdered her own children. If you aren't doing anything like that, you should be okay!

  • 0

    There used to be a god awful nursing facility near me that was in an old 6-7 storey building. The building was/is a very very creepy cool old former hospital of a lovely art deco design... but was a bad place place for a shoddy nursing home.

    Anyway, this building was pretty big and the staffing was totally inadequate. I am certain that much of went down in that place was due to craptastic staffing with poor psych training (if any) that was spread thin over a dilapidated monstrosity (but... oh, I love that building...)

    So, they admitted a very depressed man with a history of suicidal ideation. The doctor had warned staff to closely monitor this resident, but it didn't happen. The resident was denying suicidal ideation, but we all know that doesn't mean jack.

    The resident was placed on the fourth floor, just a two floors up from the roof of the (absolutely fantastic) main entrance. Of course, the windows opened and this guy saw his chance as he made the mad dash out the window. He landed on that (architecturally and artistically delightful) main enterance roof.

    Oh, so much suicide (and even murder) in that place, but I think about how dumb it was for them to have put that man in fourth floor room, with an opening window, in a place that has no staff over a huge, multi-level building! I think about it every time I drive by that place (and slow down to admire it with a shiver down my spine).

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  • 7

    Elderly daycare. So much fun and no stress.
    Most of the clients have dementia (which is my niche) but they have to be still independent with all ADL's and cannot wander.
    I just observe and monitor, address any changes or needs, am there for medication (very little of that, even), am the resource person for any nursing concerns/teaching and am take care of any medical emergencies.
    Otherwise, I play games with them and go on field trips
    The only bad part is when they no longer meet our requirements and need to move on to a higher level of care. We exist for socialization and some caregiver relief, so if I find I now need to start providing hands-on assist with ADL's, it's time for them to seek other avenues. It's sad to see them go.
    We also have a social worker that I work closely with which is convenient.
    I have a little office that caregivers stop in fairly frequently and they are so darn nice.
    Calls to doctor's offices are very rare. No labs, no IV's, no strict rules. We are very autonomous.
    The pay is not great, but it is excellent for supplementing my income from my other job.
    So much more I love about it, but I'll stop there.
    I will never leave that little job!

  • 4
    happy_life, Ruas61, Ruby Vee, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from DesiDani
    "Maybe you are new" is a tired played out response.
    Actually, it's a way of giving people a semi-graceful "out" for their display of ignorance.

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    CFitzRN likes this.

    Quote from nursejoy1
    While she was demonstrating trach care, she placed the monitor on the mannequin's finger. I heard the RT gasp and say "This dummy has a pulse and a sat" I laughed and she said "No, really." I went over and looked and there really were numbers on the display. I removed the monitor and replaced it on the mannequin's finger again, and again, there were numbers on the readout. It was very weird.
    That freaks me out. I hate mannequins! Thank you, Twilight Zone:


    (Okay, that clip has a little bonus at the very end, which I could have done without, but there ya go )