Latest Comments by CoffeeRTC

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Joined Jan 22, '03. CoffeeRTC is a RN LTC. Posts: 3,473 (22% Liked) Likes: 1,484

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    vintagemother likes this.


    I've created a special hidden place for supplies for the weekend! I have another nurse that shares this special hiding place and restocks it. After many years of working together, this is the only thing we find that works.

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    Yikes! This is a messed up situation. No therapy for days? Not OOB? (what about using a lift?)

    I've seen some crazy dc AMAs in my day. Some I kinda agreed with the family. I wouldn't have removed the foley unless the MD ordered it. As for a wheelchair?? They cost hundreds of dollars, so I wouldn't have let them borrow it unless I knew I was getting it back within the hour.

    AMA dc= no meds and insurance won't be paying for the stay. I'd make sure the family know about that too.

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    suzw likes this.

    I already agreed with sending out the above resident. but I used to see so many unwarrented hospital transfers that I can agree with calling a supervisor or DON before a send out esp if it is a newer nurse.

    I've called drs before when I've had residents with a CHF flair up that might have needed a chest xray and increase in lasix or someome with COPD that might have needed nebs ordered. Doc right off the way is saying "send them to the ER" when it can just be a simple med change.

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    JustMe54, LadyFree28, and suzw like this.

    20 or so years in LTC and I would have sent him too. YES, we do have stat xray services and pharmacy and could start and IV long would getting that in place take? In my facility it would be more than a few hours. With it being 9pm already the Xray probably wouldn't have been done and then read until the am. Pharmacy would take at least 3 hours (we have an ebox with some meds) and the IV might not be able to get inserted either.
    I love the medics but get a chuckle with how they love to provide diagnosis within 5 minutes. The high temp and sob/ wheezing doesn't always equal sepsis.

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    If there is an urgent need for safety, I'm calling 911. I try to never let it get to that point.

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    jsfarri likes this.

    So, with the LOLs above, it looks like this is a problem everywhere!

    Our policy changes. Right now CNAs are to remove any visible matter...crumbs etc from meals. I think housekeeping has a rotating schedule for deep cleaning them. We used to have 11-7 cnas clean them too. As for the lifts...I don't really know.

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    NurseBri78 likes this.

    BTDT. Don't you just love the super late admits? I see nothing wrong with what you did. If the doc refused to accept the patient what else could you do? I'm guessing the ADM might have wanted you to doctor shop?
    Crazy situation.

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    It is different in each SNF. It depends on the size of the facility. Sometimes just being the RN on duty makes you the supervisor. ASK to see the job description.

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    Will the RT be there with you all shift? Its been years since I worked in a facility with vents so I really don't remember much. What are the other skilled residents like? High acuity? Is this 11-7? or 3-11?

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    I think a STNA is a state trained nurse aid aka CNA?

    I've worked in large facilities with 200 beds down to a 50 bed facility. The politics are everywhere. Seems worse in the smaller one though. If you are a supervisor or manager, stay consistant and fair. Go by the rules, don't play favorites. Don't get caught up in the gossip. It will pull you in and drag you down. Same applies for the staff nurse.

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    RATMLPN likes this.

    I've seen this before too. Some places require all OT to be approved by the DON or supervisor...even if it is mandatory and a no brainer (no relief). It is different in LTC since there are little staffing regs. The one nurse to 32 is probably legal. Sounds like they were willing to run with one nurse to the 32 and have you go home. Safe? No.

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    Quote from kiszi
    After the patient is admitted to the hospital for a period of time (I think 24 hours) they are discharged from the nursing home. The NH can then accept the patient for readmission, or not. It's not really an eviction, though I'm sure it feels that way to the resident.

    In my state, Medical Assistance (Medicaid) pays for a 15 day bed hold. After that the facility doesn't need to hold the bed.

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    Help me understand "the nursing budget". What is included in it? When you became a DON, how much experience did you have with the budget? What is your role in managing the budget?
    I'm guessing the biggest part of the buget is nursing hours with OT and agency (in places that use it) are the biggest part?

    I just ask, becasue we are constantly hearing about how staffing needs to be cut and our PPD is too high. I tend to agree that the nursing hours are out of control. Too much OT due to call offs, not replacing staff and the incrimental OT.

    So, what else?

    One day i will take the plunge again but............

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    I've been in LTC/ SNF/ Rehab for almost 20 years.

    I started as a CNA in my last year of school, worked as a GN then staff nurse, charge nurse, supervisor/ unit manager, one year as an RNAC, fill in DON and now just as a staff nurse/ weekend supervisor. How do I sell this? I've been at the same place for my entire career but worked PT/ PRN at one other. I have no resume

    I'd like to look at home health or hospice.

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    AbigailJo likes this.

    This is a great question! I'd love to use this at our next nurses/ CNA meeting. Would be an interesting exercise. Maybe have everyone write a few key points and put in a box and pull them out. Moral is so low where I am.

    I want to work with some one that really truly cares about the patients we take care of. You don't have to like them personally, but care enough to do you job and not treat them like a room number (I work SNF/ LTC)

    I want to work with someone that is a team player and realizes that we are there 24/7 and each shift has a role.

    I want to work with someone that isn't afraid to ask for help and give me help.

    I want to work with someone that isn't afraid to laugh.

    I want to work with someone that will tell me what the correct spelling is for diarrhea and will also tell me how to chart about this one weird wound (I'm thankful for my coworker that does this )

    I want to supervise staff that want to do their jobs. I was spoiled for years with an awesome staff. Before I could delegate things, they were done, they came to me and told me what I needed to know before I even knew I needed to know it