Valerie Salva 8,912 Views
Joined Dec 3, '07.
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The mother said if she didn't want to go, she didnt' have to go. "It don't matter anyway"
I too have taken care of a patient with Creutzfeldt Jacob disease. The associated dementia in this patient was so different than the Altzheimers, or other types of dementia Ive seen over the years. I actually had a scare once with this patient, when a tiny drop of of gastric juice splashed onto my lip, from the G-tube .I was SO paranoid that I would catch this devastating disease.
The other thing Ive witnessed was breast CA, that had grown so large it broke through the skin, it was really awful, but the dear old lady did not seem to be in any discomfort, strange, huh?
I just met an LPN who is getting an online BS in health care administration. She hurt her back, and can't work as a nurse anymore.
i agree with Kevin on this one. Two years in and it sounds like she's preparing you for the real world of nursing. Yes, she is challenging you and you will deal with some really difficult people in the real world. I'm only 2 years into nursing and believe me, family members can be brutal.
I had an instructor who had this type of reputation and now when I see her with her current students on clinical rotations in my hospital, I thank her from the bottom of my heart for making me the nurse I am today.
I would LOVE to say to families, "If you think the doctor should be called for (whatever the minor and/or unreasonable demand is) please go ahead and call him yourself." I'm not talking about important things, which I will be glad to call for. I mean things like, "Where is the doctor? I think Mother could be discharged today and I'm here now so get him in here now." Or: "I know my cousin is getting a lot of pain medicine but he can still talk and I think he'd rather be knocked out so call the doctor to get something for that." Or: "My aunt takes vitamin C once in awhile and I know it's 11 p.m., but I think we should get that ordered tonight." Ughhh.
LTC lady was sure she was on a cruise ship for her honeymoon, and that she was still wearing her wedding dress which was made out of popcorn.
At least she was enjoying herself.
I think that there are tens of thousands of LTC nurses who are giving their meds outside of the time parameters every day. Some meds passes are so huge, there is no way humanly possible to get the meds out "on time."
We pretend we give them on time, and mgmt pretends to not know how it really works- that is the reality of LTC.
I quit a job after two shifts. I called from home and said I would not be back. So, I guess I gave one day notice.
I also quit a job at the end of my shift after several weeks orientation.
In both cases, the units were very disfunctional, pts didn't have a chance of getting good care, and mgmt didn't give a crap.
Not very professional of me, I know.
But, the situations were intolerable to me, and I chose not to tolerate them any longer.
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