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I am 56 years old and have been an LPN since January in a long term care facility. I had no desire to work in a hospital..too fast paced for me...I love to get to know the residents as my family. I was a CNA for over 25 years. Yes when I first started I was very nervous and asked a whole lot of questions.I was in a brand new nursing class with teachers who were brand new in teaching. It was rough but I graduated with a 4.0. But I felt that I didn't get enough experience with some procedures so my self confidence was low. However I was willing to trying anything with someone watching me and eventually my self confidence improved. I give kudo's for anyone working in a hospital but nursing homes can be enormously rough too. I have to admit that I could handly stress easier when I was younger but I seem to have more patience and compassion with the older residents, since I am more their age ( LOL), than I did when I was younger. Regardless it is a rough professon and I admire anyone who decides to become a part of it in their older years!!!
Wonderful story..I so enjoyed it. I related to the fear of going in to a new patient and hoping that I didn't come across like a new student..not knowing much, scared, but wanting the patient to trust me and like me. As a new graduate, working in a nursing home with so many residents to take care of ( and I insanely thought the stress I felt of nursing school would be over once I started working as a nurse) I miss having time to sit down and talk to my residents. With the med passes, charting, helping at mealtimes, etc,etc, I find my time is so limited. However what little time that I have with my residents is accompanied by my smiles to the residents, laughter and jokes, genuine concern about how they are feeling and very often hugs and caresses to their faces or loving pats to their hands. I realized I don't have a lot of time to spend with them but I can change the quality of the time that I do spend with them. It is a work in progress and I find that the residents look forward to my presence even if it is in 3 min increments. The residents need to feel loved and cared for and I hope that I give them a little of what they deserve..to be treating with kindness and respect for living their lives and not feeling that their lives are over because they can no longer take care of themslves and have to depend on others for a lot of their needs.
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okay, i am fairly new to this web site and i realize this article is a couple of years old but it really got to me. i have been a cna for about 15 years and now i have an apportunity to go to lpn training which starts next month. i think we are missing the point here! !!!!!! of course nurses need to eat ! of course they need to laugh and pee and do whatever humans need to do. but to say that anyone showed any empathy to anyone in the waiting (according to the article) was completely false !!!!! empathy is the experiencing as one's own feelings of another.(websters dictionary). if the nurses who were eating and laughing got up off of their butts when they were through and went to see how every one was doing, maybe talking to them and hold their hands for just a moment to see if they needed anything while they were waiting.....this would be empathy. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just a little moment of recognition to say yes i know you are in pain, i will try to do what i can in your situation to help. i am sure that in the 4 or 5 hours of waiting the so called nurses who are suppose to care for people could at least show some concern!!!!!!!!!!
your wonderful article is a testiment for compassionate health workers everywhere. whether it comes from cna who sits and cries with an elderly man in a nursing home who recently lost his wife in the next bed or from the housekeeping staff who takes times to hug a resident or laughs with them. i could go on and on about the the little touches that mean so much to people in adverse situations. what it boils down to is caring for your fellow man. we are all humans and we all have that need to be respected and loved. a simple hug or a soft caress along the cheek or caring words while holding their hands is all it takes to touch someone. put yourself in their situation, what would help you in the moment. also rmember the golden rule........ do unto others as you would have them do unto you !! i have been a cna for years and now i finally have the opportunity to become an lpn. i hope that i never lose my compassion or my heart that is overflowing with love for the people that need it the most. god bless you !!! heartbeatheartbeat:heartbeat
Embarrassing Medical Exams
1. A man comes into the ER and yells, "My wife's going to have her
baby in the cab!" I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab,
lifted the lady's dress, and began to take off her underwear.
Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs - and
I was in the wrong one.
Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco , CA
2. At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an
elderly and slightly deaf female patient's anterior chest wall.
"Big breaths," I instructed. "Yes, they used to be," replied
Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle , WA
3. One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a wife that
her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarction. Not more
than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the
family that he had died of a "massive internal fart."
Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg
4. During a patient's two week follow-up appointment with his
cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble
with one of his medications. "Which one?" I asked.
"The patch, the nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours
and now I'm running out of places to put it!" I had him quickly
undress and discovered what I hoped I wouldn't see. Yes, the man had
over 50 patches on his body! Now, the instructions include removal
of the old patch before applying a new one.
Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk , VA
5. While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked,
"How long have you been bedridden?" After a look of complete
confusion, she answered. "Why, not for about twenty years - when
my husband was alive."
Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson, Corvallis , OR
6. I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while
checking up on a woman I asked, "So how's your breakfast this morning?"
"It's very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly.
I can't seem to get used to the taste," the patient replied.
I then asked to see the jelly and the woman produced a foil packet
labeled "KY Jelly."
Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit , MI
7. I was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with
purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety
of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing entered. It was quickly
determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was
scheduled for immediate surgery. When she was completely disrobed
on the operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair
had been dyed green and above it there was a tattoo that read,
"Keep off the grass."
Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on
the patient's dressing which said, "Sorry, had to mow the lawn."
Submitted by RN no name
8. As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB , I was quite
embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams. To cover my
embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly.
The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly
burst out laughing which further embarrassed me. I looked up from
my work and sheepishly said, "I'm sorry. Was I tickling you?"
She replied, "No doctor, but the song you were whistling was,
"I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener".
Dr. - Wouldn't submit his name.
i am a 53 year old displaced worker from a foctory(for 28 years) and also a cna who is finally getting a chance to go back to school to become a lpn. at our college here in heber springs,ar , asu,they opened up a brand new class for 20 students ( i think around 150 applied) and i got aceepted. to anyone thinking on going onto nursing,getting your cna license first is a must.:wink2:
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