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    BSNbeauty likes this.

    I worked full time but doing home care so I had more down time to work on my studies then a full time hospital nurse. yet I was able to get straight A's taking 2 classes at a time. It can be done.

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    Quote from Floridatrail2006
    Put a piece of tape over the the top of the lid then write on the tape with permanent marker. That's what I do and seems to work well. Doesn't wear off either.
    There are no lids for the most part. All blister packs.

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    You can only use hours that you are actively teaching someone about diabetes = care for themselves, understanding diabetes, etc. You can't count hours you work as a nurse with someone who is diabetic by chance is my understanding.....if so I'm counting my last 2 months of work. LOL

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    The ratio is right but the training is very wrong. I have a new grad at my facility and he is getting a full 5 weeks in addition to 3 types of classroom training (IV, assessment and cardiac). I'm a semi new nurse with limited experience and I got 11 full shifts

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    Quote from ktwlpn
    In my facility we do ytry to keep them in order with the MAR so please put them back in the drawer in that fashion.This has been discussed in nurse's meetings and it's done across the board.
    I could only dream of this. I tend to work much better with organization but not in my facility. Every cart is different and some just messy vs really messy. What makes med passes even more difficult is the fact that there are extra blister packs because they are ordered and not needed. So instead of just working through 20 cards there are 35 in the drawer under the patients name. if I only had the 20 I needed it would make things that much easier.

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    Do they get any easier???? This blister packs are from hell. Do all LTC use them and if not what do you use? I spend what seems like have my shift shuffling through hundreds of blister packs trying to find the right one. They are separated by patient but some patients are on 20 meds and then extras show up in the draw just for the hell of it. I'm a float so I don't even get a chance to try to remember what a patient maybe on because I'm not with them enough.

    Like most LTC I have 30 patients and if I'm on rehab unit I get 14 patients but more acute needs.

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    Quote from PeacockMaiden
    Call me cynical, but a key factor in moving up in a SNF is favoritism. Where I work there are cliques, and if you're not in the circle of friends with other management, you won't move up.
    I'm pretty sure that some of that might be part of the game where I work. I plan to have a heart to heart with my ADON as I know she is a second career nurse. And try to figure out how to get connected.

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    sallyrnrrt likes this.

    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    How long have you been a nurse? There are no hard and fast rules for when to try to move up the management ladder and most times it has not too much to do with how long one has been a nurse. I was a staff nurse at a long term care facility for one year....the next year I was in management. I worked my way up the ladder and am now the DNS. There are nurses who've been nurses longer than I have (ok...not many) but they don't have the personality or temperment to be managers.
    I'm of the mind that the managers need to know more than the staff but that's just me.
    18 months as a nurse. I'll never "know more stuff then staff" for a very long time. So, I'm hoping that my need to be a leader can help me over come that at some point.

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    I'm a second career nurse. In previous lives I have been a project manger of construction firm, and I ran my own cleaning business. I just got a job with Genesis. I'm trying to figure out how I can possibly move up to management. Is there a time frame I should prepare to put in before trying to figure it out?

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    Dosing or not dosing of insulin one of the many things regarding care of type 2 diabetics that drives me crazy withholding long term insulin is crazy. These people rarely get enough insulin on their sliding scales to accommodate their carb intake. I wish insulin for Type 2's would be dosed more like type 1's if they are on insulin they probably would end up healthier with lower blood sugars

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    lindarn and Nihalu54 like this.

    Quote from not.done.yet
    If you are out of time then I am sliding off the conveyor belt! Lol! I graduated with my ADN at 41 years if age. I turn 43 next month and start on 09/01 in pursuit of my RN to MSN with estimated graduation of Feb 2016.

    Everyone who goes back to school has obligations. If your job isn't giving you a deadline go at a pace that suits your life. The time will go by whether you are in school or not. May as well chip away at the degree. It isn't less valid if you do it at a sane pace in relation to your life.
    I've fallen off the belt and am lying underneath.....Got my ASN in 2011 and my BSN in 2012....I'm 49 currently....LOL

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    everthesame and jadelpn like this.

    I did find something back in my home area.

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    Quote from anne_marie_oregon
    I am wondering How to get started to begin my journey towards becoming a CDE. I have looked at the website:

    or the professional practice experience: ]Minimum of 1000 hours of DSME experience with a minimum of 40% of those hours (400 hours) accrued in the most recent year preceding application.

    I am a new nurse with 1 year of experience. I need one more year of experience, but as I am working - I would also like to begin work in the field of diabetes education. How do I get started?

    Definitely depends on where you live. The Mentors available for mentoring are few and far between. I live in Philly area and last I looked (just a few months ago) there is only ONE mentor in my area. He happens to be a friend so I'm hoping when my schedule allows I might be able to become one of his menthes...... I'm very frustrated that I've been a care giver for 2 Type 1 kids for over 10 yrs and none of that counts toward certification. I dreamed of becoming a CDE when I entered nursing school after my kids were dx but no I think it will be just a dream.

    Good Luck

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    The fact that the Doctors orders for insulin regiments made the patient bottom out when he took insulin no wonder the patient refused. The constant rollercoaster of blood sugars very horrible feeling. I hope the nurse has a good lawyer because if she documented properly she should not be held responsible. It is improper knowledge of treating this patients diabetes that caused this problem for the patient and made the patient terrified of taking their insulin which in turn made the patient go into DKA and die.

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    I'm a second career nurse. I was in home care for 1 yr and relocated to hospital med/surg ini February away from my family. But due to health issues of my daughter back home and the time and distance I"m away from home I began looking for work back home.

    I just got a call from a local recruiter about setting up a telephone screening. I've done quite a bit of reading up on dialysis but I'm not sure what to expect from a phone screening and what they might expect from me? This is the first phone screening interview I've done.

    Any thought on what to expect?

    This was for a GN position that offered training but also listed med/surg experience as a plus. I figured I might as well apply.