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  • Mar 7 '14

    Unfortunately, everything in LTC or healthcare in general is ruled by the almighty dollar. :/

  • Aug 24 '13

    Question: First let me say I was reprimanded for using a "Clean Cart" because it was open to hallway air in a LTC/CLC Unit. It was ACCEPTABLE, however to walk to linen cart (shared) and retrieve 1 towel and 1 washcloth and WALK IT DOWN THE "open air hall" to each individual resident. I asked to see a guideline (written) and was told it was not written, but "common sense" ?


    This does not seem like common sense to me. It was efficient to me actually,, as it was all CLEAN. I appreciate any rational for this.

    Anybody know WHERE to find written guidelines that satisfy Joint comission and the other inspecting agencies regarding issues of infection control (as well as everything else I need to know) on LTC?CLC/Hospice Units in Federal Agencys. Apparently...people are pulling these things "out of the air"...I would like to be able to see this in writing. THANK YOU!

  • Aug 24 '13

    I woulda dropped out and gone to engineering school

    But if I had to do it again,

    Try not to work at all
    Clear the drama out of your life
    Don't make big life changes during program (real estate, marriage, divorce, babies etc)
    Have a sense of humor
    Enforce your boundaries
    Keep mouth shut but eyes/ears open
    Don't buy into the Superwoman myth, you don't have to be everything to everyone perfectly

  • Aug 24 '13

    Actually, I started the RN-BSN at 46 but really became determined to stop letting life interfere with my finishing this degree at 48.

  • Aug 24 '13

    mine is kind of strange but I can't handle when things are wrong with fingernails or toenails... broken, fungus, splinters... I lose it

  • Aug 23 '13

    I am yet another "nursing as a second career" person. I started school at 32 and have been an RN now for 15 years. One of my classmates was 52 when we started, as far as I know she is still working as a nurse.

  • Nov 15 '12

    At my old hospital each patient had a pitcher that was not to come out of the room. They had plastic bags that we would put ice in and add it to pitchers. It was easy and economical. You could fill up several bags and stick them on the chart cart and everyone got fresh ice with no opportunity for mix ups. We added water in the room or just let the ice melt if they didn't want any right away. My current facility passes water in styrofoam cups bid.

  • Sep 30 '12

    I was working on a medical rehab unit, loved the job but my co-workers and manager made my life miserable. I had to leave that job. I'd go back tomorrow if there was a big shake up of staff.

  • Sep 30 '12

    Absolutely! I recently accepted a full-time 7p-7a position on a Med/Surg floor that I thought would be a great, long term thing. I have several years of Med/Surg experience, so the problem wasn't that I was a new nurse and felt like I was drowning or anything, the problem was the entire culture of the unit. A manager who was so sweet and kind that the employees would have walked across broken glass for her but got very little respect, day shift nurses who had been on the unit long enough that, between feeling like they owned the unit and our sweet but pushover boss, would spend their shift sitting at the nurses' station laughing and joking, often loudly discussing off color topics for the patients and their families to hear and in between complaining that they didn't have enough staff, a poorly laid out floor plan where the kitchen, the med room, and the supply room were nowhere near any of the patient rooms, etc., etc., etc.

    I think the final straw for me was the night that I came in to work and the day shift nurse, who was sitting on her rear end at the nurses' station joking loudly about the dirty parts of a movie she had seen recently, told me with a straight face that I had a new admission waiting for me that had arrived on the floor almost two hours earlier but she hadn't "had time" to get to her yet. I still had to get report, but I checked on the new admission anyway, and she was having difficulty breathing...alone, in a private room at the farthest point possible from the nurses' station, and didn't know how to use her call light. I...was...FURIOUS!!! Talk about patient neglect! The patient ended up being okay, but I still told the manager what had happened after I resigned from the position...after only four months. I felt guilty quitting so soon, but I knew that I could not work in that kind of environment. I have since been hired by the hospital system where I worked previously for a number of years and, not only am I loving it, but my job in the internal agency pays $11/hour more than I was making at that awful place.

    Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith when your heart is telling you it's time. You are NOT a failure for leaving that position, you are doing what is right for you. Nursing seems to attract people who feel guilty acknowledging our own needs and too often bite the bullet, even when we know that we aren't happy or doing what we want to be doing. I used to subscribe to that philosophy, but not anymore. Life is short, and no matter where you work in nursing you are helping people, so you also need to help yourself by doing work that makes you feel happy and fulfilled.

    Best wishes to you.

  • Sep 17 '12

    I work nights (7P-7A). I don't have any kids, but I work with nurses who have children and they said nights are better their family. I personally LOVE working nights. I love my coworkers - we have great teamwork compared to the dayshift staff. We all get along great. I also love my night shift supervisors - all are very approachable and very knowledgeable so they serve as a good resource. I also love the shift differential haha I don't think I could ever do days...especially for what they pay you where I work and the amount of stuff you have to deal with. I figured I would make $600-$800 LESS per paycheck working dayshift and that's too hard of a pill to swallow for me, tbh.

    The cons of working nights: my husband works days. A lot of times he will be coming home from work and ready to take a nap while I am getting ready for work and about to leave. The "transition" day (the morning I get off and then I am off for a few days) kind of sucks, too...I feel like a zombie that day. I flip-flop back and forth between my night shift sleeping schedule and sleeping during "normal people hours." Other than that, I have no complaints about my shift

  • Jul 17 '12

    Even old, experienced nurses feel overwhelmed at times.

  • Dec 11 '10

    graduated from BSN at 19 1/2 and graduated at 29 for my master's. two years later i went back to get certification in legal nursing. another 10 years later, now back in school trying to finish JD program and hopefully graduate and BAR eligible in 2014.