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Joined Jun 24, '09 - from 'CT'. JBMmom is a Scientist, Nurse. She has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Long term care'. Posts: 373 (35% Liked) Likes: 446

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  • Jun 24

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 23

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 23

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 23

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 23

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 23

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 22

    I've worked in long-term care for years, and I have walked out the door with a clear conscience every night- even the night I had a patient tell me she hoped that on my way home I had a fiery crash and died. In any patient setting, we're dealing with people that are ill to some extent. Pain/ disease/ dementia/ environment change, all of these things affect the patients and their ability to process. Does it excuse bad behavior? No. And there are some people that are just jerks in life. I think you're acting in a professional manner and that's the best you can do. I know that in all of my communication I am confident that whether it occurred between just me and the patient, or someone else was watching/listening (because you never know when they are), I would speak in exactly the same manner. You can't get through to everyone, you can't fix everything, and sometimes you have to just let it go. Good luck.

  • Jun 22

    Wish I had a magic answer for you, I hope that something works out for both of you soon. My only suggestion would be to reach out to any contacts you might have to see if you can get a foot in the door for other positions. I know a number of nurses that have had similar problems finding jobs, even with experience, while others are able to find them through contacts. Good luck!

  • Jun 18

    I had a positive test almost 30 years ago after being a candy striper in a local hospital. I also got a year of INH therapy while I was in college because I was living in the dorms where communicable diseases could be a problem. Over the years I've had to have a couple chest x-rays, for nursing school and a new job, but other than that I've never had anything happen. Don't worry, get the information you can from your doctor, and take care of yourself. Good luck.

  • Jun 8

    I came into nursing as a second career. I never felt particularly called to it, the education I had for my first career made nursing or teaching the easiest second careers for me to consider. Nursing seemed to have a wider range of opportunities, so I picked that. I finished nursing school five years ago, and I really like being a nurse. I don't feel like I'm a better person than others for being a nurse, so I don't project that and no one has initiated any sort of conversation to that effect. I'm a person doing my job just like they're people doing theirs. Just because my job revolves around providing care to others doesn't mean it's better. I wouldn't be interested in being a civil engineer, but we need them otherwise our bridges will fall down. Other people aren't interested in providing care for people, I do that because it's what I'm trained to do. If you don't think it's for you clinically, that's one thing. But I wouldn't dismiss a career based on what someone else might or might not think.

  • Jun 7

    I came into nursing as a second career. I never felt particularly called to it, the education I had for my first career made nursing or teaching the easiest second careers for me to consider. Nursing seemed to have a wider range of opportunities, so I picked that. I finished nursing school five years ago, and I really like being a nurse. I don't feel like I'm a better person than others for being a nurse, so I don't project that and no one has initiated any sort of conversation to that effect. I'm a person doing my job just like they're people doing theirs. Just because my job revolves around providing care to others doesn't mean it's better. I wouldn't be interested in being a civil engineer, but we need them otherwise our bridges will fall down. Other people aren't interested in providing care for people, I do that because it's what I'm trained to do. If you don't think it's for you clinically, that's one thing. But I wouldn't dismiss a career based on what someone else might or might not think.

  • Jun 7

    I came into nursing as a second career. I never felt particularly called to it, the education I had for my first career made nursing or teaching the easiest second careers for me to consider. Nursing seemed to have a wider range of opportunities, so I picked that. I finished nursing school five years ago, and I really like being a nurse. I don't feel like I'm a better person than others for being a nurse, so I don't project that and no one has initiated any sort of conversation to that effect. I'm a person doing my job just like they're people doing theirs. Just because my job revolves around providing care to others doesn't mean it's better. I wouldn't be interested in being a civil engineer, but we need them otherwise our bridges will fall down. Other people aren't interested in providing care for people, I do that because it's what I'm trained to do. If you don't think it's for you clinically, that's one thing. But I wouldn't dismiss a career based on what someone else might or might not think.

  • Jun 7

    I came into nursing as a second career. I never felt particularly called to it, the education I had for my first career made nursing or teaching the easiest second careers for me to consider. Nursing seemed to have a wider range of opportunities, so I picked that. I finished nursing school five years ago, and I really like being a nurse. I don't feel like I'm a better person than others for being a nurse, so I don't project that and no one has initiated any sort of conversation to that effect. I'm a person doing my job just like they're people doing theirs. Just because my job revolves around providing care to others doesn't mean it's better. I wouldn't be interested in being a civil engineer, but we need them otherwise our bridges will fall down. Other people aren't interested in providing care for people, I do that because it's what I'm trained to do. If you don't think it's for you clinically, that's one thing. But I wouldn't dismiss a career based on what someone else might or might not think.

  • Jun 4

    I'm sorry that this happened to you. I would find myself in exactly the same boat if I was unlucky. At my facility, wounds are measured once a week. Dressing changes come up as a treatment order, and there is little to no documentation available to you about the wound itself. I think our wound care nurse may have a file in her office with information on her weekly rounds, but other than that there's nothing to look at. I would have done exactly the same as you and probably not given it another thought. Especially for skin tears, we just write the treatment order that we get and pass is along to the next shift verbally. Unless it's something really awful or unusual we'll just get "skin tear", and go about our work. Good luck!

  • Jun 4

    I'm sorry that this happened to you. I would find myself in exactly the same boat if I was unlucky. At my facility, wounds are measured once a week. Dressing changes come up as a treatment order, and there is little to no documentation available to you about the wound itself. I think our wound care nurse may have a file in her office with information on her weekly rounds, but other than that there's nothing to look at. I would have done exactly the same as you and probably not given it another thought. Especially for skin tears, we just write the treatment order that we get and pass is along to the next shift verbally. Unless it's something really awful or unusual we'll just get "skin tear", and go about our work. Good luck!


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