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  • 8:29 pm

    Where do you want to be in 5 years? That alone should influence your decision.

    For me.. less stress and closer to home .. is golden.

  • 6:38 pm

    Quote from VioletKaliLPN
    This is common in my LTC facility. I have a lady who gets 2 shots of vodka and some OJ at 1600. She is a vietnam vet, bilateral leg amputee, and alert and oriented. QUALITY OF LIFE is vital.

    If I ever end up in SNF, I may just have to ask for an order "Medicate until hammered"
    Standing orders should read.. one shot every 30 minues until no pain is felt.

  • 9:36 am

    Too bad she quit the day job, not gonna make it as a cake decorator.

  • 8:54 am

    Quote from TheCommuter
    Welcome! Since this dilemma was posted more than three years ago, hopefully the original poster has resolved the night shift issue by now.
    Some day.. I will learn.

  • 12:36 am

    Quote from barbyann
    Go interview for another position on days somewhere, leave her name and number as a reference. Maybe when she gets that call she will realize you are serious. Then she can either give you days or lose you. You will get your answer but may not like it.
    Brilliant.

  • 12:18 am

    "From the previous Saturday to Thursday I worked six 12s in a row; our staffing was that bad"

    That's all I need to know. You are working with unsafe conditions.
    File a unsafe staffing complaint.. each and every shift.

    Fight the fight.. or get out.

  • Dec 9

    I can work from home in my jammies.

  • Dec 9

    We all care deeply for a patient, that is passing on. I have been there for many patients and comforted them on their way out.
    Keep it on a professional level. Love is a special thing, save it for when you need it.

  • Dec 9

    Quote from purplegal
    So, the another night, we got a new admit. Along with this new person, amongst all the busyness that accompanies new people, was a strange order that made, and still makes, me nervous. Apparently, we are to give him whiskey along with his evening medications. This worries me since alcohol interacts with so many medications. Not to mention that, if we were to need to manage any pain, we would have to give dilaudid, which shouldn't be given with alcohol. It is an order, and he said he legally is able to do so, but it still makes me uncomfortable. It doesn't seem right as part of my nursing duties to be giving patients alcohol.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? Am I right to be leery about this order?
    In this case, whiskey is a medication. Know the rationale and admister as ordered.
    It appears you have personal issues with alcohol.
    If the patient WAS to develop pain.. you would go straight for Dilaudid?
    Rethink your comfort strategies.

  • Dec 9

    Quote from VioletKaliLPN
    This is common in my LTC facility. I have a lady who gets 2 shots of vodka and some OJ at 1600. She is a vietnam vet, bilateral leg amputee, and alert and oriented. QUALITY OF LIFE is vital.

    If I ever end up in SNF, I may just have to ask for an order "Medicate until hammered"
    Standing orders should read.. one shot every 30 minues until no pain is felt.

  • Dec 9

    Nursing school is VERY competitive. I am an excellent student, but I cannot imagine succeeded while taking care of a 5 year old and a newborn.

    Your mileage may vary.

  • Dec 9

    Nursing school is VERY competitive. I am an excellent student, but I cannot imagine succeeded while taking care of a 5 year old and a newborn.

    Your mileage may vary.

  • Dec 8

    Quote from CelticGoddess
    Not in a right to work state.
    I am not saying I know law. I do know that a coworker was terminated, the paper trail leading to her dismissal was immaculate. Her brother was a lawyer, got her reinstated and 20K to boot. All depends on the right lawyer, should OP choose to fight the termination.

  • Dec 8

    Quote from klone
    Sounds like they've been looking for a reason to let you go. If it wasn't this, it would be something else. I would see no value to myself to continue working there. So with that in mind, I wouldn't "do anything" unless you're hoping for compensatory damages. Wrongful termination lawsuits are very hard to win, though.
    Wrongful termination lawsuits, are a piece of cake with the right lawyer.

  • Dec 8

    Quote from purplegal
    So, the another night, we got a new admit. Along with this new person, amongst all the busyness that accompanies new people, was a strange order that made, and still makes, me nervous. Apparently, we are to give him whiskey along with his evening medications. This worries me since alcohol interacts with so many medications. Not to mention that, if we were to need to manage any pain, we would have to give dilaudid, which shouldn't be given with alcohol. It is an order, and he said he legally is able to do so, but it still makes me uncomfortable. It doesn't seem right as part of my nursing duties to be giving patients alcohol.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? Am I right to be leery about this order?
    In this case, whiskey is a medication. Know the rationale and admister as ordered.
    It appears you have personal issues with alcohol.
    If the patient WAS to develop pain.. you would go straight for Dilaudid?
    Rethink your comfort strategies.


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