ClearBlueOctoberSky, LPN 7,492 Views
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Kansas. Seriously. The NCKTC program there is fantastic, most of it is online.
I would never in a million years criticize a patient or family member for their personal hygiene. Believe me, working in the ER I'm exposed to some very ripe folk.
If people don't know about bathing and deodorant by now, they are extremely socially challenged. There are ads on TV up the yin-yang. My kids became shower obsessed in middle school without any prompting from me, social pressure was totally sufficient.
You made a serious faux-pas there. If you were a school nurse helping a clueless student, that would be a different story.
I currently work LTC/Memory Care. I get told "I love you" all the time, in which I reply "Aw. I love you too." There is no feeling behind the sentiment, it is a validation statement made for that resident.
I also get kissed...usually after I have been slapped and have told the resident not to hit me. *sigh*
No love, no respect. (that was said with sarcasm, for those wondering.)
Paying for Medicare! Yes. My mom has Tricare, and is still required to carry Medicare B, which I pay for to the tune of over 400 for three months. I also struggle with the Dr/patient relationships for her appointments.
If we see her regular NP, it is not a problem: we communicate great. IF she sees one of the multiple "specialists" that she needs to be referred to, the ball is in the air. The last appointment was due to concerns regarding her oxygen, memory loss at altitude due to lack of oxygen, and so on. We were told (because she is on Lasix) that her breathing issues were due to CHF, and I need to cut back on salt while cooking, she needs to cut back on her pain medication, and she needs to exercise more (can only walk short, and I mean short! distances without becoming dyspneic).
If I tell them I am a LPN and retired Paramedic, I get dismissed. If I don't say anything, I get treated like I'm stupid. What's a caregiver to do? Except become more assertive, and develop their own plan of care with the blessing of the NP who is able to think outside of the box.
I work in our secured neighborhood for Dementia, and we don't report every RTRA. For it to be reportable, the Resident has to demonstrate understanding of the incident and there has to be significant injury. I'm in Colorado, so even though our standards have tightened up in the last few years, it is probably different than where you are.
Why would I slack off? I'm not, I'm trying to get ahead because I have a kid this go around. Just because I'm trying to get ahead on my assignments doesn't mean I'm doing them half asked.
Like I stated, I have a son this time. So I can't take my time like I could pre-baby. Yes my son is daycare but if he gets sick (or today he was teething) & I have to pick him up early, I have no one else to watch him. So there goes my day & I can't do any more work.
But this post explains that one.
When you have kids & go to school, working ahead is in your best interest.
I love Melba toast. It is actually very light and crisp. Yummy with Jalapeno jam and cream cheese!
I know. I just hope she didn't think because I've taken A&P before I'm an A&P expert & to a different level than everyone else taking the class. I just wanted to get ahead now because I have a son & today he had to come home early from daycare. Days like that I won't be able to get as much or any work done.
Zwieback crackers are very yummy! Like a thick graham cracker!! Yes, I used to eat my daughter's zwieback crackers!
I think I'm in withdrawal from working.
Going from working 50 to 60 hours a week as a Nurse manager back to part-time floor nurse has left me feeling discombobulated and feeling I don't know what to do with the extra time off. I'll be glad when school starts up next week.
I love olives, btw. A nice salty bite.
Yeah, that happens sometimes. I wouldn't feel bad, for it isn't a TERRIBLE mistake. The nurse probable should have asked what you needed it for, and then dolloped some out into a medicine cup, or given you the individual packets.
My concern is that using Vasoline with oxygen could cause burning or irritation, because it truly is a petroleum product, which can interact with direct flow oxygen.
I think the Nurse overreacted, and shouldn't have spoken to you like that. It was rude, condescending, and inappropriate, and uncalled for.
Or cleaning up spilled juice with peri wipes.
There are canes with hidden sabers in them, maybe they want it as a weapon.
This isn't as colorful, and one of my pet peeves. Watching people on the street pick up their walker/cane and walk. Ugh. If you are able to do that, you don't need the darn thing.
There are those of use who try very, very hard to NOT send out our Dementia patients; because of everything you mentioned. It is heartbreaking to be suspected of abuse because your Dementia patient who fell and has a knot on their forehead is scared and frightened and away from the ones that they recognize and is really combative. It is also heartbreaking when you get the same patient back who, you now have to detox off all the ativan and haldol and seroquel and zyprexa that was used to control said combative behaviors; medications that they were never on in the first place.
What I have learned this week? It's hard when your nursing style is so different than my counterpart. It is difficult/embarrassing to hear "thank you, because "The Other Nurse" never does this".
I have also learned, that while difficult on the budget, going part-time in prep to finish pre-reqs for my bridge program was the best decision I have made.
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