Latest Comments by whatdidigetmyselfin2

Latest Comments by whatdidigetmyselfin2

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Joined Apr 12, '12 - from 'NC'. whatdidigetmyselfin2 is a LPN. She has '4 years as a CNA and newer nurse' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Long-term/Geriatrics'. Posts: 47 (34% Liked) Likes: 32

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    happymama likes this.

    I recently went from a full-time 12hr LTC job to a home health job and while I work Mon-Fri 8am-whenever my last patient is, you often have to chart from home. Depending on how busy or your patient load, you could chart for hours. So some days, you may technically work from 8am-8pm including your chart time. I have a small child at home as well, and it can be hard to finish work AND pay attention to your little one as the same time. I feel like I honestly have less time with my child and do run my errands than I did when I worked my 12 hour shifts. This may or may not help you at all.

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    I agree with TheCommuter 100%. Trying to do too much too soon will completely burn you out. When I first entered in SNF, I would come in to work 15 minutes early and I would write in my notebook which assignment I had, which vitals I had to do, write down how many g-tubes, trachs etc were on my assignment, see who had appointments and what time they were leaving and broadly look over what treatments I was responsible for that day. Just having somewhat of a game plan for the day helped me with my time management so I wasn't caught off guard. The name of the game in SNF and longterm care is multi-tasking and time management!

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    I would suggest to be friendly but not too friendly. Do your own assessments because it's always better to see things with your own eyes if something needs to be called to the doctor and charted. Time management is essential because you may have medpasses, treatments, documentation, admissions and supervise other unlicensed personnel. Also, like someone else stated, just because it's LTC doesn't mean they are all elderly. You could have younger patients with recent surgeries or younger people with mental/physical issues that can't get the care they need at home.

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    Not 100% sure but I don't think you have to list a job that you left in your probationary period (i.e 90 days) on your employment history. I've been told in the first 3 months of employment, if you quit, it's without penalty and doesn't need to be told to the next employer unless you absolutely felt it was necessary.

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    I work full-time at my SNF job and I'm constantly asked to work extra shifts even if it results in overtime. Their main motivation at my job is just to have a warm body to cover that shift otherwise the higher-ups would have to come out of their office and actually do work! As long as they have someone to cover their precious medcarts, they are content and don't really care who takes the shift. IMO!

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    Thanks everyone! I think I was just having a mental block and when I looked over my resume, my skills didn't look very polished.

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    Hi everyone. I was hoping I could get some help with enhancing my skills on my resume. I work full-time in LTC as an LPN. I have some skills already on my resume but I'm drawing a blank and honestly don't know why I can't think of nursing skills to put on this resume. Please help me!

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    I haven't seen a raise or had an evaluation in 3 years.

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    I have a family member just like this! No matter what you do, there is always something else wrong. He is so bad that even the CNAs won't even walk in his direction because he is that nitpicky and disrespectful. Whenever I see him coming, I tell our DON to get herself ready for a visit from him in a few minutes. lol. But when he starts to get out of control and yell at us, I direct him to our DON. I have plenty of other residents that NEED my attention and if he's having an issue, my DON can relay what needs to be done to me.

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    I prefer working 12 hour shifts 7a-7p. I know it sounds crazy lol! Yes, I'm constantly running and being pulled in every direction I'm a newer nurse and I feel like I get more experience and learn more working during the days. I also have a charge nurse and management around if I need to ask a question so I can learn for future reference. I also have a good support system and my son is in preschool. So I can coordinate someone to pick him up on my days that I work.

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    LadyFree28 likes this.

    Quote from vintagemother
    In CA I've been taught you can't bring carts into rooms. For complicated medication/treatment regimens, we got creative with setting up everything in a tray we carried into that particular residents room--sanitized with alcohol before we start and after we exit.

    We aren't supposed to bring materials room to room because they could pick up germs and carry them from resident to resident.
    This! I was always taught even as a CNA that once something "clean" goes into a patient's room, it is then considered "dirty" even if it wasn't used. It's good to get into the habit of carrying only the things you need into the room and cleaning things like the glucometers thoroughly after use since you can't really throw those away.

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    In my facility, the med-techs are working under my license. With each change of the shift, we count all carts. The med-tech does not leave or pass off her keys without another staff member counting and signing off for her cart.

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    RNinIN likes this.

    This!!! It sounds like you work at my facility! I completely understand how you are feeling because I also go through this while at work. And don't forget about some of the management staff walking around watching you drown, not sitting with the pt that is a chronic faller, then coming and asking how your day was at the end of your shift. I try to document everything that I can especially on those hectic days when we are short on CNAs just to cover my self in case an issue arises.

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    Thanks everyone for your support and it's nice to see that others go through ALMOST the same thing as I do.. It's just a terrible situation. All of us nurses are running around without breaks, lunch breaks, AND staying over 1-1.5 hours AFTER our shift just to get the basics done. Meanwhile, the DON and management have eaten their lunches together and sometimes even have the time to go shopping at walmart on company time for their own personal items. It's just frustrating and overwhelming at times. And it's nice to see that others go through ALMOST the same thing as I do.

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    Candogal and systoly like this.

    I normally don't post much on this forum but I feel like I just need to vent a little just to try to get these feelings off of my chest. Sorry in advance if I seem a little whiny but lately our facility is undergoing major changes and its very overwhelming. I am a newer grad and I was starting to get the hang of my job and my own hall but with the changes, I've been completely switched to a different assignment so now I have to start fresh and get acquainted with a set of new patients.


    I'm also in charge of 3-4 CNAs, a med-tech, and almost 45 patients A SHIFT. And I have my own medpass and treatments for my 45 patients...with no charge nurse on most days. Meanwhile, our DON and administration are walking around, piling more work on us, and not lifting a finger to help in anyway. Please don't let anyone have an emergency, new admission or a fall, or I'll never go home.

    I have some good CNAs but there are a handful that I can completely rely on them to not do their work. I have at least 1-2 falls a day or a few skin tears that I must write up. And when I talk to my supervisor about it, it's like it goes over her head and she never does anything to call these coworkers out. It's not fair for the ones that work hard and care for their residents to have to pick up their slack.

    I feel like I've been thrown to the wolves, mauled, regurgitated, and then trampled over on most days. I feel so unsupported, overworked and under-appreciated. Even though I have these feelings, I still go into work everyday with the intentions of doing the best for my patients as if they were my own family. But it's hard when the bottom line is the all mighty $.


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