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  1. John and Mary
    Mary and John are great friends. Mary is 94, John is 96. John still has much of his mind, whereas Mary has dementia that's been progressing a lot lately. They met when John moved to the nursing home...
    Nov 27, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. I really need some advice ASAP
    I work in a nursing home. I'm the only LPN with 3 HCAs and 26 residents. There is an RN on the unit next to be which I can go to for help if needed. Something happened on my shift yesterday, and I...
    Nov 20, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Top 3 worst halloween costume to wear at work.
    I have seen lab staff dressed as vampires. I was talking to one of our doctors before Halloween and he told me that he was on call for Halloween. I told him he should dress up as the grim reaper. He...
    Nov 2, '11
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  4. Step away from the old nurse!
    Love your article. I've been nursing for a year and I'm 21. I work in long term care and I always go to the more experienced ladies for advice. My favorite staff to work with is a health care aide...
    Nov 2, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What's the task you like doing most on the job?
    I work in a nursing home. I love coming to work in the morning and pouring coffee and milk in the dining room while everyone comes out for breakfast. It always gives me a boost of energy!
    Nov 2, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. What does an RN REALLY do?
    That's not funny. I know an RN that actually does that. She's a charge nurse and I have a lot of shifts with her! She works in LTC and when shes not giving pills, she's sitting at the desk working on...
    Oct 13, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. I did a stupid, stupid thing...Need Advise!!
    My understanding was that it stays in your system for 28 days. Where I'm from, your employer has to give you 28 days to do a drug test. Unless its in your contract that they do random testing...
    Oct 12, '11
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  8. Funny things patients say !
    Working in LTC, I have so many stories to tell. Here's a few: One man is in his early 70s with dementia. He was confused and telling one of our staff members about how he's known her for years...
    Oct 11, '11
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  9. Patients' "home remedies"? What have you seen
    My Grandpa taught me to swallow a whole garlic clove when I started to feel a cold coming on. Does actually work! Honey works great for a dry cough. I use peppermint oil that I buy at a...
    Oct 11, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. LPN starting pay $26.50!
    That's awesome. I started at $22.72 and within a year it went up to $23.70. Not including shift diff. And I am part time with benefits. This is in Alberta, Canada though. The highest wage for LPN...
    Oct 10, '11
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  11. Living with poo
    Usually when I go into a resident's room who has had a suppository or prune juice cocktail, I just put the garbage can beside their bed so that I don't have to throw their dirty briefs and cloths...
    Oct 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. gained alot of weight as a nurse
    I have been a nurse for the past year and noticed that I've put on a few pounds as well. I think most of it has to do with shift work. 8 hour days and evenings. I'm okay on day shift, but switching...
    Oct 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Most important thing to know in LTC
    Always listen to your health care aides. They know the residents very well. Communication is key. Know how to delegate. Know your resident's routines and quirks. For instance, I have a resident...
    Oct 9, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  14. Why Long Term Care?
    I work 8 hour shifts at my LTC facility. During the day, the most bedside care I do is helping the aides toilet the residents. But when I work evenings, I do a lot of HS care.
    Oct 9, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. Cleaning Catheter Leg Bags?!
    I didn't mean that leg bags or washing them was ridiculous. I meant the fact that my manager is posting this memo now after having this resident in my facility for over a year. "The use of leg...
    Oct 9, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Cleaning Catheter Leg Bags?!
    But you know, it's confusing because this resident has had a leg bag in the past year and my manager JUST posted this memo. And why do we have to clean the leg bag at night and not clean the other...
    Oct 8, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Cleaning Catheter Leg Bags?!
    In my facility, long term care residents with catheters are highly advised against having leg drainage bags. There is one resident however, that is an exception. Him and his family are aware of the...
    Oct 8, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Mandated Flu vaccine?
    I work in a nursing home, and all my residents get the flu shot once a year. I had my very first flu shot last year when I started working there, and ended up having the flu for the first time over...
    Oct 2, '11
    Forum: Pandemic Flu
  19. Why Long Term Care?
    I love it because I know my resident's like the bank of my hand. I am able to tell when one of them is coming down with a UTI before getting a urine sample. Plus I love that I can take the time to...
    Sep 24, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  20. How To Deal With Bad Smells
    Vics under the nose
    Sep 24, '11
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  21. Why Long Term Care?
    I have been working in a long term care facility since I started nursing. Since I was a student, I knew that I wanted to stay working in long term care. None of my classmates agreed with me, and they...
    Sep 24, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. Sticky poop...I need some tips!
    I have never even thought of using oil or shaving cream. Interesting. In the nursing home that I work at, we use blue pads with lots of warm water and peri wash. The blue pads are a lot softer than...
    Sep 24, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Giving meds crushed in applesauce
    She has liquid tylenol ordered if she refuses the pill form. I call it her "cherry whiskey"
    Sep 22, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Giving meds crushed in applesauce
    I agree. I have a resident who refuses her meds a lot of the time. (mostly because she takes Tylenol and crushed Tylenol tastes horrible) She's on seroquel so I always crush the seroquel seperately...
    Sep 22, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Giving meds crushed in applesauce
    That is way too time consuming. I crush and mix meds in thickened juice with a honey consistancy. Then use a liquid med cup so you're not giving too much. Sometimes, if I know my patient can tolerate...
    Sep 21, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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