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  1. Horizontal Violence in LTC
    Hello all! I have been working in LTC for 7 years now, 6 as a CNA and 1 as an LPN. I have seen a lot of management changes, and staff turnover. During the staffing and budget cuts we have lost a...
    Apr 17, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  2. Health Care Proxy Dilemma/Question
    I'm in Massachusetts
    Dec 30, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Health Care Proxy Dilemma/Question
    I haven't really had a patient of this nature; it's always been easy to define whether they are competent or not. I guess that's why I was asking. I definitely see why he was seen in the first place,...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Health Care Proxy Dilemma/Question
    Hello all! I'm a long-time lurker and haven't posted in a while but I have an issue that's really been bothering me. So let me give you a background.. Pt has Parkinson's disease, AAO to person...
    Dec 21, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Do I give the med or hold?
    I believe it also comes in a liquid suspension form- obviously not time released so he would just have to get it more often. I agree though, don't hold.
    Aug 25, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  6. The Patient I Failed
    Absolutely heartbreaking.. and working in LTC, it hits so close to home..
    Aug 21, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. Certified Nursing Assistants - The Nurses think we have it so easy.
    I was a CNA before I became a nurse, and let me tell you, most days I wish I was a CNA again. While the physical demand is much less, the stressful MD/family calls, changes in patient condition and...
    Jul 14, '12
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  8. Why Is It That Everyone Thinks They're A Good Nurse?
    I don't consider myself a great nurse and I don't expect anyone to describe me as such. That's not to say that I am completely inadequate or foolish.. I've been a nurse for about 8 months and I think...
    Apr 4, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. Reporting a Fall???
    You document what you saw, it's not your job to document what you assume happened. Like a previous poster said, I've had residents in LTC that sit themselves on the floor, crawl, slide.. etc.. so not...
    Mar 4, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  10. Do nurses have to clean up vomit?
    And if your patient begins to complain of nausea/stomach ache.. etc.. make sure that basin is front and center! And I mean a real basin (label it for 'oral use only'), not one of those tiny emesis...
    Mar 4, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  11. Concerned about work environment
    Leave ASAP! And then after you've left and have a new job, blow the whistle on that other facility- it sounds like they need to be shut down.
    Mar 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. CNAs deserve more appreciation in nursing!
    I'm not at all bothered when a patient mistakenly calls a CNA a nurse.. it's when that CNA answers to 'nurse' and does not politely correct the patient/resident, that's when I get bothered because...
    Feb 28, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Why can't you write people's names in your note: Rationale?
    The only time I was told that it is inappropriate to use a name is when you are referring to another resident/patient (as in a patient-to-patient altercation) and I believe in that instance it's...
    Dec 31, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Anyone ever ask for more orientation?
    Not all LTCs. It definitely depends on the facility and region because I am on week 5 of my orientation and I will be finished next week which adds up to a total of 6 weeks of orientation. About 1...
    Oct 15, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. Slipper Socks question
    I agree with the poster above, dry the floor as best you can and then put them on. Slipper socks should definitely be on in the hallways/rooms at all times, not only as a safety issue, but I shudder...
    Oct 11, '11
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  16. Cleaning Catheter Leg Bags?!
    The drainage bag should be cleaned in the same manner when disconnected in the morning. I would just mention to your manager that she should add that to the memo. I find it strange that your...
    Oct 9, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Anywhere in the country hiring new LPN grads with no experience?
    If you're willing to apply for reciprocity that could open up a lot of options for you! I believe Fairview nursing home in Hudson, NH is taking applications (my brother works there as a kitchen aide...
    Sep 26, '11
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  18. ? about resident throwing self OOB
    I agree! I also agree with keeping him safe from injury but some investigation has to be done to determine what exactly is going on with him. Definitely need to look into the cause of his pain and if...
    Sep 15, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Facebook Violations
    Just as an aside. A coworker of mine was working one night and a water main broke, causing a flood of about an inch of water in several resident rooms, bad enough to evacuate several residents to a...
    Sep 11, '11
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  20. nursing career without touching people
    You could potentially be a screener, I'm not sure whether those jobs prefer you to have nursing experience though. You basically only have to work with charts and social workers from what I...
    Sep 7, '11
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. Greater Lowell Tech LPN 2011
    Thank you! I was in days, and our ages varied greatly, some as young as 18, and up to a handful who were middle aged. We were very supportive of each other and assisted each other throughout the...
    Jul 22, '11
    Forum: Massachusetts Nursing
  22. Greater Lowell Tech LPN 2011
    Congratulations ladies on the great accomplishment! I was also in last years class, I'm waiting to take the boards as well, they're scheduled for tomorrow! Just remember, keep at it, do your reading...
    Jul 21, '11
    Forum: Massachusetts Nursing
  23. Need help on Nursing Diagnoses (NANDA Format)
    I think for the pain one you could probably just write 'Chronic pain related to diagnosis of Scoliosis' because I think 'long-standing' might be a bit redundant since it's assumed that chronic pain...
    May 14, '11
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  24. need help with short term and long term goals...pls
    For the fall one, perhaps that the patient will remain safe/free from falls for the next 3 months? I would say that only because the whole focus of the careplan is falls, and I would want to address...
    May 14, '11
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  25. Tips for Physical Assessment
    I love that style Solneeshka! That's truly going from head to toe! I need to start organizing my assessments like that.. I'm always poking back in the room because I forgot to do/hear/palpate...
    Feb 27, '11
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance


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