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  1. What do you do about doctors who don't write scripts for narcotics/sleeping pills etc
    At our facility, when I have a new admit coming, especially if its late, I make sure to communicate to the nurse giving me report that hard scripts must be sent for any narcotics. When the resident...
    May 29, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  2. I feel like such an idiot
    I appreciate new Nurses who ask questions because I feel that they care about learning how to take the best are of our residents/patients and becoming competent in their new role. On the other hand I...
    May 18, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  3. Got into a car accident after working a night shift
    I've worked nights for 13 years. In the past I have pulled over someplace safe and napped. My strategy for my 35 minute drive now is chewing ice. My co workers wondered why before I leave, I fill a...
    Jan 28, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. New NP in LTC
    Momnurse6,I wasn't trying to say that you were saying any one group of nurses is better than another and I'm sorry if you took it that way. I understand that you probably work with more LPNs. I think...
    Jan 12, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. Mouth crud
    A little bit of Mineral oil mixed with Mouthwash and a toothette have work well for me. It moistens and freshens. My LTC also has a product for mouth cleaning made by Biotene.
    Dec 31, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. what did you get for Christmas from your employer?
    We got a 25$ Walmart gift card and a t-shirt with the company logo. Also a free Christmas dinner but I work nights so I didn't come in for that. We also got lots of cards and homemade goodies from...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. What lies were you told when you were first hired in LTC?
    In my facility all staff do answer call lights but that is the extent of it. For instance, if the secretary walks in and answers a call light, she simply comes out and tells the nearest Nurse or CNA...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  8. What lies were you told when you were first hired in LTC?
    In my facility all staff do answer call lights but that is the extent of it. For instance, if the secretary walks in and answers a call light, she simply comes out and tells the nearest Nurse or CNA...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  9. I am not Superwoman
    My DON likes to say that we are a 24 hour facility and that it's ok to pass some things to the next shift. That resident returning at 10:45 would have been something that I would have passed along. A...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  10. New NP in LTC
    I have been a Nurse for 16 yrs. Almost half of that was as an LPN. I earned my ADN and then my BSN. I worked a number of years in Acute Care and am now in LTC. I find that I have worked with great...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  11. New nurses in LTC
    I'm glad you've figured that out! I have been a Nurse for 16 years and I started out in LTC as an LPN. Went on to work in the hospital for 14 yrs and some of that in float pool. I ended up on an...
    Dec 20, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  12. New nurses in LTC
    Uhmm...yes you are passing lots of meds, aren't you learning the reasons for these meds? Aren't you assessing your residents while you are in their rooms? You have your own hall, you should be...
    Dec 7, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. Dear new grad...
    I started out in LTC as an LPN and then after 1 1/2 years got a job at a hospital. I worked in this hospital for 14 yrs. While there I obtained my RN and then my BSN. I worked on a busy...
    Dec 7, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Narcotics administration
    I once had a very wise Nurse Manager on my Orthopedic Unit who said during a staff meeting, "Give pain meds when they are due. We will not make them drug addicts in the 3-4 days they are here and we...
    Aug 26, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  15. Pleasantly surprised by my CNA's!
    Hang in there! Unfortunately Nursing seems to have a lot of this kind of thing. It is very unprofessional and when you start a new job you will learn who you can trust and who you can't. Just hang...
    Aug 18, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  16. Nursing Home Medicare Skilled Units Offer Good Experience
    I began my Nursing career 16 yrs ago in LTC. I worked as an LPN in a Nursing Home for 1.5 yrs and have always been grateful for the experience I gained from my fellow Nurses and CNA's. I also fell in...
    Aug 18, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. Funny things our patients say
    I have a 91 y/o man on my unit who has had a stroke and it apparently affected the "filter" in his brain and he will say whatever comes into his head very loudly because he is also very HOH. Every...
    Jul 25, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. Long Term Care is the best!
    I am an RN who works in a Nursing Home and yes I love it too. I do have my share of frustrations overall but they don't have anything to do with the residents. I have a family member that just...
    Jul 25, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  19. It Goes Both Ways
    I love this story because it goes along with my feelings about working in LTC also. I "cut my teeth" so to speak as an LPN in LTC for the first 1 1/2 years of my career and then went on to work in a...
    Jul 25, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  20. Certified Nursing Assistants - The Nurses think we have it so easy.
    I hve never been a CNA but I was an LPN before becoming an RN. The hospital I worked in for 14 years used a direct patient care model. I was responsible for EVERYTHING that my patients needed. That...
    Jul 14, '12
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  21. Some Suggestions for Tomorrow?
    How much orientation do they provide a new grad? If it's anything less than 6 weeks, I would negotiate that or walk. LTC can be very overwhelming for any Nurse especially an new grad.
    May 30, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. mandation being used despite passage of law banning....
    I also work in a union building, mandating is alive and well and happens ever single day. Some days to more than one nurse on a shift or one nurse on each shift. There is not a pool of casual nurses...
    May 28, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  23. Hip/knee Fracture patients.. which way do you turn them?
    I worked Orthopedics/Joint Replaement in the Hospital for 13 yrs and now am in LTC. Always roll to the UNaffected side for hips as the above poster said, preferrably with a pillow intact to keep the...
    Apr 3, '12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  24. Got the Job!!! (Health Dept.)
    Whew!! Please say a prayer for me! I have an interview on April 13th with my local County Health Department and am excited and nervous! I worked in the hospital environment for 14 years and have been...
    Apr 3, '12
    Forum: Public / Community Health Nursing
  25. Nursing and Fibromyalgia
    In all of the places I've worked in WV benzos, Ultram and Lyrica have always been locked up. I don't really understand a place that doesn't since they are all considered controlled...
    Mar 7, '12
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities


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