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  1. Psychological Issue Was More Serious Than Initially Suspected
    Your family member is lucky to have you. :yes: And he is also wise to accept the truth and deal with it. It takes a great deal of intestinal fortitude to acknowledge the fact that one has mental...
    Jul 21
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Has Anyone Here Worked in Assisted Living?
    Yes, I worked in assisted living for about six years off and on. And I can tell you that many residents are nursing-home candidates---dementia, wandering, confused, combative, 2-person or Hoyer lift...
    Jul 21
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  3. Mouthcare: glycerin and lemon mouthsticks
    I had to use them once when I was in the hospital, and they were awful---they actually made my mouth more dry. The "toothettes" dunked in cool water were much more refreshing to me. So whenever I had...
    Jul 19
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  4. LTC 101: What To Expect
    I hate to break it to you like this, but rehab/skilled nursing is MUCH more intense overall than LTC. In a skilled unit (SNF), you have a lot of really sick people who are basically sub-acute---fresh...
    Jul 17
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. Nursing Student w/ Anxiety
    Exactly....drugs like Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and so on can be sedating, so they're not appropriate to use prior to or during a shift. Now I'm sure someone will come along to disagree with me on this...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  6. LTC 101: What To Expect
    Yep, sounds familiar! I finally burned out last year and got out of clinical nursing entirely, took a job as a state surveyor and fell flat on my face. I'm not even looking for nursing jobs...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  7. Nursing Student w/ Anxiety
    The first thing to do is remember that your record of getting through bad or frightening experiences, thus far, is 100%.:yes: The second thing is to NOT assume you're going to have a panic attack...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  8. Getting older...feeling forced out
    I remember this happening around my mid-40s. There were several of us "older" nurses on the Med/Surg unit, and we almost always got the worst assignments---heavy-care patients, fresh post-ops (with...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  9. Epic (Nursing) FAILS!
    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Now that's a great story! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Jul 15
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  10. LTC 101: What To Expect
    Not every long-term care nurse chooses LTC as a profession. Sometimes, it chooses us. But no matter how you've arrived at your first job in a nursing facility, there are challenges awaiting you...
    Jul 14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  11. Totally Stressed
    It's hard to tell from the lack of details how severe the incident was. Did you grab her, shake her, curse at her? Or did you merely speak harshly and a little too loud? In a perfect world, we...
    Jul 7
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  12. An Unapologetic Reasoning On Why You Don't Want To Be A Nurse.
    Yep, that's exactly where I'm at now. All the nursing positions in my locale are either floor nursing jobs, which I can't do physically, or nursing management, which nearly earned me a stay in the...
    Jul 7
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  13. ADA Title I Sec. 12114 Section 104
    Major Depressive Disorder is indeed a disability. But it doesn't have to mean you're disabled. There is a big difference. :yes:
    Jul 5
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  14. Employer resonsibility?
    At the last LTC I worked in, we had a male resident who was combative like that, and after he came back from a psych hospitalization we were given orders to swack him up with 5 mg. of Haldol IM...
    Jul 5
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  15. I Miss Nursing
    Last year I retired from clinical nursing to become a state surveyor. That job didn't work out, and in late April I found myself unemployed again. Like many here, I have limitations which make it...
    Jul 4
    Forum: Retired Nurses / Inactive Nurses
  16. Heat and LTC facilities
    I'll never forget working swing shift in LTC on the one and only 110-degree day our small city has ever seen. To say that it was a miserable experience would be the understatement of the...
    Jul 4
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. ADA Title I Sec. 12114 Section 104
    You know, there's never a good time for that announcement. If you say it during the interview, you more than likely won't be hired; if you wait until the job offer is in your hands, you run the risk...
    Jul 4
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  18. ADA Title I Sec. 12114 Section 104
    I hate to say this, but the ADA is pretty much toothless when it comes to matters of hiring/retaining workers with a disability. No, employers can't legally discriminate against us, but they can...
    Jul 4
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  19. Depression and Anxiety
    I understand, OP. I have some of the same issues, and hope this thread will be full of good advice for you because working from home would be the ideal thing for me, too. :yes:
    Jul 2
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  20. History of Bipolar Disorder, can I do this?
    Hello, and Welcome to Allnurses! I'm a longtime member here who also happens to have rapid-cycling bipolar 1. I got through most of my career undiagnosed (didn't find out till a little over 2...
    Jul 2
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  21. Heat and LTC facilities
    There is a regulation that states these places must be at least 300 degrees year-round. Just kidding, but there really are regulations governing the building temperature, e.g. thermostat must be set...
    Jul 2
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. Health Care and Contraception: Did the Supreme Court Get It Right?
    Yes. THIS. ^^
    Jul 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Spring 2014 Article Contest - You Pick 4 Winners
    Done. :)
    Jul 1
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  24. concerns about seeking mental health treatment
    Hello, and Welcome to Allnurses.com. I am a nurse with over 17 years experience and a case of bipolar 1. I had severe postpartum depression which got worse with each of my five babies and...
    Jun 29
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  25. What eveyone should know before working in an assisted living facility.
    Not even close. In the ALFs I've worked in, we've had everything from wanderers with severe dementia to total care patients to brittle diabetics who need blood sugars checked six times a day. ALL of...
    Jun 28
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing


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