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  1. Polygraph??
    I just took one for a county jail position... It was scary, but they choose questions based on responses you give on a written questionnaire. Things like "Are you the kind of person who lies to...
    Mar 16, '11
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  2. Frustrated and overwhelmed at work...Vent/Advice?
    Thanks for the advice :). I'm lobbying hard to move the filing out of my office at the moment...It's a matter of coming up with a plan to present as an alternative to the current arrangement....
    Feb 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Frustrated and overwhelmed at work...Vent/Advice?
    It's ok, I didn't have a clue when I started the job, lol. MDS stands for Minimum Data Set; it's essentially an overview of a resident's condition that we submit to CMS to calculate reimbursement...
    Feb 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Frustrated and overwhelmed at work...Vent/Advice?
    As do I, it's becoming more and more evident! ;)
    Feb 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Frustrated and overwhelmed at work...Vent/Advice?
    *I initially posted this in the MDS sub-forum, but it's more of a generalized issue, so it's here as well :) * I'm basically at my wits end in my current position. I accepted the MDS coordinator...
    Feb 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Frustrated and overwhelmed...
    I'm basically at my wits end in my current position. I accepted the MDS coordinator position in September because I loved the facility and was dying to come back in any capacity I could. It was the...
    Feb 23, '11
    Forum: MDS Coordinator Information
  7. You know it's going to be a crazy night at work, when
    ...when you get a call on your way into work saying "State just walked in!" (LTC/psych) Or, you walk through the front door and are immediately assailed by a flying laundry bin/angry family...
    Feb 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Do your ancillary depts annoy you (security, transport)?
    Oh, I wholeheartedly agree with you! God forbid someone actually does it and manages to pass the NCLEX....I sure wouldn't want them at my bedside if I were a patient.
    Feb 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Do your ancillary depts annoy you (security, transport)?
    The OB incident was while we were doing OB rotation, which was during his 3rd try at PN school....She alleged that he was hitting on her, but I don't know the exact details. What boggles my mind is...
    Feb 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Do your ancillary depts annoy you (security, transport)?
    OMG! He sounds exactly like a guy I know :O....He was in the nursing program for 3 years in succession, because he kept failing out. He eventually got expelled from school for 1). Getting an OB...
    Feb 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Diabetic care in corrections.
    Slightly different situation, (I worked in a large private/BOP facility), but I used to argue about this issue too. Our inmates were not restricted in any way, diet wise. According to policy, diet...
    Feb 4, '11
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  12. Looking professional all day long . . .
    It sounds like we have the same hair, lol. I always referred to mine as "wavy-straight" until I realized that, like ky_grl82 said, it really wanted to be curly hair. I'm a bit of a hair product...
    Jan 28, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Accu-Care
    We recently switched to a web based program, but I still use Accu-Care for annuals because the CAA process (believe it or not) is laid out better. If I need to combine 2 sections, I generally write a...
    Jan 25, '11
    Forum: MDS Coordinator Information
  14. Good hand lotion?
    I swear by Cornhusker's Lotion. My father used it for years on his hands (he's a farmer, so you can imagine), and was always trying to persuade me to "stop buying all that frou-frou crap, and try...
    Jan 24, '11
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  15. Lab Tracking Logs
    This is what we use to track what's drawn; it's a version of what we used when I did contract nursing at the Federal prison. I made a separate sheet to track standing lab orders, which is basically...
    Jan 19, '11
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant
  16. This may be a silly question, but I need advice...
    I love drug rep swag pens...dark ink, no skip-age, and they don't give me gnarly finger calluses (I apparently am an aggressive scribbler, lol); however, since the re-vamping of the laws, they're...
    Jan 4, '11
    Forum: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  17. ICD-9 codes
    Here is the list I use....It's not super inclusive, but it covers most of the basic medical dx fairly well. :)
    Dec 23, '10
    Forum: MDS Coordinator Information
  18. Just got my letter for Pelican Bay...questions!!!
    Dah! I'm horribly jealous! ;) The facility in which I worked was minimum security, so there was a much greater freedom of movement/interaction with nursing staff, inmate wise. Although you'll...
    Dec 22, '10
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  19. Fall Risk Assessment
    I would love a copy of yours! :) I'm trying to revamp our assessment process, as the previous MDS person got overwhelmed by the repetition/redundancy of the current one (which is why she left). If...
    Dec 22, '10
    Forum: MDS Coordinator Information
  20. Such a bad rap
    I agree that other jobs ARE intrinsically dangerous by their nature, maybe moreso than nursing. This isn't meant to be a p**sing contest between healthcare and other jobs. But I think the point...
    Dec 21, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. Such a bad rap
    Ditto. I worked for 2 years in a correctional center clinic, and despite the fact that ALL of my patients were convicted felons, I never once felt threatened, let alone assaulted by my patients. When...
    Dec 20, '10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. what makes a good nurse?
    I forgot to add, some of the best nurses I've ever worked with weren't "talkers". They were not they type to chat with anyone just because they were nearby; but when they DID say something, it...
    Dec 20, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. what makes a good nurse?
    I think some of the best assets I've noticed in nurses I respect are (1) an ability to "read" people, e.g. knowing when to joke, when to play it straight, and when to just shut it and let the patient...
    Dec 20, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. what nerve!
    I think the issue is not so broad as with new nurses in general; IMHO, people who treat their jobs (and co-workers!) with the kind of disdain that you describe have probably never had a crappy job,...
    Dec 15, '10
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  25. Fall Risk Assessment
    We still have the 2.0 based one; I've been trying to revamp the assessments, but so far I haven't found one I liked. :(
    Dec 15, '10
    Forum: MDS Coordinator Information


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