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  1. Biting Your Tongue
    Other things I would've loved to say or have said to people (Long Term Care): 1. No you can't smoke AND use oxygen. 2. You abused your kids the whole time they were growing up, & you can't...
    Jun 18
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  2. A difficult initiation to nursing in tornado affected area
    I know the feeling! Shortly after graduation--before I even took the NCLEX--Joplin, MO was devastated by tornadoes. My daughter is a Paramedic. She called the Red Cross to see if they could use us...
    Jun 18
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. Didnt attemp CPR to a rigor mortis patient
    I work at a Long-Term Facility. We were told that if the person is a Full Code, even if they are "stiff as a board", we are required to do CPR until EMS arrives. We can call someone that is a DNR...
    Jun 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. "State's Here!": Demystifying the Long-Term Care Survey
    The state stayed an extra day "because we couldn't find anything, yet".
    Feb 12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. "State's Here!": Demystifying the Long-Term Care Survey
    I totally agree with you! We've had more falls due to residents being able to un-velcro those stupid lap buddies & fall before we can get to them. Seat belts that can't be unfastened for dementia...
    Feb 12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  6. Hanging It Up
    I look forward to a time when I can either retire, or find a job outside of LTC. I've never worked with such a rude, back-stabbing bunch of people in my life.
    Dec 26, '13
    Forum: Retired Nurses / Inactive Nurses
  7. What do you tell parents when...
    Just tell them the complete truth. As a mother that watched her infant die from a life-threatening illness, I can tell you that they want to know EVERYTHING no matter how devastating.
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  8. Top 10 reasons we get fired!
    Our DON has 2 drinking buddies/best friends that work with us. They are always causing trouble, snitching on the smallest things while they get away with anything.
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. JCAHO Requirement
    We have 1 pill slicer for about 25 people. We've never had a problem with residue being an issue. I think this is just another example of someone sitting at a desk trying to come up with ideas to...
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. A feeling of impending doom
    We have the same problem. The few cocky ones that are also fairly new are doing the training. They train the new nurses to pass meds & that's about it while they sit back & do nothing. Then the...
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. What is the worst hardship/story you have ever seen/heard in your nursing career?
    The elderly resident's SON was drugging her & having sex with her. She was confused & didn't know any better. For some reason, they let him take her back home to live.
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Would you accept this call out excuse?
    Some of the excuses I got: 1. "I have a hangover." (At least they were honest.) 2. "My sister is in the hospital" Me: "for what?" Them: "I don't know." Supposedly this employee went to the...
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. How to Survive Nursing Profession: A Psychological Approach for New Nurses
    Nursing is the hardest job I ever had. Plus there is a LOT of back-stabbing, cliques, & competition. I look forward to retiring to get away from all of this. However, I love the residents. I...
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. If Nursing were a Male-Dominated Field
    There would be a strict limit to how many patients a nurse can be given.
    Oct 30, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Nurses dressing up for Halloween
    Working in LTC, we are all dressing up on my shift. The residents get such a kick out of it! One stipulation. I told staff they just can't dress up as the Grim Reaper, LOL. The Aides are...
    Oct 23, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Would love to hear your stories of rewards of long term care nursing.
    I work in a LTC facility. Pluses: you can usually get more hours than in a hospital, & you get to know all of the residents. You can get pretty close to some of the residents. Minuses: some of...
    Oct 23, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. 10 Questions New Grads Would Love to Ask a Recruiter
    It's VERY hard to get a job in a hospital if you are an older (over 45) grad. This group is much more loyal & do less job jumping, so it really doesn't make much sense.
    Oct 23, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  18. Break the Silence Report Bullying
    I graduated from RN school with our last DON. She had it out for me from day 1 when she took the DON position. She wrote me up for the tiniest things & would point out mistakes at our meetings &...
    Sep 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  19. Break the Silence Report Bullying
    Our DON has 2 RN drinking buddies/best friends. Those 2 RN's seem to think they are better than the other nurses because they've brown-nosed their way into being buddies with the DON. So the RNs...
    Sep 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  20. RN Salary Survey 2013:  Post here!
    1. Missouri 2. 2 yrs 3. LTC 4. 19.24 5. After 6p .30/hr 6. No. Cost of living not bad, though. (Rent $500/mo includes cable, all utilities including trash total $100/mo.)
    Aug 28, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. It's never too late!
    Fifty is NOT too old to start going for your RN! I graduated at 53 & passed the boards the first time! I had absolutely no experience in the nursing field, either. Some places still use LPNs, but...
    Aug 28, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  22. It's never too late!
    The RN program that I went to had senior citizens that have graduated from it. Also, I graduated & got my RN license at 53. It was worth it, too! My kids have more incentive to continue their...
    Aug 28, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  23. New grad RN, freaking out, is this normal??
    Working in a LTC facility is hard work. BUT, after about 2 weeks things WILL get easier. LTC facilities change staff a LOT & usually welcome ANY new nurses to ease the burden of those already...
    Jul 17, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. Depression and anxiety in the NICU
    One thing I learned quickly. YOU CANNOT SAVE THE WORLD. Just do your best, know that if not for you many of those kids wouldn't become adults one day.
    Jul 17, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  25. The Patient Who Receives No Visits
    We have an elderly dementia resident. She visited often until legal paperwork was signed, proving he was incapable of making his own decisions. Now she only shows up for X-mas & his birthday. ...
    Mar 13, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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