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  1. A new puppy!!
    How can you possibly not do anything not on the 485? My son's doesn't say anything about hygiene, diaper changes, ordering supplies, stocking supplies, checking the go bag, etc. I checked with...
    Sep 18
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  2. Recycling HMVs?
    Reusable HMEs are a real thing. The plastic parts get washed and reused and the filter gets replaced. Let me see if I can find you a part number. If that is not an option, the sponge ones are...
    Sep 17
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  3. A new puppy!!
    I have mixed feelings on this. We had and still have pets in our home. I definitely appreciated nurses that cleaned up overnight hairballs but I didn't expect it and didn't mind if one said "Kitty...
    Sep 2
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  4. A new puppy!!
    Neither a therapy/emotional comfort animal nor a service animal need to carry any kind of documentation or have any kind of certification. Service dogs must be trained to perform a task for a...
    Sep 2
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  5. How much personal info do you share with parents?
    SDALPN - I only ever looked up one nurse because I was 99.9% sure she was a victim of domestic violence and just wanted to see if she was posting anything anywhere that would confirm or deny this. ...
    Jul 15
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  6. Two patients one client-revisited
    I have two comments. 1. How is your agency keeping the kids safe with one nurse? When we took two complex kiddos (not vent, though) that were sibs, our agency sent two nurses as per their policy....
    Jun 29
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  7. How many days off are appropriate?
    Every state has a waiver program and perhaps you need to apply for it based on your child's medical needs so that you can have self-directed care instead of agency care. It's not easy to choose to...
    Jun 26
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  8. How many days off are appropriate?
    Trachmom, You *can* fire the agency. You can hire nurses directly or do entirely without nursing care like lots of other parents do. If the agency thinks you are serious about canning them,...
    Jun 26
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  9. How much orientation should I expect to receive in private duty nursing?
    Agencies do what they need to do to have adequate staffing so parents don't leave agency. They will send completely underqualified nurses out to complex cases. They don't care about your license,...
    Jun 26
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  10. New RN; Reporting to CPS
    Well the good news is that you're in FL which has a long history of horrific incidences where CPS and DSS did not respond appropriately so there is a good chance that someone will actually do...
    Jun 24
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  11. What to look for when interviewing for peds PDN?
    I'm sorry to hear about your granddaughter. Since the parents are new to trachs, and I'm going to assume are not nurses, I would suggest absolutely no new nurses. I would inquire not only about...
    Jun 18
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  12. Nasty homes
    Well that's just gross. I probably wouldn't recommend wearing black or navy scrubs over here because everyone likes to cuddle with nurses, lol, but I do vacuum every other day.
    May 29
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  13. Nasty homes
    Barring an extreme allergy to pets, there is no reason to not have pets around respiratory patients. We have cats and dogs. There are 7 litter boxes. You can't smell my pets, I pick up dog poop...
    May 29
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  14. Cleaning Trach Stomas
    We did soap and water and used sterile Q-tips and 4x4s. I would have used washcloths but we have cats and dogs and I can guarantee that NOTHING was ever completely hair-free so I'd rather just use...
    May 29
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  15. Male pediatric nurses?
    One of the best PICU nurses my son ever had was a male nurse. He was the only one on the unit and he was at the top of his game.
    May 18
    Forum: Pediatric Nursing
  16. Night Shift PDNs....
    That family kind of sucks to work for. We have the middle tier of cable internet service. It has a cap. Not once have we ever, ever come near it and we did allow our nurses to use wi-fi...
    May 17
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  17. Night Shift PDNs....
    You should tell mom that it's less disruptive to have low-lighting all the time than to be turning lights on and off to suction. She needs to bring the O2 back. That child NEEDS the O2 if you...
    May 17
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  18. Pediatric home health questions
    I am not always in favor of new grads and this is from a parent's perspective. However, in the right home, with the right skills, a willingness to learn and a good agency support system, this could...
    May 2
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  19. Tips on dealing with difficult parents
    I think there is a fundamental difference between adoptive parents of MFTD children and birth parents of MFTD children. My husband and I absolutely know what we are getting involved with before we...
    May 2
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  20. Tips on dealing with difficult parents
    They need counseling. I am in no way defending their crappy behavior but it seems to me like they have no coping skills and are stuck in the denial part of the grieving process. I think they are...
    May 2
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  21. What To Do About False Notes and Charting
    Ventmommy is not a nurse. :( Ventmommy has many, many years of critical care EMS and fire department EMS experience. :) And lots of experience from her tech-dependent son. Kiyasmom is a nurse and a...
    May 1
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  22. Night and Made my Day
    I am happy for your, Ceebeejay!! I have had our schedule changed based on my child's reaction to a nurse. He couldn't verbalize but it was definitely easy to know when he was sad, happy,...
    Apr 22
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  23. Well, don't come back
    I'm sorry for your cousin. The family reacted to their stress in a very poor way. IMO, IF the policy is that a calling out nurse must find a replacement, then it's the sick nurse that should have...
    Apr 22
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  24. "Wasteful Nurses"
    Okay, I will admit that I was wrong (shhhh, don't tell my hubby!!!) and that it doesn't kill everything. It kills all the good bacteria and leaves all the space on your skin available for unkillable...
    Apr 14
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  25. "Wasteful Nurses"
    Hand sanitizer kills every living thing on your hands including good bacteria. Skin was meant to have bacteria on it. Killing everything on your skin leaves a greater opportunity for bad bacteria...
    Apr 14
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing


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