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  1. is anyone else being laid off, reduced hours, etc?
    We have a full building as well with a waiting list. A bed is usually empty no more than a day or 2. For whatever reason, we only have a couple PRN nurses and no PRN CNA'S, so full time staff is...
    Jul 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Post-Fall Neuro Exam
    I have them do AROM to all 4 extremities if they are able. If not, I'll do slow and careful PROM after a looking them over for any signs of obvious trauma. Of course I ask if they hurt anywhere while...
    Jul 13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  3. Advice for a new grad starting on graveyard shift?!!
    Ear plugs. A really good set of comfortable ear plugs. Just as soon as you get to sleep your neighbor will decide that the tree nearest your window needs trimming...with a chainsaw. Get blackout...
    Jul 12
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  4. Holiday Pay-- Anyone else heard of this??
    We have 2 paid holidays a year. (Christmas and can't remember the other one.) On the other major holidays we get paid straight time, but are offered the option to cash in PTO. Nurses get 19 (8 hr)...
    Jul 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Heat and LTC facilities
    My area of the building happens to face Texas. Therefore, the sun roasts my unit from around noon until sunset. The air is on, set at 67 degrees in most areas. It feels like 167 lately, and...
    Jul 3
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  6. New Grad RN- Being "Charge Nurse" over seasoned LVNs and CNAs
    I favor educating and giving a general "heads up" about what's going on for my CNA's. I have found that a great majority of CNA's that I have worked with really appreciate me taking a little bit of...
    Jun 29
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  7. What "isn't" on the MAR
    In some facilities I have seen 1st shift meds/tx highlighted in blue, 2nd shift green, and 3rd shift pink to make it much easier to pick out who needs to do/admin what and when. It helped to have a...
    Jun 25
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  8. To Treat or Not to Treat Unrelated Dx Hospice Pt.
    I have seen this situation far too often since moving to Texas and was curious if hospice pts are treated (or not) similarly in other areas. Case in point: Late 80's female admitted to hospice in LTC...
    Jun 19
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  9. New Nurse
    I still felt like that after 6 months. It takes at least a year of nursing to begin to feel like you might actually be something close to competent. It's perfectly normal to be scared to death and...
    Jun 14
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  10. Did you work while in LPN school?
    My program was M-F, 7a-4p. I needed about 3 hrs/day after class to study and complete homework. The weekends were spent studying for the every Monday morning test and to finish up any homework that...
    Jun 14
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  11. Where is a profitable city or state for LPN/LVNs that also has favorable weather?
    Don't forget to check out cost of living in the areas you're looking at. I live in a suburb of Austin and the rents here are outrageous. Average (by my estimate) rent for a modest 3 bed/2 ba house is...
    Jun 10
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  12. I Hope No One Hires You
    It's a well run facility and a good place to work. Staffing ratios are better than average. Management is supportive and believe in educating/re-training before disciplinary action. The staff that...
    Jun 8
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. I Hope No One Hires You
    We have CNA's who do that routinely. No call/no show and refuse to answer the phone. Gee. Then we have the PRN nurses who refuse to work my hall. So, when we have our at least weekly call off...
    Jun 8
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  14. Impossible Family Member
    He actually ended up passing, but at the time of the original post he was quite alert, oriented, and stable. In fact, he passed from an acute illness unrelated to his hospice dx.
    Jun 5
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. Weight loss in Nursing
    I guess what I'm trying to get at is that as nurses we care for others mind/body/spirit but tend to neglect our own. Then along comes well meaning people who feel food rewards are the way to go and...
    Jun 5
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  16. Weight loss in Nursing
    I'm doing pretty well with my diet, having lost 76 lbs in about 14 months. It's just that at work it gets crazy/stressful (no kidding, huh? Lol) and I'm caught off guard by the goodies at times. I'll...
    Jun 4
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. Weight loss in Nursing
    I have generally been a larger nurse through most of my career, though not all of my life. My current motivation for weight loss is not purely aesthetic anymore. I take care of people daily who are...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. Why do people don't like it when we send resident out?
    Some nurses, believe it or not, get their ego bruised because they didn't get to be the "hero" and send someone in need to be treated. In the last facility I worked in, a nurse found a resident on...
    May 31
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  19. I'm stuck w/ a LTC patient who has Munchausen's
    Jeez. Sounds like my mother. :) (Whom of which I have "diagnosed" with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.) Very, VERY attention seeking. She makes mountains out of mole hills, (especially when it...
    May 27
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  20. Need to vent!
    I have worked for facilities that will care plan certain resident's to end up on their floor mat and not consider it a fall. Their alarms must be on, in place and functioning, the bed must be in the...
    May 23
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  21. Impossible Family Member
    Isn't it a sad state of affairs that some resident's/family members are so difficult that it illicits the "fight or flight" response in us? I love what I do, and take personal satisfaction in helping...
    May 18
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. State Surveyors
    The worst experience I have had, hands down, was when State and Feds entered for survey. Dear. God. I was taken to "the room" with 4 State and 2 Feds and a State Surveyor drilled me for 45 minutes on...
    May 17
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  23. Impossible Family Member
    I currently have a family member who is impossible to please. No matter what I or the other nurses do, we are always questioned. Not only are we questioned, she drills nurses about what other nurses...
    May 15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  24. Just an LPN...
    My favorite is when someone looks at my name badge and says, "Oh. You're just an LVN. (Usually with "that look" on their face like they're trying to figure out what that road kill was prior to...
    May 13
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  25. How important is your 'look' as a nurse
    In LTC it seems most nurses are hired for their experience + overall appearance. Appearance counts, but they don't seem to be looking for the next Miss America. Take me for example. I am overweight,...
    May 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion