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  1. If I hate being a med tech, will I hate being a nurse?
    The point is, in Assisted Living you do not need to be a CNA or CMA or have worked in healthcare before. You can come in off the street, get that bit of under training and call it good, your ready...
    Sep 11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  2. Nursing Home - Abandonment?
    That seems to be a typical analogy if trying to reduce hours d/t census. As long as a nurse is in the building and narc's are counted with that said nurse along with reporting off, that is okay. ...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  3. Residents that need constant supervision
    Yes, and I do not believe it will get any better in the future. Such a sad state in many cases.
    Nov 18, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  4. Frustrated With New Narcotic Rules
    Also, some with major pain issues from surgeries come without prn pain med's, not even APAP. No pain all day but when trying to sleep at night, frustrating when a block decides to wear off. Lately...
    Nov 13, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. Staffing requirements
    I also thought in my state we couldn't add in Supervisor nurses either but the place I work at now does. Sure makes the 'numbers' look good.
    Sep 24, '14
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  6. How Many Night Nurses Attend Meetings?
    I'm always told, "I remember those days too," like it's a right of passage or something, LOL. Just depends if it falls on my night off or my first night on.
    Sep 22, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  7. First time at a nursing home
    Welcome to the USA. Everything is money driven and we are suppose to care even though the time allowed isn't enough in some cases, depending on the nursing home you are working in. Unfortuately,...
    Aug 21, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  8. Base pay of RN BSN in LTC
    Wages will vary from place to place, even amongst corporate NH's. BSN means nothing where I work and your not given a higher wage because of it.
    Jun 11, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  9. Do any nursing homes use "agency staffing" anymore?
    I heard that my place of employment will not hire Agency anymore (agency nurses or CNA's) because it about broke them at one time (that's the rumor anyway). Only in very rare cases would a...
    Jun 11, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  10. DON telling nurses to leave without finishing work..
    Late entry your next shift may be the only option.
    Apr 22, '14
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  11. It's all in the presentation
    Another crucial thought is repeating the addage old, "the family wants them checked out in the ER," or "level of consciuos change," works well BUT, it had better be the truth also and documented as...
    Mar 16, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  12. Why I Cannot Sleep
    Thankyou for advocating for this woman. It's the quiet ones, non-verbal that get forgotten b/c of the noisy, demanding, anxiety ridden, poor pain control, etc Residents that take up so much of your...
    Mar 2, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. Documentation, Scapegoating and Fear for Jobs.. The Current Status of Being an RN.
    Try working in an SNF/LTC, same thing there only twice to four times the amount of patients and what you don't document, didn't happen. Team work is absolutely necessary but the shear number of...
    Feb 25, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Tinetti balance score
    I always loved the thought of keeping people to their highest level of functioning but where I work, they are so embedded with 'resident rights' that if they ask, we HAVE to do for them even though...
    Feb 21, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. Seniors' texting
    I will have to copy this and take it to work with me, haha.
    Feb 15, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  16. Rude residents
    Oh, it's amazing what is accepted into the ALF and how long they will be there and we all know it's not the right place for them but as long as nothing bad bad happens, it will be this way. ...
    Feb 6, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. Unhappy RN at LTC Avoid Extra Shifts
    Yes, I do understand your plight since it is the same for me (in a way). I specifically work a certain shift that I can handle part time but am called constantly for more shifts or to work, mostly...
    Feb 6, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. Where are you on the global fat scale?
    And another I don't want to talk about it. :no:
    Jan 10, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  19. Resident nurse ratio question
    They are doing that to our 3rd shift since not able to get CNA's hired so "let's just have 2 nurses and 1 CNA". I hate it since most the work falls on the CNA. Then, the next night you may the...
    Jan 5, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  20. Broken RN
    This is not the way ALL LTC homes run. Sounds like for your health and welfare you should leave this place ASAP. Just breaking up a fight and the supervisors not handling the situation would be...
    Dec 3, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. Let's not try to make them invalids or keep them invalids
    If living in a NH, these are pretty much Resident rights but we are still responsible for the falls, even after the Resident signs the negociated risk forms continually and the family is okay with it...
    Nov 10, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  22. Water
    Isn't it an OSHA law?
    Sep 22, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. New Ads on all nurses.
    I noticed that too. I have slow internet since living in a rural area. The loading speed is continually changing so looking at U-tube or something that needs to load takes awhile before being able...
    Sep 8, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. orienting:  have different "opinions" on holding insulin.  who do I listen to?
    Unless the Resident has specific orders to hold insulin if BG levels are below a certain level, then that is okay. Otherwise, you'd better be calling the Dr. and get his opinion/order on what to do....
    Aug 31, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  25. Question from a third shift nurse....
    OMGosh, I don't even know how to respond to HAVING to get people up before 6 AM. No one is gotten up before 6 AM unless they request to be. This is their home. I can't believe any NH still...
    Aug 21, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing