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  1. At my wits end...
    LOL...I was once written up for buttering a patient's toast wrong. I didn't spread the butter clear to the edge of the bread. She felt that I was "juvenilizing" by leaving a dry edge. She cried that...
    Nov 14, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  2. "Right" way to pulls meds from cards?
    We color code our cards according to which med pass we are giving them. We use one card per drug no matter how many times it is given during the day. We pull ours our completely. our drawers are so...
    Nov 14, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  3. You are NOT allergic to...
    The things the OP listed make sense. They are not allergies, but might be reasons patients don't want to take the drug. I am not allergic to Cipro. But, Cipro causes severe abdominal pain. I throw up...
    Aug 23, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. My first dump and run
    We had a resident who seemed as nice as anyone could be. She was patient and kind. She would try to help other residents by pushing their wheelchairs, getting them coffee, and other things like that....
    Jul 10, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. Strange CoWorker Stories
    I work with a CNA that thinks everyone should make the same wage, have the same size home, wear the same clothing, eat the same food, etc. She read Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck and thinks it is a good...
    Jul 5, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  6. The Hotel Phenomenon
    Things like television, Internet, and food are important. If I am already stressed, television or Facebook might be a good distraction. But, we need to find a way for nursing staff not to take a hit...
    Jul 4, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Can't get into school because of statistics :(
    I survived Statistics only because I took it online. Our instructor encouraged us to "use technology" to pass the class. I built an Excel program to solve the problems. All I had to do was plug the...
    Jun 1, '15
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  8. WHATS THAT SMELL???
    Double masks because of an odor? Seems kind of mean to me. I don't like the smells either, but I don't think I would humiliate a resident by masking because of it. But I am old and still remember...
    May 4, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  9. Nurses who can't give out narcotics
    The biggest problem is that this sometimes doesn't happen. I sometimes work with medication aides who are not allowed to give insulin. While I am off doing the insulin injections on their hall, they...
    May 4, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  10. How Often Do You Check...?
    Our software program will do it for you if you know where to click. I just find it ridiculous to check things multiple times a day on someone who is historically stable. None of the times we've held...
    Mar 29, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  11. Just one (life ending) mistake
    There were a lot of mistakes made in this situation. Anyone with a severe allergy should make sure they always have their epi-pen, inhalers, and whatever else they need. People with severe food...
    Mar 27, '15
    Forum: Nursing News
  12. Students who get As are bad bedside nurses
    There is a "joke" that goes something like this..."What do they call the person that graduates last in his class in medical school?" The answer..."Doctor." Well, you know what? They call the person...
    Mar 25, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  13. Other student needs too much help
    I have major issues with saying 'no.' It is hard to watch someone struggle or fail when you could help them out. It is even harder to say 'no' after you have said 'yes' a few times. The biggest issue...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  14. How Often Do You Check...?
    They are ordered by the MD. Most of the time when they order things like blood pressure medication, they don't order routine B/P unless we ask for it. Sometimes they will order checks for a few days...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. How Often Do You Check...?
    I would like to address this with the DON. We are spending a ton of time poking holes in fingers and squeezing arms. Not fair to the residents to be poked and picked on so much. This is NOT how LTC...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  16. How Often Do You Check...?
    I am very curious about how much time and money we are spending doing such frequent checks. If we were holding blood pressure medication frequently, I would not question the need for checks. If we...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. How Often Do You Check...?
    I don't object the the extra work. I do object to doing things that are not necessary for stable residents. We have had to hold B/P meds three times on four months...it isn't like we are holding them...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. How Often Do You Check...?
    Some of the blood sugars we are checking four times a day are on residents who only get 5 units of Lantus at night. I have been around the block a few times...often enough to question why we are...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  19. How Often Do You Check...?
    Yes, I am a nurse. I am a nurse with almost 25 years experience, about half of that in LTC. I work in an LTC (which is why I posted in the LTC forum) with stable residents, many who have been on the...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  20. Not a Nursing Question, but Has to Do with Work, So...
    She was hired about ten years ago as a "comfort aide." She mostly passed water and linen. When we were very short staffed, some not so bright DONs let her work the floor. Coworkers covered for her...
    Mar 23, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. How Often Do You Check...?
    We have recently started checking blood pressures on almost every resident almost every time before we give blood pressure medication. This was something started by a newish DON. Our computer program...
    Mar 22, '15
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. Not a Nursing Question, but Has to Do with Work, So...
    I tend to be a pushover for things like this. It is hard for me to say 'No' to something simply because I do not want to do it. I know that Kim has had a falling out with one of the people who took...
    Mar 22, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Have you ever disliked a nursing job so much that you quit without notice?
    Some places have a time limit for being in the "Do Not Re-Hire" list. My facility's policy is two years in most cases. There are times when someone will not be eligible for re-hire no matter what,...
    Mar 22, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Have you ever disliked a nursing job so much that you quit without notice?
    Yes, I have...sort of. My grandparents were celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. I had requested the day off to attend the party and was scheduled to be off. I found a new job (had been...
    Mar 22, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Not a Nursing Question, but Has to Do with Work, So...
    Nope...small town. The only thing resembling public transportation is a van that will take elderly people to the grocery store or clinic. I don't know why I am beating myself up over this. I just...
    Mar 22, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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