I have just started orientation at a LTC facility earlier this week and I have some fears/questions that I would like any help with. First of all, the facility has 77 residents. I was hired for the night charge RN position. During the night, I will either have the wing with 53 residents or the one with 24. I will have 6 nights of orientation (3 on each side). I have started my daytime orientation which has 2 nurses caring for the 53 residents and 1 nurse with the 24. I get 2 day shifts per unit.
So here lies the problem, what is the easiest and MOST effective way that you have found to memorize who is who in LTC and quickly? I have looked at the pictures that are in the MAR and they were taken when the resident was first admitted...we all know that could have been 1 year, 2 years or maybe more years ago. They have changed in looks. I am so scared that I will give the wrong meds to the wrong resident.
I do feel comfortable on the unit with 24 residents so I am thinking I may discuss this with the DON (who is extremely nice) and ask her to allow me to work on that unit until I feel more comfortable with names/faces on the other unit. I know that I can ask my fellow teammates for help with identification but if there is any trick(s) that have worked for any of you, I would appreciate your help. Any other advice that you have for LTC will be greatly appreciated also
Also, how are state surveyors with new employess (and new grads)? Are they extra hard on them because they can see that we are shaking in our boots? Apparently state has not been there yet and I am fearing they will come as soon as I am of orientation-just hoping that none of them are "night owls".