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    I've always had trouble sleeping at night and sleep like a baby during the day, so night shift is perfect for me. I wonder how people stay awake during the day shift!

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    A good place to look this kind of thing up is at the Merck manualwww.merck.com/mmanual/
    I've been able to find alot of answers here. Good Luck.

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    At our LTC facility our Alzheimer and "dementia" pts tend to see a little boy running up and down the halls - that none of us can see- and within 24 hours there is a death. And they all describe the little boy the same way (blond, 10 yro, wearing dungarees, etc). Maybe he's the "frequent flyer"???? :chuckle

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    As a new nurse myself, I know exactly what you mean. It's a very scary thing holding someone's life in your hands. But I have found that there is always someone somewhere to ask for guidence in a new situation, even if it's a book. I have never been put into a situation that I felt I couldn't handle. And if things did happen to get out of hand, there is always someone with more experience that will give me advice. I have heard stories of new nurses getting a couple of days orientation and then "getting thrown in", so to speak, but I don't personally know anyone that has happened to. But only you can decide if it's not an enjoyable or it's too stressful of a profession for you.
    There are alot of different types of nursing areas available. And if you're not happy in ICU, maybe you could try some other kind of job that maybe you would find less stressful and more enjoyable.
    Good luck in whatever you decide to do.

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    Duckie, I hate that you're going thru a bad time. I too have been where you are, and I want you to know that you CAN get thru it. It's not easy but it sounds like your husband is a good support system for you.
    I don't know much about Paxil. I started on Zoloft and then changed to Prozac, which is what is working for me. But only your Dr can help you with that. You really do need to get in to the Dr and get evealuated. But the meds only help so much- counciling is also important. The meds and counciling combined is the way depression is usually treated- around here anyway.
    I wish you luck. Just know that you DON'T have to feel this way. There is help out there. It's not easy sometimes, but it IS worth it. Good luck- and let us know how you're doing.

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    I'm just wondering- if this RN thinks her parents aren't being taken care of by "qualified" nurses, why doesn't she take them home and take care of them herself????

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    I think being a CNA is a great way to get a look into whether or not nursing would be a good choice for you. That is where alot of nurses I work with started. School IS hard, but if it's the career for you, it'll be worth every stressful minute of it. I entered nursing at age 40. I get alot of satisfaction out of making what can be an awful time in someone's life a little easier. But I too wish that we had better staffing, shorter hours, no mandatory overtime, more unity in our profession, etc.. but these are things we can work to change.
    I don't know if I'd do it all again or not. The satisfaction/stress ratio can get a bit unbalanced at times. But doesn't that happen in every job?
    There are so many different fields of nursing out there and maybe those unhappy NICU nurses just need to try a different area. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to find your "niche". But only you can decide if it's for you. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    We can only use siderails if they are Rx'd. We use alot of body alarms and we have alarms that are mats that we lay next to the beds that will sound if they get stepped on. We use those for those that have a tendency to take the body alarms off. But we have alot more falls here than where I worked that used alot of siderails. But people do get hung up in them, and the ones that fall climbing over them always seem to get hurt worse.
    Our facility always seems to be shortstaffed and I know that if we had a decent amount of staff, we wouldn't have all these falls. But, you all know how THAT goes...

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    Hi! I'm pretty new here. Love the site. I'm a new lpn- just got my license in Sept. and I'm working in ltc. I've been really lucky. All of the RN's I work with don't have attitudes about working with lpn's. We all do the exact same job and help each other out when needed. The RN that I work the closest to is really great about showing me how to do things I don't know how to do, and she has the patience of a saint I'm really sorry to hear that this is not the norm. It should be. After all, we're all in it together, for the good of the patients.



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