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    atropine (opth gtts given SL) and Levsin

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions! I'm very excited about this gift

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    Hi all!

    I am a crisis care (continuous care) LPN that works 12 hours shifts. Our department is having a picnic to help promote department morale and camaraderie. We will be having games and door prizes. We will be giving away smaller prizes, and one bigger prize which is my duty to gather. I decided I'd like to give a "Hospice Nurse Survival Kit", a basket with items that will help the winner get through some of these long, 12 hour shift. I was thinking I'd put in a coffee travel mug, a small Starbucks gift card, a bottle of Tylenol, some hand sanitizer... What other suggestions do you have for me? I really appreciate any ideas!! Thank you!

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    NanaPoo, Dream Girl, and leslie :-D like this.

    I totally get what dajulieness is saying. I'm a hospice nurse and do all one-on-one care and when I'm cleaning a patient all I try to think about is how much better they're going to feel when they're clean and how much better it will smell when I'm all done. It doesn't make the smell any better while I'm doing the job but mentally it helps me forget about the yuck in front of me. I can even smile and keep up a conversation while doing it now!!

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    I did something like this yesterday. I'm a Hospice crisis care nurse and my pt the last two days lives in an ECF. Her husband is her roommate. My patient herself had no problems with the facility food but her poor hubby came back from each meal in the dining room so saddened over the food. I felt horrible that this poor man returned from his dinner still hungry! So yesterday I snuck him in some homemade chili I had made. The picture of this happy old man grinning a huge grin with chili running down his chin is a memory I will keep a long time.
    We wouldn't be nurses if we didn't care deeply about people. I kind of thought like you did: "If they're going to write me up for feeding a hungry man then karma is gonna smack them in the back of the head some day!"

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    My insurance company would have given us a discount on our auto policy if I was an RN, but because I'm an LPN we did not receive the discount.

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    I started LPN school and went full time while my kids were 2 and 5. Now they're 3 and 6 and I'm in RN school full time and work full time. It's definitely doable, you just have to be committed to being organized.

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    None of us Nurses would be Nurses, and none of the Doctors would be Doctors, if it wasn't for Teachers!!

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    Quote from QTpie86
    Honestly...if you had a chance of marrying a Doctor...or say a male Teacher...or female teacher...or anyone that isn't a doctor...which one would you chose?

    I would go for the doctor. Teachers don't have much to offer...
    I'd choose to marry the man I did. He's a blue-collared worker that gets his hands dirty every day and works his butt off. You know what he has to offer me?? A warm hug on the worst of days, a secret wink that means he thinks I'm sexy even in bed head and morning breath, two beautiful children that adore their doting father, a loving and trusting relationship, and the knowledge that he married me even though I'm just a nurse.

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    mom2goliath, AngelfireRN, RAYLO!, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from AngelfireRN
    Then you don't have to read it. Your attitude is not exactly to my liking, either. And I take my "duties and responsibilities" as a wife seriously, but at no time did it say in my wedding vows that I was the only one allowed to be chief cook and bottle washer. Your "reality" of what a wife should or should not be is obviously worlds apart from mine and the respondents that have spoken thus far. And as far as being outstanding, well, my hubby thinks so , as do my patients That's what matters to me. That, and the fact that my DH has "duties and responsibilities" as a husband, and he understands that as well.

    Bottom line, if you don't like it, X out of it, and kindly let what was started as a vent thread BE a vent thread.
    Geez, AngelfireRN. Didn't your vows say "to have and to hold, to honor and cherish, to wash your dirty underwear, and have a hot dinner on the table every night - all while working a very strenuous job?" Where did you get married?? LOL

    You put it very nicely. The only people that can validate me as a wife are 1. my husband and 2. myself. Everybody else can "X out of it".

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    Awesome post!! Congratulations to you!! YOU did it!

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    Quote from wsuchic1

    A funny side note is that at school, there are a few South Africans in my program that are both White, and interestingly enough, also consider themselves to be African-American (they've been in the country for over 10 years).
    My daugher would be "African-American" I guess - her dad was from Cape Town South Africa and I was born in raised in Ohio... but she has blonde hair and blue eyes and painfully pale skin. LOL

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    It doesn't matter that I do cook for my husband probably 5 nights a week... my family and my husband's still make jokes about "Why did you even bother to put a stove in that kitchen since she never cooks?" Luckily my DH sticks up for me... he'd better if he wants to keep those 5 nights. I also get all kinds of "stupid" stuff from my grandparents about me being an LPN. Papa: So what are you going to be when you graduate LPN school? Me: I'm going to be a nurse. Papa: Oh so you're going to be like a nurse! Me: The cake went to my ex-husband who worked 1st shift and I worked 1-9PM. He would call me at work and ask what I was cooking for dinner even though he had been sitting at home since 4 PM. Did I mention he's my EX husband??

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    I purchased a floater frame. The actual frame is probably 10 x 13 inches and my 8 x 11 certificate (I don't get a paper license either) "floats" between two panes of glass. I found mine at Kohl's.

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    nanagose likes this.

    I just graduated from LPN school in April. I don't know what it's like everywhere else but here nursing schools are popping up everywhere - and these schools are fighting for clinical locations. When a school is finally let into a facility for clinicals they are often sharing the facility with another school and limited on the number of patients they can take care of. In these situations you may or may not have a patient that has a foley or an IV or... (fill in the blank). I learned quickly that if I wanted a chance to perform a certain skill I needed to make my desire known to my instructor. I had to learn to be assertive and make MY needs known - something I hadn't been used to doing. Not everybody in my class was able to do that. Some were just lazy and didn't care to try. I haven't emptied a foley bag but I'm pretty sure I could if I tried. Even though I'm IV certified I have never DCd an IV (on a real person anyway - just the fake one in lab). BUT... not doing any fingersticks??? I don't understand that one.