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    Kitiger, llg, and Jules A like this.

    I "retired" last year at 47. I hoarded my money like no one's business for years (my husband didn't even know how much I actually had, lol, he about fell over) and added that to my husband's pension and savings. We've made good investments. We are frugal, but we want for nothing and enjoy life.

    I haven't been around AN much because I've been tending to our homestead and nursing is becoming further and further distant in my past. Yay!!!

    I watch a certain 30-something year-old in my family struggle to get by day-to-day with excuse after excuse why he can never achieve what we have. Well, vacations every month, cars you can't afford, fancy sports equipment, concerts and sporting events, movies, the gym, expensive clothes and eating out every night will kill you. It was completely lost on him that the 24 year-old who bought our house was able to do that because she sacrificed and saved her money. But, if you ask him, it's because "things aren't as easy for our generation as it was for yours".*sigh*

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    meanmaryjean likes this.

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    You all seriously need to join me on Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community for all your true crime needs!
    I am over there under another name and have noticed you there.

    I don't participate, I'm just interested in what people come up with. Unfortunately, there are some ridiculous hand-wringers, far-fetched theories and users that try to match the most unlikely missing people to does. It can make one roll their eyes.

    You are not like that, meanmaryjean, and I wish other posters were as level-headed. You do an excellent job explaining the medical aspects of cases to laypeople. I'm glad I finally feel able to compliment you on that.

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    lindseylpn likes this.

    Quote from Sickandtiredcna
    The CNA should be fired for not being "reliable?" No no no it's the lvn who should be fired for false documention.
    You're missing the point. The point is that the policy was likely made due to unreliable aides in the past. If that was indeed the case, then those aides should have been fired. Not only that, but if the facility continues to deem their aides as so untrustworthy as they cannot be expected to do their jobs properly, they should be fired.

    Quote from Sickandtiredcna
    She did not take the vital signs herself, but charted them in the computer under her name, like she took them and then administered the medication.
    If she trusts the BPs given to her and she wants to go against policy, that is on her.

    Quote from Sickandtiredcna
    The state department will be coming to our facility very soon...I will ask them.
    The state isn't going to know about something that is uniquely facility policy. This is unique and not anything mandated by the state.

    Not only that, but there is something called "the chain of command" that needs to be followed. Going to the state without following the chain of command is a low blow and may end poorly for you. If you feel something is unsafe then address it with a supervisor.

    Quote from Sickandtiredcna
    What's funny is that I questioned her about me taking them and her charting them under her name. She told me that's just the way it is.
    Every facility is different, but where I have worked, the vital signs were taken by the techs and then the unit secretary (or whoever had time) placed them into the computer. This meant they were placed under the name of whoever put them into the computer-- not who actually took them. This is a common practice.

    However, if this is not acceptable in your facility, then so be it. Again, it's on her. Not you.

    Quote from Sickandtiredcna
    But she knows she is in the wrong because she asked a new cna to take the vital signs instead, not me.
    Great! Now you don't have to worry about it anymore.

    Quote from Sickandtiredcna
    See she is very bossy, she speaks with authority and is kind of loud, but then quietly goes and asks the new cna to do her work. I'm not stupid, she will be told on!
    It doesn't matter if she's bossy or unpleasant or whatever. If you have a concern and it bothers you so much, take it to management-- not the state. Don't blow this all out of proportion.

    I'm going to ask you, why is it that you want to "tell on" her so much?

    And before you toss that first stone, make sure your own work ethic is impeccable.

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    pixierose, kalycat, luffy1q, and 15 others like this.

    What a bunch of judgmental slop. You're not "worried", for Pete's sake.

    There's always a holier-than-thou student that like to pass off their announcement that they are superior to others by proclaiming to be "worried" for the *gasp!!!* safety of the patients.

    Why do you really care what other people do, OP? What's really bothering you besides... patient safety?

    Quote from xtina334
    Today was the last day of the trimester, we finished with the pharmacology final. On Tuesday was our med-surg final. I've heard from several classmates that they just need ____ points to pass. Some are doing the bare minimum and just aiming for that 70 required to pass. A few people even finished the 100 question pharm final in 30 minutes...which is almost impossible because with the amount of SATA questions it seems unlikely that the students were even trying.
    It makes me wonder about the nurses who have taken care of my family members and whether or not the nurse even knew what she was doing. Or if she just got lucky passing the NCLEX. I work hard for my good grades and it worries/angers me to see people that barely try and still get to continue to the next semester when it's obvious they're not that interested in actually learning anything. With many even using test banks from the textbook
    Very scary.

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    A geropsych unit mixed with anything else. Constant complaints from the middle-aged crowd there for things like depression. Yeah, depressed younger folks really want to endure Grandpa Smith drooling on his plate, constantly screaming and biting people, and Grandma Jones stealing their clothes because they think they're "shopping at Macy's" :/

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    twinmommy+2, kalycat, Connor327, and 12 others like this.

    Quote from Been there,done that
    Well, that's a doozy. PTSD stinks. Take care doll.
    I took care, my friend. I quit.

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    I don't remember if I told this one on AN or not, but I once had a nightmare that I was walking down the hallway at work and one of our little tiny old ladies was shuffling slightly behind me. Suddenly, the lights went out and it was pitch black. I could see absolutely nothing. I stopped and frantically attempted to find the little old lady because I didn't want her to get hurt.

    I could feel that I was touching her and then I realize she has the fingers on both of my hands in her mouth and she is biting down hard. And not only could I sense enormous pain, I could also sense that she was something much more malevolent. I can see nothing but black.

    Terrified and in pain, I manage to reach my thumbs out to gouge her eyes and make her let go of my fingers... but I could feel this little old lady, this evil thing did not have any eye sockets! It had no face at all but the teeth biting off my fingers!

    I woke up trying to scream. My husband was all concerned and stuff, but when I got to the part where an old lady monster with no eyes was biting my fingers off, he could not stop laughing. Thanks, Honey.

    One more: I had a dream I was walking down the hall (again!) and that my night was so stressful, I could feel my heart racing, then becoming very irregular and then beginning to stop.

    As my heart began to stop, I began to pass out and fall to the floor. As I was going down to the floor, I thought, "This is it" and I guess I died, because I woke up at that point.

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    I always loved telling my elderly patients to "walk this way" and then launching into a Groucho Marx walk down the hall. They loved it!

    Other than that, I loved loved loved washing them up and tucking them in.

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    Sour Lemon, Crush, OldDude, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from Davey Do
    Once I was humming while passing meds from the med room, and a patient started singing Yellow Submarine. I called out to the other patients waiting in line, "All together now!" Another patient responded, "All together now!" and I led a choir of patients singing the chorus of Yellow Submarine
    I once led my unit with "Superstar" by The Carpenters. Those scanners on the COW look too much like a mic. I may or may not have made an ass of myself on an almost daily basis.

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    Quote from Grobyc82
    If Im not dead at the end of my shift, I'll go out for a run. I find that exercise helps clear my head in the best way, especially if I go hard. Nothing like working up some good endorphins.
    I can't full-on run, but I walked like a maniac and sometimes would jog until I felt like my boobs were going to fall off.

    It also help me to tap into my creative side: drawing, writing and crocheting.

    At bedtime, I'd meditate along with some YouTube videos. It really helped with work anxiety that I had trouble shaking off.

    One thing I also did was I reminded myself that my job could be stressful and psyched myself up, thinking, "Oh, just break it all down and manage it as best as you can as you go, dumbass... you've got this..." It usually calmed me.

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    Grobyc82 likes this.

    I've known quite a few nurses who were real estate agents on the side. I guess it's pretty flexible, so it works for them. For awhile, I did fingerprinting on the side and my experience with elderly patients actually came in handy when I'd have to fingerprint certain residents placed in nursing homes. I knew how to get a decent print out of old contracted hands!

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    I started smoking when I was 14. It was a full blown habit by the time I was 20.

    We always knew it was bad, but it wasn't as frowned upon as it is today. You could legally buy a pack of smokes at 16. In high school, there was a spot where kids regularly smoked by the gym doors. We could smoke in the drivers ed cars if we were 16 and could still drive straight with one hand and a Marlboro in the other. It was what we did in social situations and it was pleasant. I blame no one but myself, however. I was young and stupid.

    Now, at 47, I have tried to kick the habit multiple times (including this past weekend). No success. I know what my fate will be, but as much as it worries me, I'm like the krokodil junkie that will still inject a filthy toxin into my body even though my flesh is rotting off. My brain knows it's bad but the addiction is wicked.

    I've managed to cut down by crocheting like mad. I just finished a set of kitchen curtains, ha ha. It keeps my hands and brain occupied so I don't smoke as much, but I know it's not good enough.

    I never slipped out of work for constant smoke breaks because that's inexcusable. However, I did, indeed, forgo my dinner for a quick puff. I admit it.

    So, I agree it's bad, but once that demon gets you... it's got you good. I'm sure most of those smokers have tried to quit many times, but it ain't easy.

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    Hi. Yes, I have hypothyroidism. The brain fog was hideous and I was struggling at work.

    My endo added Cytomel 5mg to my levothyroxine. In my case, it really helped!

    I've moved, had to leave my endo and now having a hard time with an NP who is freaked out about "the dangers of Cytomel" and "duplication of therapy". Ugh! So much ignorance of this disease and am looking for another endo.

    I know your pain!

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    kbrn2002, Hoosier_RN, caliotter3, and 7 others like this.

    I actually use a real photo of me as my avatar.

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    Quote from OldDude
    John Denver
    Whoa, there. That's only to be played in desperate times, such as when the fart CD is not available. It's an acceptable substitute-- but it's a dangerous substitute-- as John Denver has been known to induce seizure, coma and death.