Honestly, I sometimes wonder how I make it out in eight hours with 53 residents on my side. I've been there almost a year and a half as an LVN (two and a half years if you count my CNA work!).
Where I work a majority are so confused they don't care what the pill is for or no matter what I say it's for all I hear is "Is this the stuff for my mouth? Ok, I'll take it. I think it's working.." (confused 80 something who took nystatin for a few days and thinks her KCL is her nystatin (am I spelling
that right? It looks wrong)).
Then I have some who pick at the pills and ask me which each is for.
I make time for everything, I don't know how. Granted the TX are done on the AM shift (I work PM) by the TX nurse so all I have left to do it check TED hose and elevate legs. Heck I even help the CNA's clean wheelchairs when I have time.
I worked in a Subacute unit for a few months thinking it would be wonderful. I learned a lot but was bored out of my mind. Seven patients all vents and GT's. I would do nail care, position, check restraints, shave, put lotion on my patients...and I was still bored out of my mind by midnight.