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Nurse Pure-Spring CNA, LPN

Long Term Care & Sub-acute Rehab

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Nurse Pure-Spring has 4 years experience as a CNA, LPN and specializes in Long Term Care & Sub-acute Rehab.

Hello! I am Nurse Pure-Spring! Here, we will lower the anxiety and learn the ropes of how to cope and deal with being a nurse. Nursing school teaches you a lot but it doesn’t teach you nearly half of what you’ll learn on the job. Especially how to properly vent and release the stress and build up. While I do have some wit in me, I am always happy to take advice from other nurses and put it into practice!  

I was a CNA for 3.5 years, and have worked in acute care, long term care, sub-acute rehab, assisted living, and home care. Yet before I was a CNA, I was a Wellness Assistant and Med Tech, both inspired me to continue my education further.

I am currently an LPN. After sitting for nearly 2 hours and getting all possible 205 questions on the NCLEX, I found out 4 hours later I passed! Currently, I now work with long term care and sub-acute rehab patients.

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    Stressed LPN

    Hello there! I’m so sorry to hear about your issues and I hope it’s gotten better! Nursing is stressful in itself. The floor nurses will have the most stress because they are truly “running the floor”. The day by day grind is testing your limits as a nurse. Realize that everyday has its own differences and challenges that the day prior may or may not have had as well! Continuing to prosper and grow from it is essential and while I realize it’s hard to do it can certainly benefit you later on. As for management and the lack of help they seem to provide, perhaps voicing your concerns to your DON may help? Management should realize when their nurses are overwhelmed and by all rights SHOULD them out if possible. Hoping you are well! Yours truly, Nurse Pure-Spring
  2. Take 5 minutes to yourself! Whether it be at home in bed, or at work in the break room. Find a quiet place and just clear your mind! Realize that no day will ever be perfect and no nurse is ever perfect. 

    *BREATHE IN*

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    *BREATHE OUT*

    Fill your mind with things that make you happy, you’ll realize that your mood has changed for the better! Hoping you have a great day! 

     

    Yours truly,

    Nurse Pure-Spring

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    5 Things To Ask Your Nursing Professors

    Hello everyone! Congratulations on choosing to become a nurse and getting into nursing school! Below you will find a list of helpful things I personally wished I had been taught or at least introduced to prior to starting the role of the nurse! I hope this helps and inspires you in every way! 1) What to do during an admission? ~An admission or “admit” is when a new patient is coming to your facility and is being placed on your unit. The process is tedious and requires a great amount of time and USUALLY happens at the most inconvenient time. Nursing school does not touch much on this subject so it is best to be ahead of the game and be able to get your ducks in a row before you get that “drowning” feeling. 2) How to deal with conflicts of interest? ~There will come times when you just DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO. You feel at war with yourself and you wish you had a solution that will make everyone happy. Honestly, there really isn’t one. But when in doubt, always do the best and safest thing to 1) protect your license and yourself and 2) not appear to be someone who is a trouble maker. Often times it is difficult to slip up and make a error but it’s best to know as much ahead of time and going in so you’re not stunned in the midst of the issue. 3) Should I make friends with the nurses? ~Your nursing professor will undoubtedly have some degree of experience and tell you that either yes it is a good idea or no it is not. Depending on how you feel and your personality type, it can be a rewarding thing have friends at work; someone to vent to and to have a shoulder to cry on. Be cautious however, not every ear is one that will keep your secret. 4) How do I REALLY talk to the doctor? ~In nursing school, you’ll learn about the SBAR process. While using SBAR is a great communication tool, how do you REALLY talk to the doctor when you’re face to face and in care conferences? What things do you talk about? How can you not sound silly or as if you don’t know what you’re talking about? Your doctors will respect you more if you’re truly talking to them regarding the advocacy and safety of their patients. 5) Will the fear and anxiety ever go away? ~The fear and anxiety will eventually diminish. But as a student nurse and even a new nurse it is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to realize that. Your nursing professors will definitely reassure you that nursing shouldn’t be a career in which you should have chronic stress and anxiety even when you leave for the day, but rather something that is always able to be learned from and bettered the next time around. I hope this list was helpful in every way for you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out and share your comments and concerns! Look for more content to help release and relax the tension of being a nurse. Yours truly, Nurse Pure-Spring
  4. NURSES! A few things to remember while either at home or on the clock!

    1) mistakes will happen, the perfect nurse does not exist!

    2) your patient really is thankful for you, even if they are truly a shark.

    3) management is annoying but they’re also you’re friend and a great resource to talk to on down days.

    4) be proud to be a nurse and remember that while you can’t change the past, you can learn from it and increase and better your judgement and future! 

     

    Yours truly,

    Nurse Pure-Spring

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    Unruly CNAs, how to get them moving?

    New nurse here, and of course we have not yet grown our big boy pants! However, when work needs done it needs done. I think I do a decent job at assigning tasks and requesting a reasonable amount of work for my CNAs to perform. Most of my aides are good and know what to do, others are not so. My question is, how - as a new nurse - can I get my CNAs working better and more efficient without sounding like a jerk or the “mean nurse”? ALSO let me not neglect to mention one of our new Unit Managers called me “green” for not being able to direct my CNAs and control them. Yours truly, Nurse Pure-Spring
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    Other nurse and DON are besties!

    Sooo I have been working at a place as a new nurse for about 3-4 months now, and one of our unit managers was just promoted to the role of a DON. We have another nurse who is an LPN and she and the DON are as thick as thieves. Every time I work with her, she can never be found on the floor, as soon as she is done with her med pass and some charting it seems she is ALWAYS in his office. Also, now that this new DON has taken charge, she thinks she can dictate or micromanage the other nurses and treats me and others I have heard like crap!!! What should I do? A lot of the staff are starting to notice and it is very unprofessional in my opinion! Yours truly, Nurse Pure-Spring
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    Med error/feeling overwhelmed has me thinking of career change

    I’m sure glad I got to read your post and the comments above as well. I am experiencing the same thing and have been questioning whether or not I should have given PRN Ativan or not... But as a new nurse of only 3-3.5 month, I can already tell you this anxiety is totally normal and I have deeply considered changing my profession as well. But I also remember that we do more good as nurses than quitting and becoming something else. Think of all the good you still CAN do. I won’t give up if you won’t, let’s stick together. Nurses unite!
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    Should I or shouldn’t I have given Ativan?

    Hello! I’m a new nurse about 3 months of practice. And a few nights ago I gave a PRN Ativan 0.5mg to one of my long term care patients. He is mentally ill but stable enough to function and wheel about the facility. Often nights he will roam the facility at 2-4am and ask out of context questions to staff on third shift. I am a first shift nurse and I had gotten report a night or two before and the nurse mentioned this patient was up and roaming and had been on his call bell quite often. He had previously fallen from his inability to ask for help during transfers as well. During my HS med pass before third shift arrived, I noticed the last PRN Ativan was in the blister pack and administered it. This patient was already in bed and was showing little to no behaviors or anxiety at the time. Yet, I knew once midnight and on came it would be a different story. So I administered it. Once administered I felt complete guilt as to whether or not I should have given it to keep him safe and let him get a night’s rest or had I given it to just give it. I have been at war with myself ever since and I spoke with my PCP about this - to which he mentioned it was completely fine and that I did the best thing to 1) keep him calm and safe and 2) allow him to get some sleep. Can anyone illuminate this conflicting self-issue and give an explanation of why guilt is there? Is it necessary to inform my DON? Am I overthinking? Thank you so much. Nurse PurseSpring
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    I need Tips for surviving LPN school!

    Hey there and congrats on making it this far! A great app for your phone would be Nursing Central (Unbound Medicine). It's like an electronic drug and disease handbook for anything you can think of, it also does dosage calculations I believe, as well as give you updates on current events in the nursing world in areas that you find interesting. In regards to passing nursing school, oh let's see. Well for me I made a lot of flash cards but you don't want to make them too long to where you're spending too much time reading the back. Short and sweet and more flash cards will allow your brain to remember little by little and then it will all equal a large quantity of remembrance. I also used and drew out concept maps of each drug or disease, listing side effects, symptoms, treatments, risk factors, diagnosing, and nursing considerations. A key thing to test prep is also making sure to study the right things! Nursing considerations (things to watch our for/monitor) and knowing treatments and diets of how to fight back and keep the diseases at bay. :) Hope this helped!
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    I failed a nursing course, should I go back?

    Thank you guys for the feedback! I was quite upset until I read more about why I should not give up so rashly. I have spent so much time, energy and money into doing this and I realized I should not let 3% of a grade determine whether or not I can be a nurse. So thank you for your words! In regards to a question or even subject that I struggled most with in PN-118 (Med/Surge I) was the nutritional aspects that tie into the diseases. Questions such as: "a patient has been diagnosed with GERD, what things would you teach them to help control the GERD as well as to limit flare ups?" The answer would be to not lay down 2-3 hours after meals, avoid foods and drinks that are spicy/acidic/caffeinated. TUMS/PPIs/H-2RBs will help but not to exceed the daily recommended dose. But other questions such as potassium, sodium, diabetes. The professor wants to know what diets work best with these patients. Our PN-118 course comes with a clinical portion as well, I spent too much time making care plans that I failed studying the nutrition pieces. Keeping balance is hard. Any tips or mentions? :)
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    I failed a nursing course, should I go back?

    Hey everyone! I am currently in the LPN program and I was unsuccessful in our PN-118 class. We need at least an 80% to pass and move on to the next class. Unfortunately, I finished the class with a 77%. I felt extremely discouraged and almost withdrew my seat from the program. Lately I have been going back and forth on whether or not I want or even SHOULD continue on. In regards to going forward, I noticed at the end that our professors ask a lot of "nursing consideration" questions. Sort of like 'what are you going to do and look out for in this patient with this disease?'. Do you have any tips on what to focus on in these exams? I am afraid to go back because I do not want to fail again... Please help! Thank you :)
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    Waiting on official results

    GOOD LUCK!! You'll do wonderfully! Hey, do you know how to post things like what you posted? I have a topic I want some feedback on but I can't figure out how to do it! Thanks :)
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