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RanieRN has 21 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in psychiatry,geropsych,LTC/SNF, hospice.

What's to say? Love my job. Love my kids (all 5 plus step-daughter).

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    What was I thinking?

    Just an update: finished the class with an 84.6 final grade :). Now on to nursing leadership and management.
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    We've used a humidifier a few times, and there's a policy in the P and P "bible" for it. It's been a while so I don't remember details, but it mostly has to do with specific ways to clean it.
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    What was I thinking?

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    What was I thinking?

    Thanks for all the words of encouragement everyone!!! I really appreciate them (I'd insert the 'hugs' smiley here but it seems to have disappeared. I can't wait for the opportunity to use the 'poop' one though ). RN-Cardiac: what's PERRLA?
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    What was I thinking?

    A brief vent questioning my sanity in returning to school for RN to BSN to MSN. It's been 13 years since I graduated with my ADN. If I complete this program in a timely fashion I'll be around 50 years old. Class only started this past Monday and I'm already stressed. Although given my first class is Applied Statistics, a class I've always dreaded, I'm not surprised I've already added to my grey hair collection. It's time though. The kids are all in school and have all agreed "it's time you put yourself first Mom". I question if my brain's ready for this. Other than keeping up with required CEs to maintain my license, there's been no formal education going on up there. Sigh. Ok, vent done. Off to study. Thanks for listening. :)
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    Halloween Fun

    Our party was last Friday. Children/grandchildren (and occasionally great-grandchildren!) of staff and residents are invited along with various brownie troops and other kids from the community (I have no idea where our activities director found almost 100 kids this year!). Residents who want to participate get a pumpkin picture on their door and a basket of goodies to pass out (the younger short term patients tend to opt out). Then there's a party with cake. Mmmmm, cake :)
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    I and O's

    We put new admissions on a 72 hour bowel and bladder tracking, but never I&O unless there's a reason (foley, IV, fluid restriction, etc). We don't do I&O for abx either.
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    Do you have family members who are nurses?

    My maternal grandmother, 2 aunts, and an uncle were/are nurses. My father and I went through nursing school together, and my sister graduated from the same program a few years after we did. According to my mother, I announced my decision to become a nurse when I was 4.
  9. Love it!! I sometimes have to scrub my arms at the end of the shift once everything I've written has been charted--horrifies the new grads/students every time Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    Being Naked Where I Work: A Nurse With Cancer

    Hugs!:hug: Should I ever be in a similar situation, I hope I can face it with even a partial amount of your strength and humor. You truly are an inspiration.
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    Nurses Week/Hospital Week

    So far we've received...a small bag of some pretzel/chocolate snack stuff the OT department makes with the residents. There's a "Nurses' Luncheon" tomorrow so we'll see if we get anything else. One year they gave us insulated lunchbags with the corporate logo plastered all over it and a cookie with the same logo. :icon_roll
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    Nurses Week/Hospital Week

    I'll join in with your conspiracy theory. Nursing Home week overlaps with it too. We have signs up all over the building with the week long schedule of events to celebrate Nursing Home week, with just a few (much smaller) signs announcing Nurses' Week.
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    How much of a raise did you get this year?

    Raise? What is this raise you speak of?
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    FX of the "Giveadamn"

    After sputtering for a couple months, mine finally broke when I was told part of corporate's solution to our low census was to cut my supervisor hours in half. Not that half on a med cart and half "free floating" is a big deal; I'd kind of been missing direct care. But if the med carts are already staffed, guess who goes home? Yuppers. 'Tis me. Wasn't too bad the first few times--"ooo, sweet! going home early!". Now it's "crap, which bills get reorganized this week?". As well as being greeted by the 6 year old with (at 8p mind you): "mommy's home!! Daddy only gave me a waffle and now I'm starving!!!! What's for supper?":rolleyes:
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    Thank you to the best staff ever!

    Congrats!!!! Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    allnurses.com iPhone app is here!

    Awesome!! Is there a way to access the break room from the app? I've been looking but don't see it. Of course that usually means it's right in front of my face...