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2006RNCS specializes in ICU, Cardiology, Mother/Baby, LTC.

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    Brookdale Senior Living

    So far so good with my new position at a Brookdale Senior Living facility. I am Wellness Director/Healthcare Coordinator of a 20 bed assisted living facility, and we have an independent community as well. I am an RN, and I took a huge paycut, but the hours are wonderful, and the staff I work with are awesome. I love the residents, and everyone is very supportive. I like my job very, very much, and I look forward to going into work most every day. I started over a month ago, and am getting more used to the job. I hope to stay with this facility for a long time. Good luck to everyone starting their new jobs with Brookdale.:heartbeat
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    Hello! I worked this shift for two years, and it was a struggle for me for all of those two years. Some people's bodies adjust to night shift better than others. My body fought it the entire time. I stayed sick, tired, irritable, and unhappy. Now, I have a 6:30A-3P job, and I am so happy. I make less money, but I mainly work M-F, with no holidays or weekends. I am Wellness Director/Healthcare Coordinator for an assisted living facility, and I LOVE it. I am very independent, and I love the elderly with all of my heart. You are young, so maybe your body will adjust better than mine did working night shift. Just remember it may only be 3 nights a week, but if you work 3 in a row, the next day will be devoted to sleep. You will need a full day to recover, or your body will let you know about it. Also, you will need to stay on your same schedule on your days off, or your sleep/wake cycle will be so confused, that you will suffer ill effects. It helps to have a support SO also. Good luck to you. I hope it works out well for your family.:heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat
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    Nursing, Smoking, and Kids

    I grew up in a household where both parents and an older brother smoked. They smoked so much, that my clothes and hair reeked of it when I went to school. When I was in middle school, some classmates accused me of smoking. There was so much smoke in my clothes and hair, that I could see why they thought I did. My parents smoked while I was in the car with them. Windows were up or down, but that really did not make a lot of difference. I suffered from colds and asthma, and I missed a lot of school because of it. I have permanent lung damage because of exposure to the smoke. My mom even smoked when she was pregnant with me, and I was born premature and underweight. I know that it is an option to smoke or not smoke, but please parents, don't make your children suffer because of your habit or addiction. They are innocent. Some may not show the damage until many years down the road. Love them enough to not smoke around them. My dad died from lung cancer, and my mom still smokes, and suffers from every ailment imaginable, most relating back to her smoking. She has COPD, CHF, CAD, emphysema, peripheral vascular neuropathy, and AMD. So, I am not trying to preach, but I know what devastating effects smoking has on a family. God bless each of you.:heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat
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    Would you hire me back if you were them?

    I know that I am in the minority, but most people deserve a second chance. You seem to be a very caring person from your response to your former employer. I believe only a caring individual needs to be in the medical field. You did make a mistake, but it sounds as though you have matured, and that you have learned from your mistake. If it is meant to be, it will happen. If not, other doors will open for you. I have never been let go from a position, but I have quit, and really, really regretted my decision. But, the way I look at it, there is a bigger plan in place for each and every one of us, and at this moment it may really hurt you to not have that job back, but there is always a reason for everything. Take care and God bless! I hope your prayers are answered to your liking!:heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat
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    RN responsibilities in LTC

    When an RN or LPN supervisor is responsible for all patients and all staffing who are riding on his/her license, then yes, always all personnel operating under his/her license should ask their RN or LPN supervisor's opinion, and let them assess the patient before transfer out of the facility. In my former facility, it was in the policy and procedure manual to do so, and yes, I follow policy and procedure. I was not trying to start an argument, I was only stating what had to be followed in my former facility. Also, under my state board of nursing, I am responsible for all employees working under my license, so yes, I need to be aware of the situation. I have utmost respect for everyone that I work with. I know I can learn a lot from some LPN's, as well as RN's. But, out of respect for supervisors, LPN's, RN's, aides, etc... should consult with their supervisors and let them be aware of patient status. That is what is most important. :heartbeat
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    Choosing The Best Route

    Hello!! I would just go ahead and attend a community college, and get my RN. Some do the LVN/LPN route, and then continue their education, and some never do finish. I would just go ahead and get my RN. It is only a year's difference in education, and believe me, it goes by fast. The 2 yr. comm. college route is the route I chose. I am so glad that I did. Whatever route that you choose, enjoy it, and take time to breathe, and have a little fun, too!! Good luck!!:heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat
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    geriatric nursing

    Hello. I recommend doing what your heart says. However, let me say, I did get a good critical care background first before going into LTC. I have only been an RN for 2 years, and a few months ago, I went into management. I am an RN supervisor on third shift in a LTC facility. I love it for the most part. Your heart has to really be into it. You need lots of patience, and you need a very caring heart. Some LPN's and RN's go straight into LTC or a geriatric wing, but I do highly recommend getting some great assessment skills down first. You will definitely need them! As for the people who think geriatrics is easy, they are so wrong. Most of these patients have multi-system diagnoses, and when they "crash," they do so in a heartbeat. You need to be really sharp in your assessments of the elderly, especially. Maybe you could go into Med/Surg first or ICU to gain some valuable assessment skills. There are plenty elderly in both areas to learn a lot of skills from. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best. Take care, and God bless!!:heartbeat
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    I live in Alabama, and the Alabama Board of Nursing website lists all the CEU's you have earned, if they have been reported. If not, there is a place on the website to enter the CEU's you have completed if they have not been entered by the provider. You may want to go to your board of nursing website to check and see if this service is offered by your state. Hope this helps!!:heartbeat
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    ATI Testing...tell me about it

    Our class consisted of both RN's and LPN's together in class the first year. We went over the material, and took tests in ATI newborn, children, and adolescents. I scored in the 99th percentile in the nation. Most of our students did really well. I believe the next years class used ATI testing more. We started with our graduating class using ERI testing. You had to pass the test to graduate. It was an excellent indicator of NCLEX preparation and passing. The ATI was a lot easier. I passed the ERI the first time. Good luck to you. Try not to worry too much about the testing. You'll do just fine.:heartbeat
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    Considering position in LTC

    Hello!!! I am an RN who graduated two years ago, too. I have experience in Cardiology and ICU. I decided in January of this year that I wanted to get out of the hospital setting, so I interviewed at a LTC facility. I am RN supervisor on night shift now I LOVE it. Sure, when I first started, I was amazed at the differences in LTC and the hospital. But now, I feel really comfortable doing my job. There are difficult people to deal with, but that is the case anywhere you work. For the most part, I am much happier in LTC. I believe you need lots of patience, a caring attitude towards others, and the ability to confront others in a restrained, respectful way. I have learned valuable time management skills. The main problem that I have in LTC is the disorganization of it. Maybe all facilities aren't like the facility in which I work. At my facility, I find myself scrounging for supplies. It is frustrating to no end to start an IV with 16 or 18 gauge catheter. But, if that is all you have, well, that's what you do. That kills me. LTC is completely opposite working in a hospital setting, but if you are burnt out, or just need a change, please really, really consider it as an option. I am so glad that I had the courage to accept the position. I was scared to no end, but now I feel so good about the job that I am doing, and I feel valued and respected. I did not have that in the hospital setting. I dreaded going into work at my last hospital job. I loved the patients, but hated the being short staffed, working extra hours, and the bad attitudes of coworkers. LTC pt to nurse ratio will blow your mind at first, but you quickly learn how to manage your time and pace yourself. Good Luck at whatever you decide to do!!
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    Peeves at work

    1. CNA's, or anyone for that matter, who yell for you down the hall to help them in the middle of the night when it is just to position a pt. 2. Fellow employees who blow off steam in front of you because they come into work so "worked up." These employees are so negative, and if one thing doesn't go their way, they throw around comments to try to get to you. Go home if you can't handle the stress. Nursing is hard. 3. People not respecting each other. People, we are in the workforce to "work together." None of us are any better than the other person. This includes doctors. HEHE!! 4. Patients expecting nurses to jump at a call light to fluff their covers or position their pillow, when a person down the hall is coding. Then the patients get mad and report you for not answering the call light in a timely manner. It's the middle of the night, people, go to sleep, please!!! I will take great care of you, but I have priorities, and you should get a clue. 5. Employees who are assistive personnel demanding that you cater to their wishes, help them on command, balk at being pulled to another wing, but they are furious and talk about you if you don't jump when they bark. Or, better yet, they tell you how to do your job. Or, better yet still, in front of you and others make the comment that nurses don't do anything. Gripes me. I tell them to go to RN school and see how easy it is, and the real world of nursing is much harder than that. 6. Fellow employees whispering and looking down that hall at you and laughing. You know they are talking about you. Makes me want to confront them, and ask what is so funny, but that would give them too much satisfaction. RUDE people! Now, I feel much better.
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    Do your nursing supervisors do anything?

    I am a third shift supervisor in a LTC facility, and believe me, I do PLENTY!!! I give meds, help the CNA's out , cover staffing, do reports, do stocking of supplies, take care of pts, do assessments, do admissions, do rounds every 2 hours, do employee evalutations, discipline employees, counsel employees, attend meetings, give inservices. The list goes on and on!!! I know supervisor responsibilities vary, but I am really involved in pt. care. I LOVE my job, and I feel very proud of having the opportunity to do it. When I worked the hospital setting, I saw nursing supervisors in a different light. Now that I am working in LTC as one, I understand what it takes to do the job right. I think the key is to stay involved in pt care. Really get in and be hands on, and offer assistance when needed. Let your fellow employees know they can call on you. I know when I started, so many said for me to be careful, that everyone would use me if I offered my assistance too much. That is part of my job description, to help out when needed. I am not above helping anyone to insure excellent patient care. I hope to retire in this position, or possibly as DON of our facility. I have the best of both worlds. It isn't easy, but boy is it worth it. :heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat

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