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kmarie724

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kmarie724 has 5 years experience and specializes in LTC.

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    Pregnancy, Graduation, New Job

    I was pregnant during my last year of nursing school. Our last day of class was a Thursday, my daughter was born the following Tuesday, and I went to my pinning ceremony that Friday, the day after I was DC'd from the hospital. I took NCLEX after my maternity leave and started working as an RN at the same facility I had been working at as a CNA. This worked out well for me, but if I would have had any pregnancy complications it probably would have disrupted my schooling.
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    Maternity discrimination

    Do you have a job now that you can stay at until you have the baby and pass NCLEX? I was 9 months pregnant when I graduated nursing school. I had my baby a few days after finishing school, took 6 weeks maternity leave, and then went back to my CNA job while I studied for NCLEX and looked for a job as an RN. I think finding a job as a new grad while pregnant will be difficult for the reasons already described by other posters. If you already have a job, I would suggest maybe sticking to that job until after your maternity leave.
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    What nursing task do you loathe???

    Orthostatic BPs. I don't know why, but I hate doing those! Feeding pts. Again, I don't really have a reason for this, I just don't. I also hated feeding my own children baby food. Packing wounds. Stuff everything in there really grosses me out! Gowning up to go into isolation rooms. It's already always warm in our facility, so adding a gown and mask makes me feel like I might pass out.
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    Ridiculous Reasons to See the Nurse

    I'm not a school nurse, but my (fully potty trained) kindergartener took a trip to the nurses office yesterday because she wet her pants. Why didn't she go to the bathroom? "Beause I was trying to set a world record for the longest time holding my potty."
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    Is anything at your work that puzzles you

    1. When somone scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday PM shift calls in on Friday, stating "I'm so terribly sick, I won't be able to work today or Saturday but I know I'll be better and able to work by Sunday." 2. The nurses can be trusted with access to the narcotics, but not printer paper and other office supplies.
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    whats for lunch

    If I don't have any leftovers to bring, I usually grab some crackers and string cheese along with some fruit or yougert.
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    Bedside nurses and pregnancy

    Both my babies were born around 39 weeks. So before my EDD, but not technically early. My first pregnancy I was working nocs as a CNA. She was born at 39 weeks. I worked until the end, I called in for my shift one night because I was the labor and she was born the next morning. My second I was working as a nurse in LTC. Thanksgiving was my last day of work (I was around 38.5 weeks). I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family and had the weekend off. I went to my 39 week check-up on Monday and she was born 2am Tuesday morning, approximately 10 minutes after I arrived to L&D!
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    Help me feel better about this - Full time 8 hour nights

    I worked full time 8 hr nocs for a few years and I actually kind of liked it. On my nights off, I would stay on my awake at noc, sleep during the day schedule and stay up until 4 or 5 and sleep until noon. Of course, I didn't have any kids then, so it was easier to sleep whenever I needed to sleep. I now work .8 day shifts and I dread getting up at 0500 4 days a week, but i do it because it works better for my family right now. I would much rather stay up all night than get up early. I'm considering going back to nocs when both my kids are school age and I can sleep all day while they're at school.
  9. What I usually do is put the call light one and start the process of getting them to the BR and then let the CNA take over when they get to the room.
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    overheard at the bedside

    Overheard at a nursing home: Confused female resident upset about not being able to find her (deceased for many years) husband: "I think my husband has left me. He hasn't been home for weeks. I'm going to forget about him and find a new man." Male resident overhears this, gets a huge grin on his face and says "Alright!"
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    RN Supervisor (weekends ONLY) in LTC/SNF?

    I work the floor as a staff nurse during the week and work as the weekend supervisor on my weekend to work. My hours are 10-6:30, but it can be flexible if I need it to be. My duties are taking care of assessments for weekend admissions or hospital returns, doing other assessments that are due, dealing with staffing issues, and helping out with anything that comes up. But a lot of the time I end up getting pulled to work the floor.
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    Carb counting and insulin in LTC

    I've only had a resident who did carb counting once. She was A&O and there for a short term stay after surgery. She did carb counting at home and continued with her same regimen at my facility. But no, we do not routinely use carb counts for our residents.
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    Patient Death Notice BOMBSHELL! HELP!

    We have a Checklist for Death of a Resident that we follow which includes things like DCing all their orders in the computer and removing medications from the cart to prevent things like that from being missed. If someone has passed in the past few days, I mention it in report, especially if I know the nurse following me has not worked the past few days. If the family gives permission (which they almost always do) we also post a note by the time clock with information about when and where the visitation/funeral is.
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    Read any good books lately??

    I'm currently reading Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth. It's a memoir of a woman who worked as a midwife in London during the 1950s. (The same book to PBS series is based on) It is very interesting.
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    Does your facility send someone home every shift?

    When our census is low, we send home a CNA home early (usually half way through the shift) if we are full staffed and we don't fill a call-in for a CNA if census is low. When someone needs to go home, they ask for volunteers and there are usually several CNAs who would like to go home early so they draw names. Nurses don't typically get sent home d/t census since even when down beds it isn't really feasible for one nurse to work the entire floor. Having someone go home before the shift even starts every day is ridiculous.
  16. The best advise I got from my DON, if you're not sure of the answer to a question they ask, don't say "I don't know" say "I'm not sure, but I will go find the answer and let you know" and then go find the answer (either by looking it up or asking someone) and let them know the answer. You don't need to know absolutely everything, just how to find out. As far as them watching you give meds, etc., just take a deep breath, try to relax, and do everything the way you were taught in nursing school.
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