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Paprikat specializes in Geriatrics.

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    GF Strong Vancouver, BC

    i had a friend that worked there and she quit after a few months, she said that there was alot of verbal abuse from some of the patients and she just couldn't take it any longer.
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    A few questions for you...

    Hi, I hope you all can help me. I am 7 months pregnant. Lately I have been feeling short of breath. I am not cyanotic and my SATS are good. I feel like I cannot get a good breath unless I yawn. It is not all the time, the first time it happened was about a week ago, and lasted 2 days and then I felt fine, but when it does happen, it lasts for hours and last night I could not sleep because I felt this way. I would feel better after a yawn for about 5-7 minutes and then it starts all over again. I must have yawned 75 times and I felt this way all day. I feel breathless when talking to someone for a long period of time. I understand everything is being pushed up. I guess I am feeling anxious because I feel like I can't breathe, which makes things worse, I suppose. Is this a normal thing in pregnancy and can you help with things that may reduce this feeling? Thanks for any suggestions you may have.
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    A sTuDenT nUrSe wHo NeEdS a MeNtOr ;)

    I don't know if you need an RN or LPN. I am an LPN, but would help you if needed. paprikat1@hotmail.com. I also recommend you put this thread in the Canadian Nurses Forum, too.
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    When staff accuse resident's of being racist?

    We used to have a lady who would say horrid things to care aides that were Philipino or East Indian. Stuff like "Jesus doesn't like brown people." She was really nasty and I used to feel so bad for some of the care aides. Her dtr. said she was always like that and the managment was like "no much you can do about it."
  5. I once had to tell a resident that her perfume was so strong that the other residents in the dining room were complaining. One said it was so bad that she couldn't taste her toast. Well her son writes a letter to my boss telling her i told her she "stunk so bad that her perfume was decreasing the chemical properties of the medications" on my med cart! I laughed when i read the letter. How absurd!
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    is this abuse

    Wow, good topic! We had a woman who had COPD, who would SCREAM for her puffers all the time. It was so hard to deal with, name calling, swearing, etc, and it seemed to worsen when families were around. We would do a chest assessment and SATS, and they would be in the high 90's. We had nurses who would say if you can scream like that, you can breathe. The ONE time she came out of her room and was quiet, I took one look at her and knew something was wrong. She truly could not breathe and was cyanotic, died in the hospital. We have a lady now who does the same thing, screams and swears and hits so below the belt, saying I hope you DIE of emphysema, or to one nurse, I hope your little boy dies, etc. When she is sitting by the nurses station for HOURS doing this, all assessments are normal, it gets hard to keep it together. I guess I should also add, this lady has a Minimental of 30/30. Don't we deserve to be treated with respect?
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    ABout to start LPN program in Vancouver

    Sounds about right...42k...
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    Athabasca University?

    Sorry, can't help you, but i have been interested in doing this for awhile. Could you tell me how long the preceptorships are? I know I would have to register with Alberta College of LPN's, and do my practicums there, but could you tell me how many and how long they are?
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    Where to live in Vancouver??

    Had to move all the way out to Port Coquitlam to afford a house. Rented a place in English Bay that was 900 a month, and that was 7 years ago. It is sooo expensive in Vancouver. I would recommend living in Burnaby or New West, and close to a SkyTrain.
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    Vancouver Nurses

    I live in Port Coquitlam, work in LTC in Surrey....you?
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    Pregnant and can't lift?

    I work in LTC and have always pulled my weight when I wasn't pregnant. My responsibility is for meds, treatments and assessments. The care aides are responsible for lifting residents, etc., that includes getting them off the floor when they fall, after being assessed by me, so fortunately, I really don't have any heavy lifting to do, but when I wasn't pregnant, I would always lend a hand and working with the same women for 10 years and helping them lift residents off the floor when they were pregnant, they reciprocate.
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    fear of vomit?

    I hate vomit. I get queasy when I hear someone wretching. Working in a LTC facility, I get paranoid when we have an outbreak of gastroenteritis (ie: Norwalk). I am so afraid to get it. I'll deal with blood, vomit, gross drainage, etc., but barf...can't do it!
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    Pregnant and can't lift?

    I miscarried at 11 weeks and an currently pregnant and 12 weeks. I am a high risk pregnancy and high risk to miscarry again as I have have several episodes of bleeding. My doc told me no lifting anything heavy until I get past 16 weeks.
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    new lpn grad and flu clinics

    Check with your college's practice consultant. Here in BC LPN's cannot give immunizations. It is not in the scope of practice. However, as mentioned above, there is a course now, which will let LPN's give immunizations when they complete it. I would NOT give anything until you've got confirmation that it is in the LPN's scope in Ontario.
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    Vancouver Nurses

    It was called Yandy's, but I noticed about a month ago it was closed. It sold Avida uniforms, our work is still gettig the catalogues, though, so I don;t know if it moved locations.
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    Funniest thing a new nurse said/charted/asked...

    I had a new nurse come to me and ask if it was "normal" for a patient to not have a pulse. Needless to say, I kept a straight face and told her no and assist her with the death of a patient procedure.

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