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  1. Hi all, I am a long time hospice nurse but have been out of the field for the last three years. I was just wondering if any of you would mind giving some insight, experiences on how the opioid crisis has affected the practice of hospice nursing. Are you having difficulty obtaining drugs for the patients? Have the attitudes of patients and families changed when patients are prescribed narcotics to what it was prior to the opioid crisis. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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    changing g-tube

    Hi I am a hospice nurse with an ALS pt with a balloon style g-tube that needs to changed (the tip is disintegrating) I haven't changed a g-tube in many years. Does anyone know of a good website that has step-by-step directions? Or if anyone can talk me through it I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
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    pt. load for case managers

    Hi, We do have a separate admission nurse, although I may do 1 or 2 openings a week just because of overload. I manage anywhere from 14 to 17 patients at a time. The agency likes us to see 5 patients a day (less if we do an admission). 5 patients a day is usually manageable for me. Hope this helps.
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    Home Health--Does this sound right

    The quoted rate seems a little low to me also, but I have only done home health in the northeast. I got paid $47.50 for a revisit, $60.00 for recert/resumption/opening. Mileage was .55 cents a mile. It depends a lot on where you live, just do some comparison shopping with other agencies in your area. I loved the flexibility of home health nursing, beats shift work any day. Good Luck with your decision