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yousoldtheworld has 5 years experience.

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    How does a respirator fit test work?

    That's just the size/type of mask that fits you...they should have each size available and you just need to make sure to choose the one that fits you properly to be protected.
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    Please tell me this isn't normal

    Nope, NOT normal and I would not subject yourself to that. It's a dangerous situation. THere's a reason why nurse duties (and those shared by med aides/techs) and regular patient care positions are usually separate, and when they aren't and a nurse/tech is expected to do it all, it is for a much, much smaller number of people.
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    "But the patients sleep all night don't they?"

    I have one of those...he is tube fed and they run so much water through him, I change his bed at least 4 times a night.
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    "But the patients sleep all night don't they?"

    I HATE YOU. Can I come work with you? LOL. I just went back to nights after a year of seconds, and I've been on the one hall with the severely demented resident with Down's Syndrome...talk about sundowning, just screams and strips all night long. I miss second shift!:) That said, when I'm on other halls, I don't have time to read or anything like that but I do have time to move at a slower pace and breathe once in a while!
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    Things we think that we do not say... humorous...

    OH I so feel you on the admissions thing. I work at a children's home, so our residents are primarily severely disabled children and young adults - due to the nature of many of their conditions, there just aren't as many behavioral issues as I had in geriatrics (we have only a handful who can even walk or talk)...as such, the pay and staffing is reflective of that... But then corporate starts bringing in combative, sexually aggressive (hence where my penis comment came from...and just a tip, if you don't want someone griping about your penis, then don't spend large chunks of your day trying to force them to touch it or look at it. Logic.) people that require one on one and are NOT mentally or physically disabled. They become a threat to us and a threat to our residents who are pretty much 100% defenseless. Way to go, corporate... And to the anonymous idiot who sent me a threatening email calling me a "pervert"...yeah, I'm totally the immature one here. Go find something else to do.
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    11-7? or 7-3? or 3-11? Which ones the best shift for you?

    I prefer 2nd and 3rd shifts. I am NOT a morning person, so days is just miserable for me. I like the work of 2nds better, but I love 3rd shift's hours. I'm a night owl, and I really enjoy the quieter atmosphere with fewer managers and people around to bug me, lol. I'm actually about to switch back to 3rd shift on MOnday, after working 2nds for the last year. I'm looking forward to it! I like that, on 3rd shift, I actually have some time once in a while to chat with a resident or play with them when they're awake (I work at a children's home, so yeah, i do play with them :) ) It's more laid back but I am still busy the whole time, between rounds and all the cleaning tasks I have, I'm not sitting around twiddling my thumbs or anything.
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    Do I have to work in LTC?

    It's possible to get a job in areas other than LTC, but in some areas it is very difficult as a new CNA.
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    I think cutsey scrub tops look ridiculous on adult units

    If a person thinks I am not worthy of respect as a professional because I am wearing a cartoon print, then I don't care if I have their respect or not, personally. I will not refrain from wearing things I like and that make me happy (within my facility's dress code, of course) to fit into some antiquated idea of "professionalism" when it has nothing to do with my job performance. If a person prefers solid colors and feels good and professional that way, that's great. But don't try to police what is worn by others.
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    Danskos are uncomfortable for me, but I love Birkis!
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    Can a Nurse have a Tattoo???

    See, when it comes to this stuff, what's the point? Does gauze on a wrist, or a band-aid or something similar covering a tattoo really look more professional? As long as the tattoo isn't vulgar, I think it's silly.
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    Can a Nurse have a Tattoo???

    I have three tattoos. Our company's general rule is that they must be covered, but they are fairly lax on that and have a few employees with not easily covered tattoos (back of neck, wrist, etc). Mine are mostly covered, though the bottom of one of them sometimes peeks out under my sleeve. As for piercings, most places will make you take them out, not only for appearance, but also for infection control reasons.
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    Best shoes for young nurse with plantar fascitis

    I haven't yet found the perfect shoe for me, but I have found that the characteristics I need to look for are a combination of cushioning and support, which is hard to find. Supportive shoes that aren't cushy enough kill the balls of my feet, while not enough support kills my arch. I'm currently having good luck with a pair of the Reebok Zigtechs, New Balance toners, and a pair of Dawgs (not sneakers, but they are super lightweight and velcro so that they secure to the foot). If you buy a pair of shoes that don't quite do it for you, I have found that the Dr. Scholl's custom shoe inserts help a LOT.
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    Are all CNAs mean

    Well, I'm sorry that's been your experience, but it's not everyone's. Where I work, the vast majority of the staff are personable. Yes, everyone has their days, but in general, of our 40 or so aides employed where I work, there are generally only 2 or 3 that would generally be considered "nasty". And all but one end up being pretty nice once you get to know them, and are just rough around the edges. CNA is just a job, it's not a personality characteristic. If you are at a place where most of the aides truly do seem to be hateful, it makes me wonder how they are treated, frankly.
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    Indiana?...CNA job advice..

    I live in Indiana as well...and I'll say that you do not necessarily make more at a hospital. It really depends on the city. I actually took a 75 cent pay cut when I left LTC and went to the hospital...but now I make the same at a different LTC than I did when I did work at the hospital, so...it varies widely!
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    Are all CNAs mean

    And frankly, if you're going to go onto a board full of CNAs and post a thread with this title, you should expect annoyed replies.
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    Are all CNAs mean

    Thank you, fuzzy, this last paragraph is exactly what I've been trying to say. If you're voicing these assumptions to us, it's very likely that you're making them pretty clear in your actions.