VivaLasViejas ASN, RN

LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych

Once a nurse, always a nurse!

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VivaLasViejas has 26 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

I'm a retired RN and blogger who lives with a good friend and an adorable little dog.I have over 25 years total experience in health care and have done a little bit of everything. I especially enjoyed mother/baby care and assisted living. I retired early due to health reasons but kept my license active for several years beyond that. I love God, my family, my friends, NFL football, and good food enjoyed with good people!

Do, or do not. There is no try.--Yoda, Jedi Master

Sometimes God calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage, and calms His child.

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    Has anyone ever been asked to lead activities at work?

    😳 Well, shucks, I'm blushing even as I'm reading your message . Thank you SO much for your kind words, they mean the world to me. I haven't been here as much in the past year or so because I've been so busy dealing with one ailment/injury or another ...
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    Has anyone ever been asked to lead activities at work?

    Hi Silver Bells, I did indeed work in Assisted Living for about 6 years back in the early 2000s up to 2013. I was the only licensed nurse for three facilities. I did the delegations, made the schedules, served as a staff development coordinator, over...
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    Sunday April 30th 2023

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    Game of Groans

    If we've evolved from apes, why do we still have them? Why do we park in a driveway, and drive on a parkway? If the plural of 'mouse' is 'mice' and the plural of 'louse' is 'lice', why isn't the plural of 'house', 'hice'? Or 'blouse', ' bli...
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    Retirement and License Question

    I don't know if the process is different in your state, but where I live we can choose to put our license in either Inactive or Retired status when it's time to renew. I preferred to put mine in Retired status because a) I am indeed retired—I'm never...
  6. I'm guilty of putting off health matters myself. Last year I fell and limped around on a fractured ankle for over a week before I gave in and went to the doctor, then followed it up with severe shortness of breath and wheezing which turned out to be...
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    Student RN Scrubs

    In the way-back days when I was in nursing school, we had to wear all-white uniforms, shoes and socks. After we graduated, we had a party at one student’s house and literally burned our whites, that’s how odious they were. In those times health care ...
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    Improving Your End-of-Life Literacy

    Yes, I felt it was an honor to be there when a patient breathed their last. It was usually a quiet, peaceful passage, but there was the occasional person who fought death to the bitter end for fear of what might be in store for them in the next world...
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    Improving Your End-of-Life Literacy

    I like the term “transitioning” to describe the final journey into death. Especially for those who believe in an afterlife, it can be very comforting to hear that their loved one is soon to transition to a higher plane where they will be reunited wit...
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    My Job Hopping & Bipolar Disorder

    How did that go?
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    Thanksgiving is time for football!!

    BIG pro football fan here. I have a favorite team in each conference (AFC—Los Angeles Chargers, and NFC—Seattle Seahawks) but I’ll watch other games throughout the week too. That way I can root for other teams to knock off the ones I don’t like…I won...
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    Does being addressed as "Nurse" annoy anyone?

    I was honored to be called “Nurse”. I had worked long and hard to earn that title and it didn’t bother me at all when patients/families/doctors couldn’t remember my name. (Well, it did bug me a little when the hospitalists with whom I worked forgot t...
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    A Night-shifter's Guide to a Good Day's Sleep

    I used to warm up my blanket and comforter by tossing them in the dryer before I took my hot bath in the morning. Being cradled in warm bedding made falling asleep much easier. I turned off my phone and put a sign on my front door that said “Night sh...
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    I Almost Forgot About Me

    On my ex-car’s bumper was a sticker that said “I Had a Life, But My Job Ate It.” Being responsible for others’ lives 24/7/365 really burned me out. I miss the facility but not the 50-60 hours a week I worked just to keep up with all my duties, to whi...
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    Not Exactly HIPAA, But Worried I Said Too Much

    Not even close. As far as I’m concerned you are free and clear. Don’t worry!

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