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  1. I am doing a speech on making the most of a visit to a doctor. I want to emphasize the importance of knowing the proper name for diagnoses. I need some help coming up with unusual, weird, cultural, or just plain improper names for diagnoses...things ...
  2. CNAs and Nurses Referred to as "Girls"

    I was a dietary aide when I was in high school...way back in the late 80s. The facility I worked at had a lot of issues with various departments not getting along. The administrator had a "teambuilding expert" do an inservice on teamwork and respect....
  3. CNAs and Nurses Referred to as "Girls"

    I think there is a big difference in a resident referring to us as the "girls" and a coworker asking the charge nurse if I can have a "girl" take Mildred to the bathroom. I don't call them the "cleaning girls" or the "dish washing girl." I just feel ...
  4. CNAs are Referred to as Merely "Girls?"

    I initially posted this in LTC: Directors/Assistants...not paying attention like I should have been! I think I will get better response here. I was a dietary aide when I was in high school...way back in the late 80s. The facility I worked at had a l...
  5. Housekeeping vs Nursing and poop Oh My

    I have worked in several facilities and there is almost always a battle between housekeeping and nursing. I am always a little shocked when a housekeeper starts barking at me about which pain medication I need to give a resident or how they will try ...
  6. Come On People, How Stupid Are You??

    We don't use because they are apparently too confusing. We specifically write "Hold for systolic blood pressure less than 100". It is a pain and takes up an incredible amount of space, but it is quite clear. Hope things improve for you soon! I admir...
  7. Can Allnurses add a filter...

    Just because something has already been discussed doesn't mean that there is nothing new to say or nothing new to add to the discussion. I can see the point about the PVT, but a lot of other topics can certainly be discussed more. I always find it od...
  8. We had a survey team in our facility yesterday. They were there on a complaint that was unfounded (yay!). One of the people on the survey team looked awful. She admitted that she was not feeling well and wore a mask. She wore her mask just below her ...
  9. New Grads With Attitude

    It really isn't a picnic for me either. When I was hired, I was told it would be temporary...only a few weeks. The few weeks turned in to more than eight months, but I did it because I had the least seniority and the hours needed filled. The new nurs...
  10. New Grads With Attitude

    I am always a bit confused when anyone went through a nursing program and seems to think they won't end up working weekends and holidays. Really? Do they think the residents are only there Monday through Friday? I have to admit, I am seeing similar ...
  11. How Do You Sign Your Narcotic Book?

    Currently, my facility has one page for each bubble pack. When we give a narcotic, we sign our name, date, time, the current number of tablets (patches, vials, etc.), the number we are taking, and the number remaining. At shift change we sign one for...
  12. How Do You Sign Your Narcotic Book?

    We do the Date Time # on hand # removed-route # left on hand Signature thing every time a med is removed. That isn't what I am talking about. Our consultant wants us to do Date Time # left on hand Signature / SIgnature at the end of every shift to...
  13. I am my facility's infection control and prevention nurse. During our recent corporate survey, we got nailed for poor compliance with hand washing and use of gloves. My DON and administrator want me to come up with some ideas to increase compliance. ...
  14. Nurse's Week Gifts from Employers

    We don't get gifts, but they do a lunch. Instead of gifts, they give us a bonus at the end of the year. I had been there for two months when the bonuses were given last year and it was over $100. People who had been there for several years got way mo...
  15. How Do You Sign Your Narcotic Book?

    We don't have a paper MAR, just a paper narcotic sign-out and count book. The last place I worked had us sign each page at the end of the shift. We were supposed to do it with the oncoming nurse and both of us sign as we counted. It didn't work becau...
  16. How Do You Sign Your Narcotic Book?

    It is a nurse consultant. Our pharmacy consultant says that our current policy is fine. I am pretty big on asking to see the regulation when there is a change in policy that causes more work. The DON asked to see the regulation and the consultant jus...
  17. I work at a small LTC. We have exactly enough staff to get the job done...when we are short staffed, things can get pretty stressful. Last night one of the CNAs on duty got a phone call saying her father was being taken to the hospital and was in cr...
  18. Early morning phone call cracked me up!

    I am on call for disasters. However, short staffing is not a disaster. They ended up with three CNAs showing up at 0400. I am a bit speechless at the charge nurse's tactics to ensure staffing. I feel bad for the people who didn't know that she really...
  19. At my wits end...

    LOL...I was once written up for buttering a patient's toast wrong. I didn't spread the butter clear to the edge of the bread. She felt that I was "juvenilizing" by leaving a dry edge. She cried that I didn't think she could eat without having sticky ...
  20. "Right" way to pulls meds from cards?

    We color code our cards according to which med pass we are giving them. We use one card per drug no matter how many times it is given during the day. We pull ours our completely. our drawers are so long that I don't think most of us could reach clear...
  21. You are NOT allergic to...

    The things the OP listed make sense. They are not allergies, but might be reasons patients don't want to take the drug. I am not allergic to Cipro. But, Cipro causes severe abdominal pain. I throw up and have diarrhea to the point that I am just expe...
  22. My first dump and run

    We had a resident who seemed as nice as anyone could be. She was patient and kind. She would try to help other residents by pushing their wheelchairs, getting them coffee, and other things like that. No one could understand why her daughter never cam...
  23. Strange CoWorker Stories

    I work with a CNA that thinks everyone should make the same wage, have the same size home, wear the same clothing, eat the same food, etc. She read Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck and thinks it is a good idea. She even wrote a letter to corporate asking that...
  24. The Hotel Phenomenon

    Things like television, Internet, and food are important. If I am already stressed, television or Facebook might be a good distraction. But, we need to find a way for nursing staff not to take a hit when things like cable television are not up to par...
  25. Can't get into school because of statistics :(

    I survived Statistics only because I took it online. Our instructor encouraged us to "use technology" to pass the class. I built an Excel program to solve the problems. All I had to do was plug the numbers into the formulas that I wrote and Excel did...