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DixieRedHead

DixieRedHead ASN, RN

ED/ICU/TELEMETRY/LTC
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DixieRedHead has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ED/ICU/TELEMETRY/LTC.

I am a Crusty Old Bat. I say exactly what I mean and mean exactly what I say. Don't try to add or take anything away. Years of experience in all different types of nursing have taught me that I should have been a cop.

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    Moral Question

    It's a rash caused by an allergy. It's not catching. Nothing to be all morally dilemnaed about.
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    Do you think I could get kicked out?

    I hope you won't be thrown out. You messed up, and you have to deal with it. From my perspective you deserve a reprimand, and a severe one. I don't think you should get thrown out. Never know what the powers that be will do. Hope it goes your way.
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    What can I do to these scrub stains? Help Me!!!!

    Wash only white scrubs with white scrubs. Hot water, detergent, and use one-two packs of Rit White-Wash. Your scrubs will be white and will never turn yellow. You can get it at Walmart.
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    "Sir or Ma'am" when addressing physicians?

    I have had many doctors call me Ma'am. I call all doctors "Doctor". Life is easy.
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    6 patients at once? How do you do that?? Any advice?

    Am I in some kind of alternate universe? 6:1 on Med- Surg is great staffing.
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    Stat orders and the MAR

    If I am going to give it to a patient, I am going to write it on the patient's Medication Administration Record. That's what it is, a "record of the medication administrated to the patient." Think of it this way. Suppose something went wrong and you end up in court. What will be your answer to the question as to why you did NOT record what you gave. Sounds like a nightmare to me.
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    Would this be appropriate for an interview?

    You should be fine. Good luck.
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    Some days I just wanna bang my head against a wall

    God bless this poor woman. And heaven help this poor family. I really don't get it when people don't get it. I have had residents whose family would decline a feeding tube when the resident would no longer eat and leave Mama a full code. So we are going to let her starve to death and then code her? Good grief.
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    Charting Help/Tips Please! for long term care / SNF

    One word.............FOCUS Why are you charting? How about this? UTI? Pain, temperature, complaints, odor of urine, mentation, reaction to ABT, output, what else did you do? V/S 98.2,68,14,112,58 98% saturation on room air. Has denied pain and verbalized no complaints. Urine remains with strong odor. Mentation at baseline for this resident. No reaction noted to prescribed ABT. UOP X 4 incontinent per usual. Fluids at bedside and encouraged with med pass. Nancy Nurse RN. Wound. What, where, dimensions, description, complaints? V/S ....... Resident has 4 x 3 cm skin tear to right forearm. Wound is dry and free from drainage, warmth, or odor. Edges well approximated, steristrips in place. Resident denies pain, stating that area is "sore". Remember, it's not how much you chart, it's how you chart.
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    Creepy Patient

    This screams "discharge" to me. You should have reported it the first time.
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    Baffled...

    "Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling" Yes, it a terrible thing to say. Do I love it? You betcha!
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    cna to lpn

    Having been through both, I can tell you LPN is much harder. The skills learning is pretty much the same. In the RN program you get a lot more theory and fluff. This is gonna get me KILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLED.
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    "I would help you out with a job if I could.."

    I think you are looking at it all the wrong way. At the end of the day, it's a job. You go, you put in your time, you do the very best that you can do, you get your money. You provide for yourself, and your family. That alone is noble enough. I have done long years in the ER. I am now ADON in LTC. Guess what, at the end of the day, it's a job. If you look down on me, you are looking at a debt free, no mortgage LTC nurse who is not bothered one whit what you think.
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    Another one for my journal

    Where I come from that patient had just done fell out...... Yes, Esme, DFO is a real diagnosis down here. And I hesitate to tell you what PFO is, but let's just say the LOL at the nursing home urinated and fell.
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    First day of CNA clinical - Elder abuse?

    " ltc is heart breaking. those that care, don't always last." don't you dare tar everyone with the same brush. many many fine cnas and dedicated workers of all degrees of education do last for exactly the reason that they care. just because you didn't check out the facility before accepting a job, and couldn't last, doesn't mean we are all that way.
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    doctor's office accessing of scripts

    I really do not have any health issues. I only take the obligatory "old woman's" SSRI. I really do not give a rip if any prescriber knows what I take. His newly employed, will be gone in 6 weeks, front desk clerk, that's a different story. That's how you consider it a HIPPA violaton.