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*LadyJane* has 4 years experience and specializes in LTC, wound care.

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    What is your Nursing Kryptonite?

    Smells. The kryptonite is a toss up between two smells. One, colostomies, two, a blend of feces coupled with stinky, infected pressure sore at the coccyx. The latter, which I wasn't expecting, in my first year, was so bad, I had to step away because my mouth started watering and stomack started crapmping (which herald vomit about to happen). I didn't vomit, but had to get a mask with some scented something. That whole experience coupled with my first in-person experience with a cavernous wound, big enough to stuff a tennis ball into, was just too much for my young nurse senses to process.
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    Failed NCLEX-RN Aug 2015

    Hearst review. After this class I was much more confident. Also our tests in our nursing program were HARD. NCLEX was easy compared to them!
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    Be honest, what pt behaviors do you find annoying?

    Patients/residents yelling. Daily occurance, very disruptive.
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    I was working with another nurse on a slow night and so we were going around together. we walked into a room, to burp a colostomy bag. I had never done this. when she let the gas out, I had to leave the room. I have smelled some awful stenches before, including being sprayed by a skunk, but this beat all. I thought I'd vomit right then and there. Can anything be done, other than avoiding certain foods? Do the bag deodorants really work?
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    Job Offer Washington State

    25/26 per hour is typical pay for an RN in LTC.
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    Death Notification

    I find that the family member wants to know some details, like was s/he sleeping/comfortable/well-medicated, etc. as reassurance that they had a peaceful death. I expect them to ask that, and to tell them. I also use "passed away", just because it seems kinder to the family than "died". They are also of the age group that this is the term that they use.
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    Sexual activity between dementia residents, (news article)

    I imagine the wife would be upset, but she also needs to realize that her husband is not able to remember what he ate for breakfast, either. Demented residents need protection, but what are we proteting against? The wife's feelings, or the husband's momentary(?) comfort at holding hands with a female resident. Also, in that "horrific scene", were they naked? what exactly was going on? sexual intercourse? Bondage? Beating? Kissing andhugging?
  8. From Bloomberg news: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-22/boomer-sex-with-dementia-foreshadowed-in-nursing-home.html> Dementia residents have sexual contact, legal can of worms opened, DNS and Admin both lose licenses..... As a newish nurse in LT care, what isthe main thing to prevent this, besides knowing yourresidents well, and keeping a close eye on them all?
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    What brand of scrubs do you prefer?

    Uniform Advantage Butter soft scrubs. Very good prices, the fit is fine and the fabric is good quality, endures lots of washing and still looks very tidy/professional. Needs minimal steaming out of the dryer. I also like white swan, I like the heavier fabrics and choice of more professional designs.
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    Former Med-Surg RN now working in SNF - Help!

    I am also a newish nurse, but I and my friends who work mainly in long term care have not found the backbiting thing where we work (3 different facilities). I have heard of such nastiness at the hospitals.... (shudder)
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    Epic Nursing Movie Trailer - Nurses Spreading Smiles

    That music is my "theme music" each day as I drive in to go to work each day. The epic life of a nurse! It's so amazing!
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    LTC certifications

    I, too, would like to know about certification, so that I might be the best I can be and benefit the people in my care.
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    Healthy Breakfast before nclex

    a big old bowl of hot oatmeal, with a handfull of berries or raisins and a little dab of butter and a little milk, washed down with a couple cups of starbucks, and a glass of OJ. The oats are a very nice carbohydrate food, will burn slowly and evenly to power you through the exam, even if you take a few hours. Do bring some kind of granola bars to eat during a break, and chew gum if you can during the exam. Jane
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    Who the Heck Am I Now??

    The more we can accept ourselves, flaws and all, the more we can accept others with their flaws, and thus be better nurses and better people. I see this as the lesson for myself and perhaps others. You are still one of my favorite writers here on the blog. Carry on....
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    ~*~ Need help with a RN exam question~*~

    I was always told cold for the first twenty four hours then warmth after that.
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    "Starving to death"

    Yes, excellent also.