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cowmom27

co-nurse manager in LTC
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    Have you ever cried when a Pt died

    Mattnurse, I don't doubt that you are an excellent nurse and it may not be in your personality to cry and I bet you are awesome in a crisis---think I may have worked with you in a few places along the way BUT I respectfully disagree that most men in nursing would agree with you. I HAVE worked with some very manly men over the years and yes they do cry.......and they are not ashamed to let others see them. Does it make them better nurses--not necessarily but does it say they cared----and it does hurt to lose a patient whether you may have taken care of them for a long time or you lost them in a code situation and didn't know them at all. With time I hope you soften a bit---you'll still be an excellent nurse and maybe just maybe you'll have a better understanding of what wellsjc meant when he/she said it can make you a 'better' nurse.
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    Have you ever cried when a Pt died

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with crying when you lose a beloved patient/resident--it shows that you have a heart. In LTC residents become 'family' to many staff members and they return the same deep feelings towards staff. Personally I spent many hours on my own time sitting with a dying resident, some with family there and some whose family had just left or couldn't be there. I also made it a point to go to calling hours, funerals or memorials and was warmly received by the families. I retired last April after 46 yrs in the nursing field--started my career in LTC as an LPN, had varied experiences both in acute and long term care as an RN and closed the chapter back in LTC. I have no regrets, many wonderful memories and stay in contact with many family members whose loved ones were entrusted to my care. As nurses we face or will face losses during our careers and showing emotion is not a weakness it is compassionate and should be the root of why we chose to be nurses.
  3. Hello, first visit to site, read thru site & didn't see any nurse working with Parkinson's. Was working in LTC & thinking I missed acute care-applied for & got a job in a busy local ED. Passed employee physical in AM & was diagnosed in PM. This was in 3/06--I lasted 17 months & the fatigue was wearing so I returned to my first love--LTC. I appear to be very fortunate as only have 1 limb that tremors--right hand & arm (never had problems starting IV's in ED), have had more trouble with medication & adverse effects up to this point. After 1 yr as night Supervisor applied for a nurse manager position (which held previously) and was offered a job share with a much younger and less experienced RN -who is very good, has many great ideas, we get along great & the perks of having more time off is working well for both of us. My question to anyone out there is--this position was offered d/t a decision couldn't be reached between the 2 of us, felt we both had qualities needed to do job SO both of were chosen & statement was made that if d/t my age 62, OR if my health became an issue and I needed to retire early my partner would have benefitted enough from my many years of experience & could carry on solo in position. I like my DON but should I file something in HR about the statements made re: age & health to protect myself? I may have Parkinson's but I work very hard not to let the disease have me, a real challenge when I work with residents in varying late stages of the disease. Would value comments from nurses with similiar experiences. Love the site!!
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