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Forever Sunshine ASN, RN

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Forever Sunshine has 7 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC.

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  1. Forever Sunshine

    Depressed on night shift

    I do sleep during the day time, but on my nights off I find it difficult to keep that pattern. Nights just isn't working for my body. When I'm home I'm always tired. Noise/light isnt the problem and my neighborhood is quiet. I wake up from sleep and I feel like I never slept.
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    Depressed on night shift

    More recently in the past month, I have become more and more depressed and anxious. I dread going to work and it is about nothing in particular. I think it is working night shift and not having a regular pattern of sleeping, eating, or days off. I am in the process of trying to find a job with better hours as I currently work night shift. I really hope I get it. My job requires that I put in 4 weeks notice. Do I put the notice in now for 4 weeks even though I don't have another job lined up? My luck it would backfire on me but I just don't know if I can mentally handle working nights for another month.
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    Crushing Oral Medications...New Regulation

    I can't. I just ... I can't. If anyone agrees with this horrific practice... please do a medpass in LONG TERM CARE. You will change your mindset after the first resident with crushed meds. And make sure the surveyor is in the direct path of the resident taking the 20 cups of applesauce.. watch that rule change really fast.
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    Infamous PVT

    yay congrats to you! what a wonderful day!
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    Infamous PVT

    I passed!! How did you do! .. Note the new credentials next to my username.
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    Infamous PVT

    I took the NCLEX RN yesterday in NY. I had 95 questions and then the research screen started with what seemed like a million questions(it was about 20 lol). I did the PVT about 100 times yesterday lol and I got the infamous "RESULTS ON HOLD" pop up. I just checked it about 5 minutes ago and it changed to the good one. So relieved. But I'm not celebrating yet because this can be wrong. This wait for wednesday morning is killing me!
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    Pearson Vue Trick NCLEX RN 2017 265 Questions Wisconsin

    Just took.. NCLEX RN shut off at 95 questions.. got the hold pop. Not sure if thats good or not.
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    Patient refusing meds, combative

    I wish you the best with combative and agitated patients. Chocolate + Xanax =
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    Re-eval orders

    hahahhaha unit secretary.... lol lolol lol. Best way we get this done is on a separate calendar like one of those big desk calendars. If you must put re-eval in the MAR is there a way to make the order only 7 or 14 days etc? and put an arrow or line through any days after that.
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    LTC emergency...sorry no meds today

    Emergencies trump med pass. Deal with the emergency then when its done, resume med pass. You can't not give the medications and you must tend to the emergency.
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    Overhead Paging Banned

    Overhead paging is strongly frowned upon where I work. I rarely use it anyway, incase I really can't find the staff member who I am looking for or it is an emergency.
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    Most Efficient FS Protocol

    It depends if I have 1-2 finger sticks I do them with the med pass and get them before the meal starts. But you said you have 5-6. Maybe go around and do those people first. Or get the fingerstick reading and give the insulin. Then do meds separate.
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    Remaining professional with rude, disrespectful family members

    I'm sorry you had to go through this. But remember most of us have been in your shoes. Most likely, the family member who is yelling at you.. is not mad at you. They are mad at themselves, their relationship with their relative, the circumstances etc. It is not your fault and try not to take it personally. The first time a family member ripped me a new one, even after giving her honest and compassionate information about her moms care, I was in tears(I didn't let her see that though). I had an instance a few months ago that still sticks to me like glue, this one family member was so demanding.. no matter what anyone said or did .. she wasn't happy. I feel I handled the situation well and was complimented and thanked by administration at the end of the day. One of the best assets you can have as a nurse is learning to deal with people who aren't happy, and know that.. you can't make everyone happy.
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    Demanding patient wanting me to page MD about insignificant issue.

    "Here is the doctors number.. why don't you call him and ask him yourself if it is so important to you."
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    First classes with Excelsior

    Everything will be ok! I had good experiences with my first two excelsior classes. I prefer the more expensive route because I tried self-study and I'm just not able to focus and create a studying schedule for myself.
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    Do we serve a tray

    Happy to hear he got his wish. Choking on honey thick pureed food is no way to live. But we did have a similar case in which we had a resident who failed a Modified Barium Swallow evaluation miserably. They strongly recommended that she be kept NPO and wanted her family to consider a G-tube. They said absolutely not and wanted her kept on regular food even though she risked aspirating. Our speech therapists ordered a puree diet and 1-1 feed with the suction machine next to her. Thankfully we didn't need it. When I was working I would feed her myself with 1/3 teaspoonfuls for each bite. She did pretty well with that.