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  1. What steps does your facility use and what type of place do you work?
  2. I have a friend that has worked in a factory for 10 years after quitting as an RN.
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    service dogs

    At your workplace, have you had healthcare workers that use service dogs?
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    Attention PRN nurses

    I have been PRN for about 10 years. That is, I just work 40 hours per week. First in ICU then Hospice. My question to you is: Do you have an incredible amount of ungratefulness, backstabbing executed with precision, jealousy, and cruelty? Instead of viewing us as an extra set of helping hands they just see me as getting to work 40 hours without as much stress as they have. Why can't they be thankful for all we do? They are so incredibly jealous. Constantly trying to increase your workload, being unhappy and impossible to please just plain old jealous and do you feel like they constantly want to even the playing field? What does it take to get them to realize that I get no benefits, no paid time off, no job security, nothing. How on earth can I cope? I am ready to throw in the towel.
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    Any Mormon/LDS nurses here? I need help?

    Well, that was a disgusting read!!! I am appalled at all of the horrifying evil responses on this thread. I have been a nurse for 31 years, worked every single scheduled weekend. never once called in or tried to get out of it! So quit attacking us! And the disgusting people on here that attack us for the one and only reason---- We attend religious services. It is really eye opening to see nurses act like this to people of faith. I am truly absolutely 100% disgusted by these responses attacking people because we are not as miserable and hateful as you. No reason to attack us. No reason at all. You do realize that holistic nursing care is the most effective? That means that people that have a spiritual need for healing as well as physical, mental, social etc. Wow!!!! Please do, Grow up, these people that call yourselves nurses. Just because we are sad to miss our fellowship and love and support we receive at religious services does not give you the right to attack us. *fact* There is actually another life outside of nursing, we all don't worship the career of nursing 24/7 like you do.
  6. The focus should be on palliative, palliative, palliative. There are too many invasive, expensive, medical treatments. Living longer is not always the best. Also, I have a friend, whose husband is on medicaid for healthcare. He visits the ER every other night. It is abuse. I believe that if people want healthcare, then they should pay for it out of their own pocket and not use other people's money.
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    Sleep-night shift

    I worked 18 years on the night shift. For the last 8 years, I have worked day shift. So at noon today I have an interview for a night shift position. My question is this: Is there a sleeping pill strong enough to help me sleep, if I do take this position? I struggle very badly with sleep. When I was younger I could do it on no sleep. But the older I get the harder it was to work night shift, I am a terrible sleeper. Any success with a sleeping pill strong enough for night shift workers? I tried everything in the book, when I worked nights, so try not to give me all the advice "make your room dark, cool, sleep hygiene." because I feel like I have tried every single thing on the planet. I tried melatonin for years, may as well take a sugar pill, it does nothing.
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    Sleep-night shift

    See that is what I also did. Until it completely caught up with me and Got myself in a horrible place. I would LOVE to get 3-4hours of sleep. I would give my right arm for that! I usually only get 1 hour at most. Maybe been there, done that is right I should not even entertain the idea of this night job.
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    New instructor need help!

    A lot depends on where you teach. Do you have a statewide CNA educators conference? I learned a lot from that and from my Train the Trainer class. Are there other instructors or is there a CNA coordinator that can help you along? I have been teaching high school health Occ CNA classes for 4 years. Our class is from 7:30 AM until 9:15 AM. We usually go to the lab to get them moving and waking up, practicing skills first, and then go back to the classroom. Get the book called "what the best college teachers do" and another book called " "Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators." DeYoung, S. (2015). Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators (3rd). Pearson Education, Inc.: Upper Saddle River, N.J. I use a variety of activities in the classroom to keep them moving and participating. We also have workbooks that they get extra points for completing. On your very first day of class, lay down the law. What is expected of them. The door is locked at 5 minutes after class begins and you are absent for the day for example. Attitudes, figure out what is non-negotiable. Cell phones are non negotiable for me, they are rude, and the faculty complain about rudeness of the nursing faculty on their phones, so I do not allow cell phones in class. Anything you can think of that you can hit head on before the problem occurs.
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    Long Term Care Nursing is Lame

    I was an ICU nurse for 12 years, med-surg nurse for 7 years, hospice nurse for 5 years. I believe that the ideology and concepts of ICU are futile and unnecessary treatments that hurt people. There are worse things than death. I do not believe in these expensive treatments to torture people. I am glad that it opened my eyes, but I think LTC nurses are the bomb. ICU, cardiac crapola crap, not so much.... I have never worked LTC because I do not have enough courage. You gals are amazing and awesome to the core.
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    Favorite Alzheimer's video you have seen

    We do the Teepa Snow DVDs and then practice the techniques with each other. She has a lot of great ideas. Are there any more up to date ones? Her DVD is 2011.
  12. I love Teepa Snow and Alive Again DVD. I tried the Cares online curriculum and it was not all that amazing, it was okay, not the greatest. Please help me what have you seen in the past that you loved? Thank you!! Oh yeah, and Bathing Without a Battle is another that I love
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    Favorite Alzheimer's video you have seen

    I have also been watching Molly and Joey on Youtube. Real life story of AD.
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    G tube to gravity drainage

    If a patient has a G-tube to gravity drainage, then nothing they drink will be absorbed correct? They will get no nutrition at all?
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    CNA students and graduates

    Help me with what you loved about your instructor. Tell me what you loved and what really helped. What did your instructor use in class? Power point, work books, games, what helped and what did you like? What did you hate? What did not work so well and what did not help you learn to be a great CNA?
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    CNA students and graduates

    For patient rights, I had posters all over the room and then gave good and bad examples of when rights were honored or not honored. And then they stuck them to the posters. That seemed to go over well... And did you role play a lot in class? I thought about doing a skit and have them act it out.
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    Why are nurses so mean to each other?!

    Its been that way EVERYWHERE I have worked. Even at the schools when I was a school nurse, the teachers all hate each other too. I have learned that all women hate each other. Hopefully we will get more men in nursing. Because everywhere I have ever worked, its been awful!
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    How does it look when you are PRN?

    I was PRN in the year 2000 - 2009. It was really 40 hours per week, but I LOVED PRN because I was more in control, if my small kids had a doctor appointment, if they had a preschool event, I was able to get off work for it. But I wanted to help them out because we were ALWAYS short, so I loved helping out and getting extra money. They called me every day at all hours. ICU is so incredibly stressful and we were all moms and had families, I loved helping out. But I wondered how it looks in the year 2016? Do PRN nurses still work 40 hours if they want or can? Do they need you as much? I work at a college now, and they are ever so very careful that I don't work too many hours because then they have to give me benefits. It is sad because they need my help. Some students go without a class because they cannot pay me or let me work 50 hours in an entire semester because OBAMA has made is so they have to pay me expensive benefits. IT is a continuous juggling of numbers to make sure I don't work over the quota of number of hours per semester. It is sad because they need the help. Is there some contract you can sign? I am NOT interested in their stupid benefits. I like my own private insurance I do not ever want corporate insurance ever again. I like the medishare insurance I have had for the last 17 years. DO NOT WANT TO SWITCH? What does it look like for your PRN nurse in the hospital nowdays?
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    How does it look when you are PRN?

    Thank you so much for your responses! I loved PRN so much. I wonder why other businesses are so scared of working us 40 hours per week? Why can't I sign a paper or something if I don't want their dumb benefits. I do not want their health insurance and I WANT to work when I can and when I want to go to my son's basketball game, then I don't have to regret the rest of my life, missing cheering for him, watching him dunk that ball.
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    CNA scope of practice

    Are CNA's allowed to tell a patient their blood pressure reading after the CNA takes it? I know in real life, but for the state exam, do they consider it to be above your scope of practice.
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    CNA scope of practice

    The answer is: You check with the policy at your job. But you can tell them what their blood pressure reading is, and then if it is high or too low, you reassure them that you will tell the nurse right away, and try not to alarm them.
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    Any CNA Teachers here?

    Same here. I was in hospice and I was leaving the house at 4AM and getting home after my family was in bed. I wanted to be home more. My high school CNA class meets from 7:30 AM to 9:15 Monday thru Friday. I love the fact that I am home before noon and can have supper ready for my kids when they get home the house smells yummy for them. It has been the best job I have ever had for my family. I would ask how your employer handles IEPs and if they require a certain reading level before they can enter the class. It seems like we require a lot out of these CNAs. But they have a very important critical job. I wish they could get paid what they are worth!!!!
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    Any CNA Teachers here?

    I asked one of the other high school teachers "how do you motivate high schoolers?" She said "you figure that out, you let me know!!" LOL I've had some difficult groups to teach, they are very busy! Some of them work until 11 at night and they are exhausted, some of them play volleyball, basketball, etc. They are stressed. And they have senioritis!!
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    Any CNA Teachers here?

    I began teaching students by applying for the job, never dreaming I would get hired. But I did and I guess it was meant to be! In my state we have to turn in a master schedule to IDPH and we have to follow it perfectly. You can't let class out early or cancel. If there is a snow storm, we can send a revised schedule to Illinois Department of Public Health, who regulates CNAs. If you are required to take Train the Trainer in your state, that will help you tremendously. My favorite part is connecting with the students and telling them all of the funny stories from my experience. I try to really make it interesting because my kids are also high school students. They are used to being entertained and they just can't learn like my generation did. I mix it up with videos, we do play dough for wound care, I bring in wound Annie, we do Quizlet, i-clickers, and Kahoot. We also have workbooks they do for extra credit points. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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    I was forced to join nursing and hate it

    NO, I have worked 25 years in the field but now I teach CNA students.