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NamasteNurse BSN, RN

Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC
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NamasteNurse has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, LTC.

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  1. NamasteNurse

    Is it worth it?

    Not to sound "old" but when you're 18, everything seems like it's forever. I have changed jobs about every two years all my working life. Now I know, that's not everyone's style, but don't say "I will be an LPN forever". If you want to sure. I know LPN's who have done it "forever" and that's their choice. The LPN program is generally less than a year in school for about a $40,000 salary. Not bad by any standards. Nursing homes are the most abundant jobs available and you will always have work. Clinic jobs few and far between with a lot less pay. So it depends on what you want. Steady income or Mon-Fri. It's definitely worth it no matter what. Being an LPN gives you that hands on experience you don't get in other areas. You get to know your drugs and treatments inside out. You have a close relationship with your CNA's which will serve you well forever. In fact, I suggest being a CNA first. Climbing the ladder gives you a perspective and respect of your peers you can't get otherwise. Look into community colleges who will take your LPN credits. My school is allowing me to challenge NU101 and NU102 for already being an LPN. ANd listen, I graduated LPN school at age 50 at the top of my class. Going to leave RN school at 57!! Never say never and never say always! Think outside the box. Best of luck!!
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    LPN charge nurse position

    how did it go??
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    LPN charge nurse position

    It depends...is this a Charge Nurse of a unit? Probably not, if you're brandy new. In my nursing home the charge nurse is more like a unit manager, on the day shift. All the grunt work, paperwork, dealing with families, going to meetings, writing new orders, working with the doctor. If that person whether it's Charge nurse or unit manger, they go home at 3:00. On the evening and night shifts, an LPN called "charge nurse" is the only nurse or the most experienced on the floor . The charge nurse in that situation would pass meds, chart, answer phones, be in charge of the CNA's deal with emergencies, send people out, etc etc etc....with an RN supervisor somewhere in the building to respond if you need them. The second one is most likely what you're interviewing for. Best of luck, and do not take a job you don't feel ready for! Been there done that and it is not pretty! Namaste
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    LPN trying to Become RN

    student loans and agency nursing. make your own schedule.
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    LPN with PTSD....afraid to go back to work

    taking a LOA is NOT "giving up". You have had a severe trauma, your mind and body is telling you to rest. Get the help you need first, then you can keep on truckin.
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    GDR's, what has been your experience?

    I have spoken to our pharmacist about this and he says the dose reduction is a state mandated plan to have people on the lowest dose of psych meds that will work. He said if the dose reduction cause ANY negative effects, to call the MD and explain the situation say that the dose reduction is causing such-and-such negative s/s and you would like to try going back to the regular dose. The GDR is to test if a resident can tolerate a lower dose, if it doesn't work, ie the resident has unwanted s/s then they can be put back on their dose for another 6 months to a year depending on the state you practice in.
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    Newly Licensed LPN looking for a Job in NYC

    look up Archcare, they are a network of LTC's in the NY area. Also, craigs list. there are LOTS of jobs and they will train you.
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    Not so excited to start my bridge program

    LOVE your GD avatar! Huge fan here! :) xoxoxoxo I too am studying for my RN, but it's going to take me 2 years, doing one class at a time so I can keep working as an agency LPN and make my work schedule coincide with my school schedule! Right now, I'm in pre-reqs, but will start nursing 3 in fall of 2014, IF I pass the challenge exams for NU 101 and 102. SO much work, and so hard! I know why you are dreading all of the work, it's exhausting, time consuming, difficult, and so much more! Even though I was the valedictorian of my LPN class, it's still hard! But I think it will all be worth it to have more options. I truly want to study holistic nursing and/or teach nursing or even school nursing, as I am 'older' and used to be a teacher! I cannot keep doing 8-12 hour shifts passing meds much longer without going nuts with boredom! Best of luck to you and keep on truckin!
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    Scrub Warm-Up Jacket That is Actually Warm

    Healing Hands 6555 V-neck Cardigan & Healing Hands Scrubs at UniformAdvantage.comPeaches Med Couture Gold 8658 Scrub Jacket | Peaches Scrubs Peaches Med Couture Gold 8658 Scrub Jacket | Peaches Scrubs Here's three that are more sweater-like. I know what you mean, especially in the summer when the air is on! I have Raynaud's so really have to keep warm! In school you are so limited in what you can wear. One thing I do is wear a t-shirt under my scrubs, the extra layer also helps a bit. If you're really cold, wear silk long underwear under your scrubs! Hope these ideas help!
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    Scrub Warm-Up Jacket That is Actually Warm

    Healing Hands 6555 V-neck Cardigan & Healing Hands Scrubs at UniformAdvantage.comere's one that is more sweater-like. I know what you mean, especially in the summer when the air is on! I have Raynaud's so really have to keep warm! In school you are so limited in what you can wear. One thing I do is wear a t-shirt under my scrubs, the extra layer also helps a bit. If you're really cold, wear silk long underwear under your scrubs! Hope these ideas help!
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    really need help with MARS and TARS

    Someone needs to show you the first time! But as VANurse said You get the new MARS, and the old charts. You transcribe any new orders (new this month) onto the new MAR. We have to do three checks, two nurses doing it together makes two checks or if you have to do it alone, then another nurse does the same thing again; checks the chart and doctors orders for the month you are in (say October) and transcribes them into the new MAR. And You look to see if there are any meds or treatments that have been discontinued and dc them on the new (lets say Novembers) MARS too. We cross them out with yellow highlighter and red pen to be sure they are clearly dc'd. Then the third check is MAR to MAR on the last night shift of the month. They (the night nurse) remove the old MARS, re-check and put the new MARS into the binders. And can you believe there are still mistakes on Nov. 1st?!! The night nurse is also supposed to block off any meds that are given weekly, or monthly like IM B12's etc. Or patches that get changed, that sort of thing. Your facility really needs to train you, it's not something to go into uninitiated! Best of luck, hope gthis helps and didn't totally confound you! :)
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    Residents not being showered, am I being dramatic?

    In my facility this type of behavior recently resulted in a unit manager, charge nurse and two CNA's being fired. What happened was, a new to the floor CNA reported that there was no documentation and it was followed up on immediately. I say, if you have gone 'up the line' as required and now the charge nurse, nurse mgr AND the DON have really done NOTHING? It's time to call either the state or the ombudsman. This is neglect plain and simple and the higher ups have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to make sure the residents receive care. Make them do thier jobs. Period.
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    Need advice

    Wound nurses are awesome! I'd kill to have that job, but that's me. If you don't mind seeing wounds then go for it, but it can be pretty gory. A wound nurse makes rounds on all pts with wounds usually on a weekly basis. Assess each wound and make changes to the care plan and treatment based on the assessment. Usually the floor nurses love wound days because the wound nurse does the treatments and changes the dressings, makes the notes in the charts and tells floor nurse what to do for the rest of the week. If you feel stifled in LTC and feel your skills are suffering (which they are) they go for the wound position! Your skills will escalate! Peace
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    Do you have to count lyrica at your LTC facility?

    yes we count it, (NYS) it is a schedule V controlled substance. And I too have found leftover abx but we don't count them. We do however count Tramadol (Ultram) Why?
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    How do you keep your faith in LTC?

    I think everyone must feel that way some days, it's impossible not to if you have a heart. I don't really believe in "god" as the big guy in the sky kinda god, but I do wonder why this happens to people. Some days I think, "we treat our animals better". We keep people alive long after they should be let to go, just because we are medically able to! That being said, I am very good at what I do. I LOVE the residents because they become my family. Most of them have limited visits from family members, so I am their family, the one they see almost every day, the one who hugs them hello and sits down for a minute to have a little chat. Most of my fellow nurses think I'm nuts to get so close to the residents, but that's how I am and it sounds like that's how you are too. If I think about it, yes, I get sad for them and feel the loss of dignity etc. But, I can make them smile, and do the little extras that make their day a little better. We can only make their last days more bareable. They are in the siutation they are in and feeling bad won't help. You can empathize and feel their pain, but in the end you are making their last days and years as good as they can be. Keep them comfortable, give a little love and move on. Yes it's really really hard, some days worse than others. But someone has to do it, and it should be someone with feelings. Hang in there. Or if you really can't, go. best wishes, namaste
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    Pressure ulcers vs skin at risk

    difficult to say without seeing the wound. shearing isn't any less important than whatever you think it is. Treat the area as ordered and if there's no improvement report up the line, wound care should be following it weekly anyway to make changes in tx.