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kkluczynski

skilled nursing LTC
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    Stuck between a rock and a hard place

    thanks for the info
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    Need advice..LPN to RN transition

    re: Would I recommend Excelsior...So far I think the only thing i find is difficult is the self motivating part of it. Its all on you and there isn't anyone to guide you. So other than that I'd say its working out so far.
  3. kkluczynski

    Need advice..LPN to RN transition

    Thanks to all who replied, I really appreciate it! Helps make me feel better..
  4. kkluczynski

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place

    I'm currently working on the LPN to RN program through Excelsior as well. How do you feel about the program? Do you feel you're prepared? I'm so worried about this because I'm not sure what to expect in the end..tell me more about your experience. Have you done any hands on clinical things? What exactly is the Cpne..I'm only about 3 classes in so any information would be great.
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    Need advice..LPN to RN transition

    :) Hello..Ok so I'm doing online schooling to obtain my RN, I've been working as an LPN for 3 years. I'm terrified that in the end when I start a new job as an RN that the skills I currently have won't be enough. I'm not suggesting that LPN's or myself are incompetent by any means..I personally am just worried that I won't remember things that are basic or things I learned before that maybe I don't use on a regular basis now..don't use it lose it type thing. Sorry if this sounds crazy..basically I was wondering if any RN's out there or others who have went through the transition can offer any guidance or advice. Appreciated in advance.
  6. Ok, so I am an LPN currently working on getting my RN through an online program. I currently work in LTC on the skilled unit, I have been there for 2.5years. I know nothing about homecare and have always been kind of scared of the idea of being out there alone with no co workers around to help if necessary. Recently I have considered the idea because of flexible scheduling. Im considering having a baby and working 2nd shift wouldn't be convenient. So my questions include: how does home healthcare work, what would my duties be, how do I work around the hours that would be convenient for myself and family, the pay is it more or less vs. LTC, how does charting and orders from the doc work, and any other information that would be helpful. I appreciate any input, Im torn between wether or not to stay where I am at or to move on. Thanks in advance
  7. kkluczynski

    Wound vac question/vent

    The sponge wasn't sutured into the wound it covered the sutures helping remove excess drainage.
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    Wound vac question/vent

    We had a lady recently where I work who had a vac placed over a hip replacement incision. I never had seen it either until then but I was told that its something surgeons are doing now in order to speed up the healing. It did work well and the incision healed nicely.
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    LTC Nursing...Who likes it, who doesn't?

    little old lady= LOL
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    LTC Nursing...Who likes it, who doesn't?

    LTC nurses are nurses, that statement is just crazy. I work in LTC/rehab and I enjoy it for the most part. Sometimes you get those LOL who are on a rampage like last night I got hit in the jaw by a LOL receiving a haldol injection, she wasn't very happy to say the least. But overall I find that everyone needs nursing care whether it be the young or old, nursing home or hospital.
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    KUDOS to LTC nurses

    Thanks that makes us feel good!!!
  12. kkluczynski

    Charting Bloopers

    Got an order from the doc the other day it reads " please do not disturb this resident between the hours of 11pm and 8am, these are her normal sleeping times at home. also serve a glass of warm milk at night." Really? This resident has a personal alarm, is unsteady at times and confused, but he wants us to leave her alone...hmm.....
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    LPN....I'm still a nurse, right??

    Ok so last night went better. He showed up about a half hour into my shift and all I could think was why? why did he have to come in the start of the shift, what a way to start. So he didn't say anything right away. He came to the desk and asked if the dietician spoke to his wife about her food preferences, because he was paying for a meal and it should be what she likes to eat. I told him yes they came down and talked with her about her likes and dislikes, he said well my wife said no, they didn't come. So I called the kitchen and found out for sure that they did. He said thanks katie for checking on it. WHAT? I thought to myself he said thanks to me. Well the rest of the time he was there was pretty quiet suprisingly. But he still wont acknowledge me as a nurse, he calls me by name, which isn't bad, better than the other night, I'll take what I can get. I don't know if managment spoke to him or not. No one said much to me about it yesterday at work except the admissions lady, she said sorry to hear you had a bad night. So I guess everything is ok now, at least so far. I still was feeling a little nervous around him, its like walking on eggshells, because I know the wrath I will have to face if something happens to his wife, like a fall or something. Once again thank you all for your kind and encouraging words. I really appreciate the support here at AN. Katie
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    LPN....I'm still a nurse, right??

    Thanks everyone...Im starting to feel a little better. I appreciate the support. Im leaving for work in about an hour so I'll keep everyone updated on how tonight goes. Hopefully better. Thanks again
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    LPN....I'm still a nurse, right??

    Thanks, I appreciate your encouraging words, really I do.
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