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    Will it get better??

    Will it get better? NO. But it usually doesn't help to find a new nursing home either. Most of the nursing homes are all the same.
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    I wonder if the stress and anxiety about taking the test is what is causing you to fail. I would see about getting some personal psychological counseling to find out why you always get too stressed out about the test. I knew a man at a job who kept failing his test. He kept saying over and over again "I always fail the test. I know I will never pass the test". With that kind of constant negative self talk I can see why he kept failing. It was kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy for him. He believed he would always fail and thus he did always fail.
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    First SNF Job and seeing awful DM care

    In the Florida nursing homes, this is done all of the time. The full time permanent unit staff won't call the doctors to make changes on insulin orders. Instead, the have their own "secret insulin doses" that they give instead. I worked as a "float nurse" and they would always get mad at me for giving the actual dose of insulin that the doctors ordered.
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    Need opinions

    Make an anonymous phone call to his family and tell them what is going on. Unacceptable.
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    On Call

    If you are on-call then you need to be paid for those "on-call hours". My experience with nursing homes is that they don't care if they destroy someone's health by having them work 16 hours a day seven days a week. It's not safe for the patients and they could care less if you get adequate sleep or not. I had begged and pleaded for them to stop calling me for overtime. They never listened. So I stopped answering my phone period. I told friends to leave me a message because I would not be answering my phone anymore period. That's the only thing that worked for me.
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    Retire vs stay current

    I am retired and am not planning to return to nursing. That being said, I am going to keep my nursing license current just in case I would have any kind of unexpected financial emergency.
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    I need a change nursing homes are full of drama

    I found "hospice nursing" at a hospice facility to be much less stressful than nursing homes. Good luck!!!
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    New Grad Nurse in LTC, frustrated and need advice.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of long term care!!! Yes, they are all the same!!!! Yes, I know the truth hurts especially to a new grad. But the Bible says "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free". My last nursing job in long term care was horrific!!! I got out of there in the nick of time. Seriously, if I would have tried to stay any longer I would have had a "nervous breakdown". I just now retired. Best of luck to you. Hope you can survive!!!
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    How much do you make?

    In Florida, some agencies only offer $15 an hour for LPN's. You are lucky if you can find agencies that pay LPN's $18-20 an hour.
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    Just Got Hired But Already Feel Like Quitting

    I have worked in many nursing homes. I had thought that I could just keep trying out different nursing home jobs until I could find a really "good nursing home". I was never able to find a "good nursing home" After many years of "job hopping" I finally had the realization that all of the nursing homes were pretty much the same. Never enough staff. Staff that loves to gossip, always a "toxic work environment" etc etc etc. I finally left nursing homes for good because I couldn't handle the constant stress, constant overtime and toxic work environments anymore.
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    Specialty for introvert?

    Private duty nursing where the family member works full time and isn't constantly breathing down your neck.
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    New Night Nurse in an Assisted Living

    I am thinking that many residents at assisted living are alert, oriented and able to make their own decisions. If I didn't think a resident should be sent out to the ER, I could suggest to the resident other options. That being said, if an alert and oriented resident insists on going out to the ER, then out to the ER they go.
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    Want to Change Locked Unit. What Do I Say?

    My experience has been that nursing management doesn't care about our concerns. They will continue to do as they damn well please They don't care about the opinions of the nurses working the floors. The only thing that happens to nurses that try to improve things is that they get labeled as "trouble-makers" by nursing management.
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    Too many sick patients-never enough staff. Confused residents always trying to crawl out of their beds. Too many falls. Angry family members. Yes, I always felt like a chicken with my head cut off. And yes, I have always found the meanest nurses working at LTC facilities. I recently left LTC for good. I had a choice. I could quit my LTC job or have a "nervous breakdown". I quit my LTC job and am now doing part time private duty nursing. I made the right decision. I have also applied to start receiving early retirement social security benefits.
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    Reporting nurses

    I would not report it. Unprofessional behavior happens all the time in nursing. My guess is that if you reported it, the nurses would deny it and would say that you simply misunderstood the situation. Then the nurses might tell the other nurses about it. They might then label you as a "trouble maker" and may even try to get you fired for reporting it.