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  1. I use the pink bullets of sodium chloride to suction the trach now. However, it seems we are always low on these sodium chloride bullet supplies and the company won't send more supplies until the due date. Mom won't pay out of pocket for any supplies. I was just curious if I could use distilled water if we were completely out of supplies? I was thinking I could keep a bottle of distilled water if possible in my car to use in case of no supplies. Thanks.
  2. I talked to a 60 year old CNA last week. She said she had been ill but had recovered. She said that she is a foster parent for a child with medical problems. She said that they pay her to take care of the child. She acted like she was getting well paid for doing this foster care. She said she didn't need to go out and get an outside job anymore. Was she telling the truth? I had thought that foster pay was not good. Thanks
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    Resentment Will Destroy You

    Another great article from TheCommuter. I sure wish I could let go of the strong resentment I feel for my co-workers. I have never met such obnoxious people in my entire life.
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    Suicide Is Not Your Answer

    I am trying to find a new job for this very reason. I am tired of being depressed and wishing I were dead. I would never commit suicide because it is against my religion. But I sure hope I can find something less stressful soon.
  5. Are you allowed to relax and watch TV with your DD child? I am trying my best but 12 hours of constant interaction with this child is wearing me out. Mom says No more TV watching. Mom reminds me everyday that she wants him to have constant interaction with the nurses.
  6. I am curious as to how nursing managers feel about tattoos. I know some people love tattoos and some people hate tattoos. Since nurse managers are in charge of hiring nurses, I am wondering how they feel about tattoos. Thanks:nurse:
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    Nurses Who Have Killed

    I remember many years ago watching a court TV program. A" prison" nurse was accused of killing her husband with a drug overdose of insulin. I remember thinking that maybe he had just accidently given himself too much insulin. However, I changed my mind real quick when I learned that her husband was not even a diabetic!!!!
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    Different Types Of Elder Abuse

    Thanks for sharing this information.
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    Jobs that pay the least in Florida?

    I know here in Florida that the pay is not good. However, when you are job hunting and read the nursing job ads some of them say "We pay competitive rates" So I guess I will start. I saw an ad today that said they are looking for RN's or LPN's to work at Lifesouth Blood Center. They offered a salary of $10-$12 an hour. I saw a new agency for home care offering an LPN $12.50 an hour. (Sorry I forgot the name of the new agency) Maxim home health pay LPN's $15 an hour and RN's $16 an hour. Anyone else, know of other jobs that pay the least in Florida? I figure that at least we can be honest with each other since some of these companies that "offer competitive wages" are not being honest. Thanks.
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    Maxin nsg per diem

    The harrassment doesn't stop even after you have been working with them for awhile . I have a relative who is to be notified for "emergencies only". Those clowns have been calling and bothering him weekly because they call my house and I'm not home. They call my house once and if I'm not home they leave a message. After that one call they immediately then call my relative who lives out of state!!!!! What do they expect? That I spend my days off sitting by my phone in case they call? They also have my work schedule. They also call my relative when it is obvious from my work schedule that I am actually at work. Call me at work you clowns!!!!!
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    remember when....?

    Yes, I was nearly dead by the end of my shifts. I worked as an aide at that facility for about 8 months. I worked as an LPN at that other nursing home facility for about a year. It's making me tired right now just thinking about it.
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    remember when....?

    I remember being a nurse's aide in a 99 bed nursing home. The other aide and I would change incont. patients- most of the 99 patients were incont during the night. It was just 2 aides for 99 patients.:eek: It was exhausting. I remember the 2 LPN charge nurses just sitting around and chatting all night. They rarely ever had any tube feeders at that time. I remember thinking "I am going to be an LPN someday and then I can sit around and relax all night." Of course, by the time I actually became an LPN the rules had changed and it never happened for me. When I became an LPN, I worked night shift and I was the one and only nurse for 99 patients. I had about 15 tube feeders too!!!
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    Best Florida city?

    I like Orlando. It has a lot of fun things to do. However, the heavy traffic in Orlando is too much like the heavy traffic in Los Angeles. It's a great place to visit. But I would not want to live in Orlando. I had a lot of fun in Orlando. I had my most fun at Gatorland!!!!!!! Alligators are truly fascinating.
  14. My patient sure knows how to get attention. He pulls on his trach and trach collar. When he gets really mad, he pulls out the whole trach tube!!! He has not pulled out his whole trach tube on me yet. So far, I have been lucky. Yikes- How do we stop this little guy from pulling out his trach??? He is moderately developmentally disabled. Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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    Kid keeps pulling out his trach!!!!!

    Thanks again. I will ask his Mom tomorrow if it is OK for me to tape them up. We always have scissors nearby so we could cut it off quickly if needed.
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    Kid keeps pulling out his trach!!!!!

    Thanks ventmommy. He wears the Dale 240 Blue tracheostomy tube holders. They are a latex free soft tie. I have never heard of chains as a tube holder. But it sure sounds like a good idea. I mean this kid has got to keep his trach in somehow.
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    A Matter of Respect and Dignity: Bullying in the Nursing Profession

    It all depends on the situation. Are you being bullied? Please tell us your situation and perhaps we can offer you some suggestions.
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    background check

    It depends. One place called me with results after just a few weeks. Another place did not contact me for over 30 days. I would wait until they call you and confirm that everything is OK. After they confirm that it is OK then give your official notice at the other job. Good luck.
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    Nursing Tattoo

    I love it!!!! Yes, your excitement will indeed drop significantly!!!! How true.
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    Nursing Tattoo

    Well excuse me!!!!!!
  21. Hare Krishna's are always vegetarian- no meat, no fish and no eggs. They do not want you to touch their feet. When you touch someone's feet- you are giving that person some of your karma. They don't want your karma.
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    Nursing Tattoo

    How many people regret getting a tattoo? According to the American Society of Dermatological Surgery, over 50% of everyone receiving a tattoo wants it removed.
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    Denied CA lvn license for 2 DUI's

    I would check other states to see if they would accept you. I use to living in Wyoming. One of the good nurses I met who worked agency in Wyoming told me that she had been in prison for murdering her husband. So she had a "felony" on her record and was working as an RN in Wyoming. You may have better luck with the other states.
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    Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

    I gave my 2 weeks notice and picked up my final paycheck. After I picked up my check, I called the state and made an "anonymous call". I told the state that elderly people were being tied up in restraints at a small private home like facility for the elderly. I told the state to arrive at the facility at 9pm and they would see it for themselves. Instead the state told me that they went around at 8pm and that the home care aide admitted that some of the patients were tied up. However, when I asked the state if they actually went into the patients rooms they said no. The state said they didn't turn on the lights because they didn't want to wake up the patients!!!!!!!:eek::mad:. Wouldn't it not had made their case stronger if the state would have walked in to the patients room and examined the patient in restraints themselves!!!!!! Anyway, I later heard that they got a small fine and a warning. The owner of the home accused one of the home care aides of calling the state. This happened years ago.
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    A Matter of Respect and Dignity: Bullying in the Nursing Profession

    Very nice article. I had the experience of dealing with a "bully" just 2 weeks ago. I had to confront her and set her straight within minutes of first meeting her. Now she knows she cannot bully me. The last time I saw her she was nice and polite towards me.