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djh123 has 5 years experience and specializes in LTC, Rehab.

Was a programmer/analyst for a long time, got my BSN at 54.

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    The ridiculousness of LTC/SNF

    I like the 'verbal colonoscopy' term...
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    "Observing" my peers

    That's a tough situation, and I don't envy you. But on a lighter note, it reminds me of Davey's Waaaaaambulance thread, and a few current and former nurses in my current job. We were talking about one the other day. I like and respect her, but as another nurse says, she's pretty "Waaah".
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    Flyin' high in April, Shot down in May

    That's what the people say...
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    Got Stress? Eat These Foods to Lower Your Stress Levels

    Man, you beat me to it - I was going to say that crazy as it might seem, combining malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and letting it ferment a while, has been known to help. :^)
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    Are We Too PC?

    To me, the n-word or 'Kamikaze' for a Japanese person is not what the 'PC' topic is all about. Those are just offensive and racist things. To me 'PC' is when you go far beyond that and make a problem out of nothing, such as what another commenter mentioned, 'Don we now our gay apparel', where gay only means 'happy'.
  6. I don't disagree with your advice here, but at the same time, life is full of risks. After my mother passed away and I finally dealt with the house, I took pre-reqs at one school, then applied to an accelerated program at another school, which (to me) inexplicably didn't take me (I had good grades in pre-reqs, among other things). Then somewhat on a whim, I moved back to NM, where my ex and I had lived (but in another town), where I knew no one, rented a place that was larger and more expensive than I wanted to pay - so I was definitely in a 'sink or swim' situation. Didn't really want to go back to my previous career. Thought about quitting nursing school in 3 of the 4 semesters. Had a bumpy road finding my first job. But now, with almost 6 years experience and a decent job, and thinking about things like travel nursing, I think 'hmmmm, those late nights studying WERE worth it'. But as we're all saying, I can only speak for myself.
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    Are We Too PC?

    Oh my ... and I was only kidding about that, Old Dude.
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    Are We Too PC?

    Yes. I'd have to look up the lyrics to 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' to see what I think exactly, but without having done that, it seems like a bit much. What about the - what is it called? - micro-sensitivities, or something like that, on college campuses these days? Seems way overblown to me. Everyone is walking around with a chip on their shoulder the size of a boulder. My joke to myself, after hearing about the 'Baby...' banning is that next some misunderstanding idiot will complain that "White Christmas" should be banned...
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    Flyin' high in April, Shot down in May

    We've all done it, bro ... glad it wasn't anything super-significant. Speaking of - and I always add this qualifier before I say anything negative about nurses I'm working with, and that is "I'm not perfect either", but on my last couple of work days, on 2 different units - therefore 2 different med carts - I found numerous instances of dc'd meds still in the cart, completed antibiotics (like 1-2 left on a card) still in the cart, and two different strengths of meds for the same patient still in the cart. Oh, and duplicate orders still in the system. Atb orders without a stop date in the system. Need I go on? I probably spent 30-45 minutes each one of those days just fixing stuff. And they wonder why I'm there late...
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    Unsafe staffing with 4:1 ICU ratios 8:1 on floor.

    I hope it gets better or you get out of there. On occasion at my previous job (LTC/rehab) I'd have 2 units - 50-ish people - for 4 hours sometimes, sometimes longer. I'd always have a med tech in those situations, but still, it was just ridiculous. I could only do the highest-priority stuff and deal with any emergencies that came up.
  11. Yep. You're a spring chicken. I got my BSN at 54. Go for it! Actually, I'm editing this because I see all of those 'don't do it' comments. Everyone is different. Only you can decide, obviously. For me, even though I'm only going to do this for a maximum of 10-12 years (and probably a bit less), I'm still glad I did it.
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    Holiday Bonus

    In my workplace, we'd probably need to use those 'points' to buy supplies. :^)
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    Profanity in the workplace

    Partly because I've been through a great deal in the past 15+ years, I cuss more than I used to, but I don't do it a huge amount, and not much at work. But there are a few CNA's at work that cuss like Marines. And a LPN - whom I like and respect - and I were working on getting an IV in a quite elderly patient a while back, and she (the LPN) was cussing quite a bit in a low voice because she was having difficulty with it. A little voice in my head was saying '____, don't do that - she's going to get mad', and right after that, the patient angrily said she didn't appreciate that in front of her. My co-worker stopped doing it, but she did it again in front of another patient.
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    How do you take blood pressures for 90 people?

    Stupid question, I guess, but you don't have aides to do any of that?
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    Deciding on CEUs

    I do a mix of things that are relevant to the patients I see and other topics that I'm just interested in, or apply to my own health.
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    Holiday Bonus

    Hey, that jives with my guess for my workplace. :^) Of course, there may be McDonald's $5 gift certificates, y'know...