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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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    New Grad Age 60 Can't Land a Job

    At least 2 people have said that ageism is 'alive and well' - having possibly been victim of it myself when trying to look for my first nursing job, I'd say it's 'alive and stupid'. I'd recommend that you try some 'alternative' jobs as others have mentioned, plus a few of my own - corrections, LTC, psych hospital... scour information and lists on all types of nursing. I also recommend that you minimize previous job experience and don't put dates, which can reveal your age (range, at least) instantly rather than waiting 'til they interview you. I have my previous degree on my resume but removed the dates. I describe my previous career in a short paragraph but again, list no dates. Dye your hair and/or get some microdermabrasion done if you think you need to. Seriously... I just don't know what else to recommend. But lastly, I want to say that I DID get over that initial pain-in-the-*** period of looking for a job, and now I'm 60 myself, with 5.5 years experience, and I have lots of options. So yes, don't give up, perhaps be more creative on the job search, go for it, and good luck.
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    Please Give ME any Good Reason to Stay in the Nursing Field

    You've got to come up with your own reasons. They're probably often similar, but sometimes not, for nurses. Both in nursing school and while actually working as a nurse, I've had to think about & adjust my reasons.
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    Hot Cheetos are a public health menace

    Well I didn't know it was official, geez ... but as I said, I love green and red, and have lived in NM twice for a total of 13+ years, so I know my chile pretty much. And yes, it would be great in cornbread ... I've put jalapeno slices in cornbread, but not green chile yet. I agree, though - you can put it in or on just about anything.
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    Hot Cheetos are a public health menace

    I'd say 'unbelievable!', but where I live - let me tell you first, that as a local radio station jokes, the Official Question of New Mexico is "Red or green?" (chile - on enchiladas, breakfast burritos, and lots of other things) - a local place is actually selling a green chile shake right now. I love green chile, but in a shake? No.
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    Hot Cheetos are a public health menace

    SPICY. I live in southern NM and 'Flamin' Hot Cheetos' are VERY popular here. I heard of a similar story - I'm almost wondering if this is becoming an 'urban legend' or whether it's just happening often :^) ... but what I heard was that a young woman was in a local hospital with abd pains, vomiting 'red stuff' they were going to test for blood, and - yep, it was mass quantities of hot Cheetos, and not only that, she had some in the room with her. Not puttin' 2-and-2 together here...
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    Thinking about quitting after first day

    "My DON spent 5 of it calling my phone, texting me, threatening me on how this would require disciplinary action and how it showed how unreliable I am. Despite everything I had done, all the shifts I had filled..... she wrote me up for calling out. Said my "call out was not accepted" and it was a no call no show." This person has No. Grasp. Of. Reality. :^) Given just HOW reliable, overworked, etc. you were before this one time of calling off.
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    I'm extremely slow at passing medications

    You'll get faster, as others have said. 24 is a lot without a med tech, though. And watch out re: there 'only' being 14 on the rehab unit - that might help re: passing meds, but they're likely higher acuity over there too.
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    Where were you...9/11

    At a contract programming job in Dallas. Came out of the bathroom and another programmer said 'Did you hear? A plane hit into the World Trade Center in New York!'. Because of course none of us would've imagined what happened, I thought it was probably someone in a Cessna who was crazy, disoriented, drunk ... but of course I found out shortly later what actually happened.
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    Will it get better??

    You're not a failure. You're new, you're not being given enough help (you should have 3 CNA's instead of 2, and I don't know what a TMA is that you mention), you didn't get enough orientation (neither did I in my first job)... but I get it re: you feeling like you're not doing enough for your residents.
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    LTC nurses...

    I know there are some like those you describe, but when I worked at a LTC/Rehab I worked my *** off. Rarely sitting, no smoke breaks (besides the fact that that would kill me at this point), and gave patients the most/best care I could give 'em given time constraints and patient load.
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    Totally Off Topic...apple recipes?

    Check out allrecipes.com. I've got a bunch of great cookbooks, and I need to get back to them, but for the last few years I've been kind of addicted to allrecipes. Sometimes I'll look at 2-3 similar ones and pick and choose ingredients, but at least I do get a lot of ideas from there.
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    First time fired by family

    I feel for ya. It happens to all of us. I have almost too-happy patients and family members sometimes, and rarely have angry/unhappy ones, but once in a while it doesn't matter WHAT you do, you're bad/wrong/incompetent/? in their eyes.
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    Are nurses and doctors equal?

    They're not equal in terms of education and pay. I view myself as a bit of a subordinate to doctors - and NP's - yet I also think they should treat us with respect. Many do, some don't.
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    Old nurse won't retire

    I'm not spring chicken myself. But your story makes me a little sad for her. Not just that she's not pulling her weight at work, but that she seems to not have enough (or any?) passions at home. I've seen/heard this over and over during my life. I've been the opposite - I have too many other things I'd like to do, yet I haven't devoted enough time to any of them. But anyway, I wish I had something good to say regarding her. We had a nurse who was even older at my previous job, and I think she was still doing an ok job. It's not just the age, it's the physical condition, dexterity, energy level, mental agility...
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    7 Writing Tips for Nursing Students

    Here's some other writing tips that will put you ahead of - I don't want to guess what percentage, but I'd say a large percent - of other people out there. Learn these basic things that somehow either aren't being taught or aren't being remembered: your vs you're - your is belonging to someone or something, like your dog, your house, your friend. 'you're' is a contraction - that means you're shortening two words into one - you're shortening 'you are' into 'you're'. Example 'you're going to pick up dinner tonight, right?'. it's vs its - its is a belonging to of sorts too, like 'the dog was chasing its own tail', or 'the car broke down due to a failure in its electrical system'. Once again, it's is a contraction - a shortening of 'it is'. Example 'It's going to be a hot day today'. And since I mentioned 'too' above - I see people constantly typing 'to' when they mean 'too'. 'To' is what I call a 'connector' (I'm not an English teacher). Use it like "I'm going to the park", "We're going to a movie". 'Too' is a comparison - it's too hot, that's too bag, it's too far. They're/their/there - they're is a contraction of 'they are' - 'they're going to California next week'. Their is an ownership type of thing - Their house is for sale. Their dog is sick. There is usually used instead of a place. "Yeah, he went there last month". Then again, it's been used as a consoling word - "There, there, you'll get over it". Commas - I don't want to give a ton of examples, and what I'm about to say doesn't *always* fit or work, but generally it does. A lot of people seem to 'salt and pepper' a sentence or paragraph with commas, or at the other extreme, type long run-on sentences with few commas at all. Generally speaking, use them like this: if you were saying whatever you're writing out loud, and you'd pause just a little bit, put a comma there. Oh, and 'supposably'? That's not a word, yet I hear people say it all the time. It's supposEDLY. And 'I could care less', as has been covered in this forum, should be 'I couldn't care less', because you're really trying to tell us that you don't care at all about whatever it is. I could go on - but if you get the above nailed down, you'll be ahead of a lot of people and their writing.