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    Anyone used music as an intervention?

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    Stop the drama

    I have perfected an "Are you kidding me/an idiot?" look whenever someone tries to pull me into the soap opera loving life. They see that I have zero interest in their theatrics and move on to someone who does get off on it.
  3. Thanks for noticing that I use gloves. I realize that your last caretaker did not use them and therefore you are insulted that I use them while providing care on you. So put a lid on it because I am going to continue using gloves.
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    The War On Fat

    As someone who has been on the higher and now lower end of the scale, I empathize with those who battle their weight. What happened to having empathy for those who are considered overweight? Yea, I know being empathetic is not going to help a person get healthier or lose weight but neither will being critical or judgmental. What about educating people about the risk factors of being at an unhealthy weight, teaching them ways to eat healthy that won't hit them in the pocketbook, guiding them on ways to exercise without spending time in the gym. Gym memberships are expensive and that's not an excuse but a fact. If I didn't get a discount at my gym, there's no way I would even be a member there. Having money for gas to get to work vs. spending three weeks worth of pay? I'd choose to pay for gas every time. When did those in the medical field become responsible for being the epitome of health and fitness? Face it, we don't have that much power. I chose to lose weight and exercise because I wanted to and not because I saw what I thought was a healthy medical professional. If my doctor had recommended that I lose weight, I would have shot back with, "Pay for my gym membership and hire Michael Symon (drools!) to come and cook healthy meals for me!" Huh, huh. People change their ways when they are darn good and ready to.
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    My day today...

    How adorable! :redpinkhe I'd take that over being told a million times that I suck because I moved too slowly getting colder ice.
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    Horrible First Day; How to cope?!

    Sounds like you had a great day and that makes me happy. Keep plugging along.
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    what about staff abuse, not patient abuse?

    After the first call from that client to the police, I would have NOT gone back. What happens if one day, charges are pressed against you? No client is worth the hassle. Not to mention the physical abuse. You should call the cops on her.
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    CNA Training Program Costs

    The Red Cross class here runs around $1500. Some of my classmates took it through a work-force program...all expenses paid.
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    Career move to CNA good idea?

    In the words of Dave Hester from Storage Wars, "Yuuuuupppp!"
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    2nd shift CNAs (3-11), what are your routines?

    That is my routine as well...
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    CNA's/PCT's how much do you make?

    Just under $16, no benefits
  12. http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2011/12/07/night-shift-work-linked-diabetes-ways-minimize-risk/ueNdPnV0853QlvehcyEEKM/story.html Night shift work has long been associated with a string of health problems such as sleep disorders and an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. In a new study, Harvard School of Public Health researchers quantified just how much rotating shift work contributes to the risk of diabetes -- which occurs in 1 in 12 American adults -- and it's pretty significant. The study, involving more than 175,000 nurses, found that those who worked night shifts three or more times a month were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes over 20 years compared with people who didn't work night shifts. Those who worked night shifts for one to two years had nearly no increased risk, while those who did them for three to nine years had a 20 percent greater risk of diabetes, with risks continuing to rise with more years of night shift work. Those who worked nights for more than 20 years had a nearly 60 percent greater risk of diabetes, according to the research published in the journal PLoS Medicine. While the new study doesn't prove that night shift work actually causes diabetes, other research has shown that those who come off a night shift tend to have higher insulin levels and higher levels of inflammation -- both involved in diabetes -- possibly due to a disruption in the body's delicate circadian rhythms. These internal body clocks time the release of various hormones to rev us up in the morning and help us wind down at night. Night shift workers also had higher obesity rates, which is an independent risk factor for diabetes. "We found these body weight differences explained 50 percent of variation, while night shift work explained the rest," said study leader An Pan, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. But it's hard to tease one from the other since night shift work, itself, could contribute to obesity by causing sleep deprivation, which increases appetite and leads to overeating. (About one-third of night shift workers reported sleeping fewer than six hours a night compared with one-quarter of those who never worked nights.) "I think rotating shift work tends to lead to an unhappy lifestyle," said Pan, "with more smoking, not a lot of time for physical activity, and inadequate sleep time." That said, Pan acknowledges that some people -- doctors, engineers, and air traffic controllers alike -- must take on night shift work at some point during their careers. Here's what he recommends to minimize risks of night shift work: 1. Make adequate sleep a priority. If you know you have to work a night shift during the week, make sure to get 9 or 10 hours of sleep on the two previous nights. Stocking up on extra sleep can minimize the effects of sleep deprivation. If you work the graveyard shift every night, make a plan to sleep seven to eight hours in a quiet darkened room when you get home in the morning. That may mean calling on family members for support with scheduled errands or carpools. 2. Commit yourself to daily exercise. That will help you maintain a healthy weight over time and will help you sleep better during nights you don't have shift work. 3. Minimize caffeine. Drinking energy drinks or caffeinated coffee to get you through the night shift can take its toll by interfering with your sleep after work. Try to avoid all caffeine within eight hours of your scheduled bedtime.
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    Your pet peeve of the week

    When I am in an isolation room, in the midst of a shower, and someone stands at the door to tell me that a resident needs to be toileted.
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    Reports between nurses and CNAs

    Report is relayed to the oncoming CNAs and nurses by the off going CN at my facility.
  15. We utilize staff who are off that day.
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    What Colored Scrubs Do You Wear?

    Anything goes but we are forbidden to wear all black because they say that that is the color associated with death.