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    "LPNs are glorified CNAs"

    People with the least amount of knowledge on a particular subject often seem to be the most eager to reveal their lack of knowledge. I have a medical assistant cousin who frequently proves this in regard to her assertions re: LPNs. Apparently, I’m no...
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    Save yourself; get out of medicine.

    I’m in the nursing profession, not the medical profession.
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    Best LVN position for experience while in R.N. program?

    It depends on what you want to do as a RN. Urgent care LVN experience will look better on a resume for the ER, experience in outpatient surgery will look better on a resume for a clinic. I don’t think one is overall better than the other when it come...
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    I have not worked as a nurse since graduation.

    I would imagine most employers will simply view you as a nw grad nurse, which in a way you still are because you have zero experience. I don’t see why you wouldn’t be considered for an entry-level position any other new LPN would be considered for. T...
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    LIES About LPN's and LVN's

    If you want to be disheartened, go read the Yahoo! comments section on the story about the nurse who impregnated the nursing home resident. It’s unbelievable how many commentators are “correcting” the article by saying the culprit is “a LPN, not a nu...
  6. Reserving judgement. we have all had patient who, through tolerance, are on very high doses of opioids. What constitutes as a “potentially fatal” dose for one person may be routine for another.
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    LTC nurses: Can I hear from you, please?

    A few off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts: the assumption that nursing home nurses make less than hospital nurses is false. In fact, since nursing homes have a harder time attracting nurses, they often offer high wages as an incentive. a mistake I see ne...
  8. Massive patient loads mixed with high turnover rate can go a long way to explain how no one noticed. I work in a 200 bed facility, alternating between six halls. And, at two years, I am already one of the highest senior nurses. I can see myself missi...
  9. It has been my experience that a every 90 day assessment by a physician is the minimum requirement in LTC.
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    Don't Say The "Q" word!

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    Wearing a beard as a male nurse?

    Honestly, I'm quite glad that the cultural pendulum is swinging in a direction where no one bats an eye at beards and tatoos. It was always a stupid "rule" that they made one look less professional. And, really, it's more uncommon for a guy *not* to ...
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    For Adult Male Nurses Only

    As opposed to all those child male nurses......
  13. Of course it's legal. But I would laugh *so* hard at the ridiculous human being who tried to tell me that I was expected to clean a room after a death or discharge.
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    What, you mean the half-assed pizza parties and five dollar gas cards didn't work??
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    LTC nurses...

    It has been my experience that the staff members in nursing homes who work all shift without so much as a 15 min break is definetly *not* the CNAs. The ones working without breaks and staying over for hours tend to be the licensed nurses...... just s...
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    LTC nurses...

    Not having time to do a lot of direct care doesn't automatically make a LTC nurse "lazy". If I spend half my shift answering call lights and toileting people I won't get out until four hours after my shift was supposed to end. There's a reason nursin...
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    Writing Bad Orders

    Nope, if the lasix dose really needs to be changed, then the MD needs to change the dose or order a one-time dose with each daily weight as he sees fit. Each time. PRN lasix sounds like a bad idea in an acute setting and a terrible idea in LTC. What'...
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    Why white? No one likes white..... I do like color coded scrubs based on role, though. Where I work nurses wear steel-grey and aids wear burgundy. Visitors and family never, ever, seem to pick up on it, though. No matter if they visit every day for y...
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    Can a LVN be a charge nurse

    This. In my experience all floor nurses, LPN or RN, are "charge nurses" by default. Given that you're the only nurse down your assigned hall/unit/whatever for the shift.... what else would you be? I find the people who balk at the idea of LPNs and/o...
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    Interesting ward combinations

    Despite their best efforts to keep them in different halls, subacute rehab and old-school LTC *always* get mixed together in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Usually an undesirable situation for the rehabers.
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    Who cleans the poo?

    There's no earthly reason a housekeeper cannot clean up poo off the floor/toilet/whatever. Or even blood. They can be trained to don PPE just as easily as a nurse aide/tech can. No nursing license or CNA certification necessary.
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    Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.

    Maybe western Michigan has higher wages/cost of living than the part of the Midwest you're from? Admittedly, I'm just guessing as to what RNs make around here, as I'm not a RN. Here, a new grad LPN will make over $20/hr and a LPN with three years exp...
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    I Don't Have Leprosy- Why Can't I Get a Job?

    Ageism is alive and well. What I don't understand is why employers pass on people in their fifties. They could potentially work a good 10 years before retirement. How many of those 20-something's do employers seriously think will be there 10 years fr...
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    LPN license question...

    According to the Florida BON website: Applicants are eligible for licensure by endorsement when they hold a valid license to practice professional or practical nursing in another state or territory of the United States So it would appear you do not ...
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    Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.

    Oh, I don't know, New grad RNs make close to $30 here in the Midwest. And I've always been under the impression that the Midwest is smack dab in the middle of what average wages and COL is in the US.