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    What's in your bag (and/or car) -- the PDN version!

    In my car I have an extra pair of scrubs and socks, sweater, blanket, phone charger, a couple boxes of non-perishable food/snacks like Easy Mac (good in a pinch if I have to stay late), bottled water, toilet paper, paper towels, Clorox wipes, box of gloves, alcohol pads, disposable chux, a few syringes, manual BP cuff, economy sized bottles of ibuprofen and Pepcid... and probably some other things I can't think of. Into the home I bring my backpack which holds my laptop, a couple textbooks and notebooks, stethoscope, various pens/highlighters, lotion, hand sanitizer, chapstick, phone charger, and wallet. Also my lunchbox.
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    Roaches ON the patient

    Also kudos to you for even sticking it out at your shift. I can handle a lot of things with a straight face, but roaches is the one thing that gets to me (shivers)
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    Roaches ON the patient

    I've only been in PDN for 6 months but OMG, I think I would do everything possible to rectify that situation, including calling CPS. That's not just dirty but completely unsafe and even life-threatening for the child.
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    opinions please?

    Also if the state audits her agency's files and finds her BLS out of date, the agency AND the nurse will get fined. Wouldn't want to risk that.
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    opinions please?

    Ain't that the truth! Not that I'd try to get away with it anyway. Like eeffoc said, I take pride in keeping my certs up to date.
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    Philly hospitals still hiring LPN's???

    I'm fairly certain Holy Redeemer Hospital still hires LPNs.
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    Identification tag

    My agency doesn't have them. I feel weird about not having one on initial visits, because really, how do they know I am who I say I am? For this reason I carry the wallet size version of my RN license in my wallet, just in case.
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    LTC job and schoolwork

    These replies have been really helpful. Thanks for the insight!
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    That's absolutely ridiculous you can't even read a book. I would have to ask for a different case... 10 hours of doing nothing is absolute torture! I like 4give's idea of explaining to the mom of why you can't continue. It gives her a chance to reconsider her views (even though it sounds like she probably won't).
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    PDN and snow: how do they treat you?

    I'm near Philly and just drove home in about 10 inches of snow. I'm fortunate that both of my patients are within a 10 minute drive of my house. Even still, the families are very concerned about me - offering their guest bedroom if I don't want to drive home and asking me to text them to let them know I made it home safely. I cleared off the patient's family car this morning as well as my own since they are an older couple.
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    Is Netflix your BFF? What do you watch?

    Just started watching Nurse Jackie and The Walking Dead. Nurse Jackie is great because they're only 30 minute episodes so I can actually make it through one without having to pause.
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    LTC job and schoolwork

    That's really helpful, thank you! That's what I figured, more or less.
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    LTC job and schoolwork

    I definitely don't expect it, I was just wondering how it compares since I need to keep school in mind with regards to my decision. I wont have much time at all of my own to study with this new job so I'm just weighing my options.
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    LTC job and schoolwork

    I'm having a bit of a dilemma. I currently work 3rd shift full time as a private duty RN. I was just offered a job at a nursing home on what they equate to a med-surg floor. I'm a relatively new RN (been working for 6 months) so at first I was excited about the opportunity to increase my nursing skills... but now I'm concerned about how much (if any) time I'll have to do homework/study. As you can imagine I have plenty of free time working overnight in my current position and have more than enough time to get work done. I always hear LTC is extremely busy and hectic, even during 3rd shift. I know the nurse to patient ratio at this facility is 1:25 (give or take)... which is horrifying to me... but again, I realize that is the norm. Is it ridiculous to think I'll get any study time at this new job? I'm going to school full time to get my BSN and I should be done in December. Also... my ultimate goal is to land a job in the ICU, so any advice regarding the pros/cons of working in LTC vs. private duty would be great as well. Thanks for your help!
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    Anyone accepted to Roxborough Memorial SON?

    I felt like admission to Roxborough was less competitive than other nursing schools but that's hard to say objectively, especially since Rox was the only school to which I applied. They do take into account other things besides your GPA, for instance they have you write an essay and they interview you...which was something I really liked. In the interview they get to know you as a person and you can explain your academic background. I had a 3.2 GPA and a few repeated classes going into Rox which might not have gotten me into other schools. During my interview (which was just a sit down with Patti, very casual) I was able to explain the hardships I was going through and show how I repeated those classes to get the grades I was determined to get. As far as the TEAS, I think that's something they decide on a case by case basis. I did not have to take it but other students who had lower GPAs did. College algebra does not include statistics. Hope that helps.
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    Ideas for small gift(s) for unit staff?

    We always brought our units fruit and veggie trays. The nurses really appreciated something healthy!