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  1. DarylinOntario

    nurse/patient ratio?

    I wonder if, with the information collected by the MDS-RAI, that they will be able to assess the acuity and staff appropriately ?
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    nurse/patient ratio?

    My last facility had me responsible for about 44 residents on a 12 hour day shift. Three med passes, three meals, all tx and any extra prn meds/vitals as well as charting. Also expected to help feed at 2 meals(lunch&supper). Includes any new skin tear drsg and charting of risk mngmt, falls with HIR, etc. Unbelievable. They fired me "without malice" as I just wasn't fitting in or fast enough but they said "I tried". d'ya think? I was going to quit soon anyhow I think due to the stress. Impossible to complete the work under compliance.
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    Any other LPN's find LTC too much to deal with?

    Thanks for the support AmberLynn :heartbeat I tried AL once, not a great experience as I missed a lot of the "structure" in LTC, the same thing I'm c/o now!! lol Maybe the staff was just sloppy at this other place. And they had me doing kitchen work, mopping floors etc on nights. Is that normal? I like clerical work and saw a dream job in MD office but it was an hour's drive away and I live in the snow belt so wouldn't work. But I'll keep looking. I'll probably have to move and sell my house as I live in a rural area and not too many options here. Bedside nursing just feels too scary and gets my anxiety level up way to high just thinking about it. Self esteem not a strong point right now. The job has outpaced me, only 7 yrs MAX to retirement age. Sad because someone (a nurse) is going to be sacrificed when someone dies because of patient load and other things out of our control. Things just arent safe in LTC anymore.
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    Any other LPN's find LTC too much to deal with?

    I'm a middle aged RPN who came back into nursing after a very long absence. Since then I've worked 6+ years in LTC in Ontario. Over those years the demands on Reg Staff have increased dramatically here. Esp with the intro of the RAI-MDS system. My last job was in a facility of 100 residents. The day RPN was responsible for the med passes and Tx for around 40 over an 8hr shift. The acuity wasn't too bad there, no trachs, only 1 g-tube. I was just "terminated" from my new LTC job after 6 wks for "not fitting in" and being too slow. (!?) They had 12hr shifts and I found that 3 meals and 3 med passes w/Tx was just too much. Took way to long (for me anyway). I have always wondered how some nurses got to go home on time while I was always staying late. Apparently I have time management issues. Guess if I just shoved the crushed meds into mouths without given a drink like some, then I could have cut 30min from my pass! I'm a good nurse, but that takes time. Time that we aren't afforded, esp in LTC. Impossible to be compliant and wears on the self esteem. No room anymore for someone who wants to do it right. Think I'll get out of nursing alltogether.
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