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boulergirl has 4 years experience as a CNA.

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  1. boulergirl

    Am I too old to become a nurse?

    Well, I'm considering nursing school as an option myself and I'm 42. Part of me thinks this path is insane, given all the obstacles I would have to overcome. But I did get accepted into nursing school 20+ years ago. Maybe I can do it again! OP, it sounds like you're in good shape to move forward on this. You're healthy, your grades sound excellent. Yes, as we get older our bodies slow down. But I've met women (including a nurse) in their 70's and 80's who could literally run circles around me. Good luck!
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    Introducing #SilentNoMore

    In early 2006 I was sucker-punched by a resident in assisted living. He had recently moved into our facility from another country and spoke no English. He had dementia and a past history of violent behavior. Our managers figured the Spanish-speaking staff could translate for him on whatever shift we were on. At the time there were none for overnight shift and the first night he was there he pinned my coworker into a corner and tried to break her wrists. That night we had to call 911 because he was combative and trying to attack us both. Again, managers were clueless. Thought we should hide all night from him. One day (by this time I had moved to day shift) I was assisting him in the bathroom, and he just looked at me--and his fist FLEW. Popped my lip open. I reported this to management, filed a report and went to the ER (because it was a Sunday and the only place accepting Worker's Comp at the time. Doctor's offices were closed.) The ER staff called it an "occupational hazard" rather casually and patched me up. Lucky for me my teeth were intact. I went home and my employer picked up the ER tab. The executive director visited him the next week in his room and concluded that "you can't read him". He could stare at you with blank eyes and then knock you out. He actually became afraid of him that day. Shortly after this, the resident was evicted and his family was ticked off. But by this time, he had punched several other staff members before me. The others didn't bother reporting it because who cares, right? But I wasn't about to take it. (Even one of the Spanish-speaking caregivers, who blamed us because "you don't speak his language" got boxed in the ear by him after she said that.) I hope I haven't shared too much information here, but this happens in assisted living, too. I don't work in one anymore, but need to make people aware that this happens.
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    I will not wear an apron or fanny pack...

    Totally agree. My boss just ordered these little black aprons for us to wear. So now we're all wearing gray or red polo shirts with khaki pants, and the apron. We all look like country cafe waitresses. "What'll it be, hun?" :barf01: :sofahider
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    Fear Factor, Nurse Style, Five Stunts... lol

    Have any of you seen the episode of ER where Dr. Carter tries to insert an NG tube and gets splashed with GI bleed? Ewwwww.........
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    *rant* "Nurse" at office answering questions.

    I get uncomfortable, as a nursing assistant, when people refer to me as a nurse. I don't want that kind of liability when I don't have that level of expertise. I've even had a patient call me Doctor. Uh, just because I can take vital signs doesn't make me a doctor! My sister refers to her MIL as a nurse even though she's an MA. There does seem to be a widespread confusion in the public arena about what the difference is between the two. Last night one of my coworkers (who is an MA at her other job) lectured me about how important it is for me as a NURSE to take accurate vital signs. Uh, I'm NOT A NURSE! I'm tempted to correct these people, but they would probably get irritated and say "Whatever".
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    Medication Aides

    this is an assisted-living facility i work in, but it's in georgia. the med aides don't order new meds for the residents--the doctor does. however, if a resident falls or has a uti or something, the med aide has to contact the doctor and ask them if the resident should be prescribed an antibiotic. i'm assuming that these orders have to be cleared with the facility nurse (our boss). these new guidelines, btw, are courtesy of the new company (which is based in oregon, thousands of miles away).
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    Medication Aides

    I recently resigned from my med tech duties, just in time for the new company we work for to buy out our building. Anyway, the new company has four days' training for the new med techs (now they're "med aides") BUT they have so much responsibility that I cannot imagine being in their shoes. It was one thing to pass pills and be shift supervisor, but now the med aides are drowning in paperwork and don't even time to take a break anymore. (Now one med aide passes meds for the whole building--that's about 50 people--on each shift.) They have alert charting, skin care charting, progress notes, pharmacy orders, vital sign charting, etc., then there's the faxes they have to send to pharmacy, to the doctor asking about this or that resident's medication, oh and did I forget to mention that we're on a first-name basis on the guy who delivers our meds EVERY NIGHT? (and sometimes more than once a night). That new doctor must really love pumping our residents full of meds. Needless to say, the med aides are burning out and the raise they were promised four months ago has not happened, but the promised increase in workload and job stress, has. Now that the med aides are virtually working as staff nurses, they're beginning to wonder what our boss has to do.
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    Nasty medical students

    As I read this thread I couldn't help but think of an ER episode ("Dr. Carter, I Presume") in which Carter is a new doctor scheduled to work for two days straight--that's 5 AM one morning until at least 7 PM the next night. The nurses make a note of his "uppity" attitude that day and one of them (Haleh) takes on the challenge of giving him some much-needed "midnight potty training". At 3 in the morning, she pesters Carter every five or ten minutes while he's on-call and trying to sleep. She keeps waking him up to ask if Patient X can have toast, or if Patient Y can get a Tylenol? Two Tylenols ok? Carter asks her if it's always this way when someone's trying to get a little sleep. Her answer was classic: "I wouldn't know, Doctor. Nurses aren't allowed to sleep on shift." Later the nurses keep paging him to the ER and telling him it must have been a mistake. By dawn, the new doc has bought the nurses complimentary doughnuts and is very gracious to them. :rotfl:
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    Is anyone near or in the path of Katrina?

    Last night was pretty scary for me. I was driving home to White County, GA and a tornado warning was issued while I was on the interstate. There was horizontal rain (remember the movie "Twister"?) and I white-knuckled it to the nearest gas station. I just made it there when the lights went out (stoplights, too). Just down the road a man got stuck between two trees. From reports I've heard this morning, and the pine debris I saw in the road, the tornado probably touched down near our home and then went up and touched down again in Helen, GA. That town is closed to the public right now. It gives me the willies to think that I was driving under a hidden funnel cloud! This week my parents are vacationing in Texas and planned to visit our relatives on the Gulf Coast in the next few days. I think those plans most likely have changed...I'll try to get word from them this week.
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    Judgements about big families

    I would love to see my mom's response to anyone who tells her that it is selfish to bring five children into the world. She does an exceptional job raising and homeschooling the youngest three (I'm the oldest at 27 and have a grown sister with 4 children of her own.) Mom is very frugal and loves a good bargain, so those at home are well-cared for and Mom has the ability to help those in need as well (such as my sister and her family when hubby was unable to work due to a back injury). And she does this on one income. She gives and gives to her family and friends...anyone would be hard-pressed to call her selfish. Mom's gotten her share of comments from people, too, but of a different nature. "Wow, you have grown children, too? That's great! Built-in babysitters!" "You don't look old enough to be a grandma! Those are your grandkids?" "Are you sisters?...You're not? She's your daughter? Whoa!"
  11. One of my co-workers told me a couple of stories that would curl your hair. #1: Two gay men got stuck together during the act. A sheet had to be thrown over them because, well, they couldn't get clothes on. Turns out the guy on top needed three shots to help him release, and the other guy--read carefully--was a WELL-KNOWN PREACHER. The story, from what I was told, became news all over the state of Ohio. #2: A woman suspected her husband of having a gay affair. She tried to catch her husband with the other guy. So she took a curling iron and got it really hot. Then she entered her bedroom, caught her husband in there, and sent the iron up his backside. To this day he wears a colostomy bag and a Foley, and has permanent kidney damage. (The couple was well-known in the community and very well-off. Despite their desire to leave their reputation untarnished, the story got out anyway.)
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    "Granny-Dumping" in Psyche Unit

    A while back my boss had one of our residents admitted to the ER at a local hospital in order to get her a psych evaluation. She had been very disruptive on the Alzheimer's wing (and my boss had recently been attacked by a male resident), so she panicked and had her sent out. I was given orders not to allow the hospital to send her back to us until she had been thoroughly evaluated. That night I got a call from the hospital saying that the resident was not observed to be a threat to herself or others and was talking with the staff, so she was coming back. I called my boss, who said she wanted them to keep her until she'd been through a complete psych evalution. (There is a hospital in the area that does the type of evaluation--7 to 10 days--that she was looking for. Why didn't she send her there?) So I ended up talking to the charge nurse and then the doctor, who threatened us with a COBRA violation if we didn't take her back. (I'm a nurse's aide and don't know what that means. MY boss is an LPN.) I called my boss about this and she said, "NO!! They can't do that!" So I let her hash it out with the hospital, her boss, corporate office, whoever--this was her decision, her battle, and I didn't want to be caught in the middle of it. That night, the resident went to her daughter's house (and I think there was a court order prohibiting this). Believe me, it was no fun being threatened over the phone by a doctor and not knowing what to say to them. I hope I'm never forced into a similar situation again. BTW, she's back with us now and is doing fine.
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    It's a Hospital, Not a Hotel (Gripe)

    It gets even better...I just read in Reader's Digest that some hospitals will start providing people to do manicures and other luxury services during their stay. (What are you willing to bet that eventually nurses will be expected to provide these services themselves because it's too expensive to hire someone?)
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    It's a Hospital, Not a Hotel (Gripe)

    When I was a volunteer working in the hospital, I learned more from working in the pharmacy and the central supply unit than I did in the nursing units. On the nursing floors all I could do was fill ice pitchers, check the fax machines and organize the kitchen pantry. BORING. I would have enjoyed organizing the patient records at the nurses' station but I knew they wouldn't let me do it. I tried to teach myself how to program the bar code machine in Central Supply so I could make more labels when I ran out. Unfortunately, it's easier said than done. Ah well.
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    why are cna's treated like they are stupid and replaceable?

    That LTC scheduler obviously has a very low opinion of CNAs. And I agree about requiring quality in exchange for a lower patient/CNA ratio. When I worked in the nursing homes we didn't have time to comb people's hair and make them look nice--it was rush, rush, rush, just get them changed, dressed and get them to the dining room so we can hurry up and get them all fed. In assisted living the pace is slower so we have more time to do a thorough job. It's a good thing too: We just lost the budget for an activities director in the Alzheimer wing so we caregivers are expected to do all the acitivities with the residents--and the guy in charge of the Activities Department makes sure that we're following the schedule. It's just as well. I don't like sitting around with nothing to do for very long. :rotfl:
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    My mom does not want me to become a nurse

    Several years ago, Mom discouraged me from being a nurse (AFTER I got my acceptance letter--go figure). She told me that she expects certain qualities in a nurse that's taking care of her and I did not appear to have those qualities. So I gave up my spot in the program before even starting it. Now I don't have the desire to be a nurse after being an aide for five years and watching boss after boss burn out from stress. So at least maybe I made a wise decision there. Not to mention that I don't handle stress well. I remind people of Lydia from "The Steve Harvey Show". My sister suggested to Mom that I might do well in theatre, due to the fact that I have some natural talent in that area (singing/writing/acting/drawing). However, Mom was concerned that I would not be able to find good-paying, steady work and that the theatre environment might be a bad influence on me. She told my sister that she thought I should start a cleaning business, and my sister just laughed. I cringed a bit when Mom suggested the option to me (I already clean up after people for a living as a nurse's aide!) My self-esteem and self-confidence have been thoroughly crapped on the last few years, and officially becoming the "cleaning lady" would shoot them to you-know-where. If I were you, I would keep Mom's opinion in mind but do the research for yourself. Would YOU like this career and do well in it? Look at your natural abilities and interests to see how they fit into this.