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FashionablyL8 has 15 years experience as a CNA.

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  1. FashionablyL8

    Is it normal to feel this way?

    Normal. A few of my residents get on my last nerve with their behaviors. It's usually the ones who are high functioning, devious and manipulative. I think that as long as annoyance never crosses into actual anger and I don't feel annoyed more often than I enjoy my job, it's all good. I'm blessed to really like my job. It helps to have co-workers that you can vent to/laugh about the more bizarre incidents. I'm sure there are some people who feel that nurses should be saints who adore everyone they take care of. Maybe some of those nurses even exist, but I don't know any and I'm not a nurse yet but I'm confident I'll never be one of them ).
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    Nasal cannulas behind the head

    I work with developmentally delayed adults. Some individuals just can't resist any type of tubing and although we have orders for mitts, they're not secure enough to deter our more determined residents (makes catheters and G-tubes quite an adventure). We never put the tubing for O2 behind their ears. To prevent strangulation, I put the tubing so the connecting part is toward the top of their head instead of behind it, and secure the sliding part where it connects with tape so it can't fit down over their heads.
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    Parent harassing me in clinic

    I agree with the advice to refuse any more "visits" from this woman, file a police report and report this to the DON. The fact that she has CPS involvement and she is expending time and energy on being hostile toward you says that her focus is on retaliation and blaming others, not doing what's best for her child and being reasonable. The fact that she's a nurse and this is how her mind works makes it unlikely that she is fit to provide safe patient care. She might be OK with patients under normal circumstances, but what if one of them sets her off? It seems that she lacks the self control and perspective to be a nurse or a parent at this time. Your contacting the police and BON won't cause her to lose her child or license; her behavior would be the cause. Also, I wouldn't disclose who reported her. If she does something horribly violent to that person after learning who it is, you don't want that on your conscience and it could also bring negative attention to you for telling this woman who the informant was. Good luck- you are also helping to protect this child by not letting this behavior go.
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    Desperately need advice and encouragement

    Fullglass, that is amazing. You're an inspiration to me!!
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    Desperately need advice and encouragement

    Don't let your age stop you. If you have wanted to be a nurse this long, it's not just a passing interest. I'm 50 and finally in nursing school, although I'm going for my LPN because I love bedside care and can do the program while working. It sounds like you will always regret it if you don't do this. Of course it's scary and it will be stressful. Some days I ask myself why I put myself in this situation when life was so easy before... But I know why. It's exhilarating and exciting and rewarding to finally be reaching for a goal after so many years of thinking about it. The fact that you hate your job now is even more incentive. Life is just too short and the workdays (or nights) are too long to stay at a job you're miserable at. Go for it.
  6. Hi Everyone, I'll try to make this brief. I'm in the 2nd month of my LPN program and we are doing our 1st care plan on a case study. I'll try not to only write the important things but here's the basics: Assessment at free health fair. 82yo male, 5'11", 152lbs. Vitals: T 98.3 oral, P 92 strong & regular, BP 168/92, R 14 normal. Skin- pale, dry. Mucous membranes- dry. Appears tired and needs haircut. Hx-high cholesterol, hypertension, cataracts, arthritis. Med Hx- Lipitor, Lopressor, Ibuprofen. Current issues reported- weight loss approx 10lbs, reduced appetite- eats less than 50% of meals, fatigue, insomnia, nocturia, occasional urinary incontinence, slight unsteadiness ambulating (uses cane). Retired warehouse worker, married 60y- wife has increasing dementia. Has not seen MD in years but reports keeping up w/ wife's medical appts. When asked about current meds, fidgets and states,"I'm glad my blood pressure was good at the last health fair, those pills are so expensive." What I came up with is (I have no idea of I can even use this so I appreciate any criticism including "that's all wrong"!): Hypertension, related to knowledge deficit regarding condition and therapeutic regimen, as evidenced by not seeing HCP and not continuing medication. (AEB in my own words- ?) Imbalanced nutrition, less than body requirements, related to ineffective health management OR ineffective coping (wife w/ dementia and obvious concerns over expense of meds as a stress factor). I'm concerned if these are worded and laid out correctly- especially if using my own wording in the AEB is OK. I know I still need to do interventions and goals, but I'm going one step at a time and hoping I'll start getting the hang of it as I go along. But first I need to know if I'm even on the right track. Thanks for any guidance!
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    Nursing instructor question

    I'm in my first semester of nursing school and in this term, we will just be starting our clinicals and doing very limited nursing care with actual patients, which is how it should be since many students have no experience in the field. Therefore, I'm curious how you know that you don't enjoy bedside care. Do you have previous experience? If not, you might just not have liked the awkward feeling of not knowing what you're doing and having someone watching you. Otherwise, I don't really see why you would get into nursing without there being some component of wanting to be an actual nurse. What I respect about my instructors is that they are seasoned nurses. I trust them to teach me because they have seen and done so much, and I learn a lot from hearing about their experiences. There's nothing wrong with not enjoying bedside care. I love it, but also understand it's not for everyone. I do think you should do some soul searching and thinking about this. Maybe looking into some type of medical research or the science field, since learning about nursing interests you? I hope you find what makes you happy. Best of luck!
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    Should, I giveup?

    I don't think you sound stupid at all. The answers you gave were reasonable, especially since it doesn't sound like you were given a lot of background info with the questions. You're a student; you're not supposed to have all the answers. You do sound like you are very hard on yourself and extremely self conscious. Are you absolutely sure that your classmates were laughing at you? Nobody needs to be ridiculed for trying to learn. And if your instructor actually rolled his eyes at your comment/question, he sounds like a jerk. The thing is, there are many unpleasant people that enjoy putting others down. You need to gain the self confidence to rise above it and reassure yourself that you are NOT stupid, you're learning and you don't have to be perfect. I would set up an appt with the counselor at your nursing program- I think every program has one. To succeed in life and especially in a field like nursing, you need to build yourself up, not put yourself down. Good luck- don't let your fear of others' opinions stand in your way.
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    Advice for a new CNA?

    Hi, welcome to the world of healthcare . I just started my first semester of nursing school- my first day was last week actually. However, I've been a CNA/med tech for a while. OK, it will probably take you a while to learn how to be comfortable as a CNA. You will feel like you're really slow and seeing people naked, washing them and changing briefs (never call them diapers!) may seem strange and embarrassing. You'll have to develop a strong stomach for obvious reasons, and develop your poker face- looking like nothing shocks you or grosses you out even if it really does. One thing that your coworkers will appreciate; while you're still training and aren't really able to independently take care of residents, make yourself useful doing things you know how to do. Laundry, trash, cleaning, etc. There's always something you can be doing. Of course you need to be training, but if your coworkers are running around like crazy, try to find something helpful to do. The residents will do some very strange things (actually your co-workers probably will too). Try to remember that there's a reason for every behavior, even bizarre ones. Really use proper body mechanics and don't ever take a chance transferring a resident that might be too heavy or combative for you to handle alone. And follow your facilities rules on Hoyer transfers without exceptions. The same co-workers who tell you to "just go ahead and do it yourself, that's what everyone does", won't be there to help if you get in trouble or a resident gets injured. Speaking of co-workers, there are usually a few mean ones. Ignore them and stick with the ones who are helpful and nice and good workers. Don't get caught up in the drama. Keep calm and concentrate on learning your job- remember everyone was new once. Oh yeah- get decent nursing shoes! Spend the extra $$ and you'll be glad you did. Now that I've written you a book here, good luck in your new CNA job and in nursing school!
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    How often do you wash your scrubs? :)

    I remove my shoes right inside the mudroom door and strip, carry scrubs inside out rolled in a bundle to the laundry and then go immediately to shower. Lol this made me think of the Nurse Jackie episodes when she hugs her kids, has dinner, and has a little interlude with husband- all while wearing her scrubs. Ewww.
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    Ok, heard back from my director. We have to buy the nursing kit from them. All that obsessing for nothing. She's so busy with paperwork, I didn't have the heart to ask her for a list of the contents. Don't wanna annoy her before I even start school . Thanks again for all your replies and advice, everyone!
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    Hey Everyone, Sorry for not replying sooner! Been trying to get everything bought and ready for school like the notebooks, binders, tabs, flash drive- it's been so long since I've been in school and some of this stuff didn't exist when I was. I'm going to email my program director and ask her what is in the kit and if it's mandatory. You all have voiced my exact concerns about whether the quality will require the price of the school kit, and whether it contains specific items needed for lab that I just won't get in another kit and will end up having to buy in bulk. Although, Rionoir, you mentioning how you wasted your IV tubing set did make me think of all the stuff I'm likely to waste- perhaps buying 100 of each wouldn't be a bad idea! Anyway, I'll let you all know what my director says. Meanwhile this is what the $63 kit that I find online has in it. It comes in a black case that looks like an insulated lunch box. I wonder if the quality is good, that is if I can buy my own kit.
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    Nursing Equipment Kit from school- worth it?

    Thanks for your replies, everyone. Geri7404, I agree- the school should have a list of what their kit includes. The kit I saw online even had BF cuffs. I bought my own for my CNA program but it's so old now that the bulb has cracked lol. Time for a new one. I'm going to email the school for more info on the stuff we need. And yes, I read that about the Cardio IV- after I bought it of course! I wanted one so badly since they looked so nice online with all the great features. I hope I do well with it- I'm going to bring it to work and practice listening on my residents, who have a vast array of problems. And if I buy a kit online, I'll have a basic stethoscope to use. Rionoir, I think I might prefer to pick out my own things too. It could be less expensive to get a kit, but how do I know what the quality is like? Cheap nursing equipment just doesn't sound like a great idea. The only problem with me is that I really don't know anything about what I'm buying, so I'm not sure my choices would be the best. Jenn98, as I understood it, the school kit was optional, but I need to make sure. I'm sure we won't be in lab for at least a few days, but I want to be prepared. I'm going to contact them and ask for specifics- is it optional and what's included.
  14. Hi Everyone, Sorry to start another topic but I couldn't find info on this in a search. My school offers nursing equipment kits for $140. They have the basic nursing supplies, most of which I probably know nothing about, but don't include a stethoscope, which I don't need anyway. I already splurged on a Littman Cardio IV- it was previously initialled so it was a good deal. Obviously I'm trying to save $$ and I'm wondering if I would be better off buying my own stuff. I imagine most schools require the same kit. I've found kits for half that price that included a stethoscope, although not a Littman lol. So, do you all think it's worth it to buy it from the school or would I be better off getting my own? If so, anyone have a basic list of must-haves so I know what must be included? I could also buy everything individually... Thanks so much for any advice.
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    Recording Lectures?

    More great ideas- thanks to all of you! That's what I was thinking, that I could listen to the recordings during my drive to work, at home, etc. Might help some of the information really sink in. I just want to do well and I've realized that I need to learn how to study efficiently. I'm also not a really organized person and I know that must change if I'm going to succeed. Luchador, that's awesome- a Bluetooth helmet. My goal after I graduate and get a decent paying job is to buy myself a motorcycle. My husband and son both ride and I want to be on my own bike, not always on the back . Ugh I hope I don't have any really boring instructors, I'll probably fall asleep right in class.
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    Recording Lectures?

    Thanks for all the ideas and info, everyone . Now I know about Anki, the SmartPen and LiveScribe Desktop, and Sonocet audio notetaker. I'm happy to know about different study aids because it's been decades since I've been in school, and when I was, I wasn't much of a scholar. I know that I read quickly and seem to remember what I read, and like to draw how things work, but audio might be very useful as well. I am a rather sloppy notetaker, so I'm thinking that could really help me out. I always learn a lot here!

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