Jump to content


Member Member Nurse
  • Joined:
  • Last Visited:
  • 236


  • 0


  • 3,229


  • 0


  • 0


AtHomeNurse has 16 years experience.

AtHomeNurse's Latest Activity

  1. AtHomeNurse

    Texas Children's investigates RN for social media HIPAA violation

    You are allowed opinions sure. However, vaccines and the question of vaccination is not an opinion based argument. It is a fact based argument, and the facts are clear, vaccines are oberwhelmingly safe and effective. There is no evidence to the contrary after decades of research. Anyone who believes that health care should be based on opinions instead of facts doesn't belong in a position to influence its outcome.
  2. Good morning. I have an interview Friday at an area hospital as a CM and wondered if you all have some suggestions for things I could study/brush up on? Background- RN of 18 years, recently completed BSN. I worked for this Hospital as an RN for 12 years (10 inpatient medsurg) and left on good terms. From there I worked in home health for the last 4 (including a specialty role dealing in transitions of care). The interview process lasts 2-3 hours and includes meeting with several directors (UR, QI, case management). What are some things I should brush up on/learn the basics of? I'm thinking Medicare/Medicaid requirements, I have seen job postings mentioning interquel program familiarity as a job requirement, what else?. Thanks!
  3. I read up a lot on cosleeping when my littles were little, we had a side car sleeper, best thing ever. I'm not saying cosleeping can't be done safely, just pointing out that bed sharing is frequently encouraged for easy night nursing even though bed sharing (not cosleeping) cancels out the benefit of breastfeeding in terms of SIDS risk reduction. In other words, why do lactivist organizations encourage bed sharing when it's known to be unsafe? Why do they rely on the scientific evidence on breastfeeding that isn't rock solid to aggressively encourage EBF, but then refuse the epidemiological evidence on the risk of bed sharing. The AAP guidelines/ opinions are used to support breastfeeding, but their opinion and guidelines on bed sharing are ignored. Why? SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2
  4. im a firm supporter of cosleeping, but bed sharing is considered one of the highest risk factors for SIDS, a blog I read said that the risk of bed sharing basically cancelled out any benefits from breast feeding in terms of SIDS risk. Also, pacifier use was shown To have nearly the same effect on reducing SIDS as exclusive breastfeeding, but breastfeeding women are frequently encouraged not to use a pacifier. Why?
  5. im not saying that breastfeeding shouldn't be encouraged, my point is the evidence is not inconclusive enough to warrant the aggressiveness that has become the breast is best movement. Woman are literally so scared of giving their infants formula they are starving them. And there really is not any evidence to support that fear.
  6. Have you seen this one? Breast-feeding Benefits Appear to be Overstated, According to Study of Siblings
  7. But what you are not doing is providing evidence beyond your opinion that formula carries enough health risks that infants should be given pasteurized donated breastmilk above formula. And I'm not going to yell, because quite frankly I'm not sure what your yelling about. I asked you to support your obviously strong feelings about the dangers of formula with something other than your opinion, that makes you angry?
  8. Can you specify where you are getting your information from? Everything that I have read recently published is coming to the conclusion that the benefits of breastfeeding have been overstated, the benefits over formula are small, and when taken into context things like mental health of the mother, socioeconomic status, cultural factors etc breastfeeding is not always best. Overstating risks is guilt tripping. Vaccines have vast amounts of evidence on safety and large margin of benefit vs risk. saying that choosing not to vaccinate places a child at higher risk of death is not overstating in the same way. Vaccines work in all socioeconomic conditions, all living conditions, under all variables. As far as contamination, that has been covered. And breast feeding is not without risk. This article is a really good example of why "breast is best" is so misleading and worth a read. Breastfeed At Your Own Risk - Contexts " Political scientist Joan Wolf, in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, argues that the benefits of breastfeeding have been vastly overstated. Perhaps the largest problem is that it's impossible to conduct a controlled experiment—by asking some mothers to breastfeed and others to formula-feed—so all studies are observational. In other words, researchers have to tease out the characteristics of those who decide to breastfeed from the benefits of breastmilk itself. Mothers who choose to breastfeed may also promote a host of other health-protective and IQ-promoting behaviors in their children that go unmeasured in observational studies. The problem becomes even more pronounced when trying to examine the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding because there are even more potential unmeasured factors between infancy and adolescence that contribute to overall health"
  9. Nearly 12 years ago I had my healthy, full term son with every intention to breastfeed exclusively. I was ready. When he was just a few hours old he had a low blood sugar, over the next 12 hours I would nurse, then the wonderful on nurses would cup feed, and on and on. No matter what we did he couldn't keep his blood sugar or temperature up and off to the nice he went. He spent 5 days, in that time I never had any engorgement etc. I kept nursing on demand, and topping off with a bottle. For the next 2 months at home I was a wreck. We made several visits to an LC. I took reglan, I would nurse for 15-20 minutes each side, top him off with formula in an SMS system then pump for 20 minutes each side. By the time I was done the process it would be time to start again. I was a mess, and finally decided in hysterical tears that I couldn't do it anymore and switched to bottles exclusively. 8 years ago baby number 2 was coming. I convinced myself that my problems with baby number one were due to the stress of his nicu stay, this time I was going to exclusively breastfeed. I spent hours researching breastfeeding, bought herbs, supplements and teas, I was ready. She came along, healthy, latched beautifully, we were home 24 hours after she was born. All seemed ok, except she nursed constantly, and fussed whenever she wasn't. I reached out to LC''s and support groups they all strongly encouraged breastfeeding, formula is evil, don't cave just persist! Finally my husband gave her some formula one night since she just never seemed ok, she sucked it down and I was worried. I made an appointment with an LC the next day, she wanted to do weighted feeding. At nearly 2 weeks old my girl was still under her birth weight. Weighted feeds showed she was getting about an ounce total from me. The LC was so concerned she handed me a bottle and didn't let us leave until my girl had eaten, and strongly suggested supplementing. Her evaluation of all factors was no matter what I did my breasts were not going to produce enough milk to feed a baby, ever. I cried, a lot. I had been starving my baby, and for what? Because I had let other people convince me that to be a good mom I must never give my child formula? So with my second child I continued to breastfeed and formula feed until she was 7 months (I had some medical issues and the medication I was taking wasn't compatable). She nursed for comfort a lot, she was a clingy needy baby and what she needed was me. I stopped feeing guilty that she always needed a bottle to top off. She was healthy, happy, and growing. So, I almost starved my baby. I spent months with my first baby stressed and crying. I was the recipient of dirty looks and snide comments when I gave my babies a bottle out in public. I was a failure to many. And for what? Having a body that didn't do what it was supposed to? I think breastfeeding is great, but the aggressive push at all costs has got to stop. Formula is a safe and healthy alternative for parents who can't or don't want to breastfeed. I am an intelligent woman, a nurse for goodness sake and the preassure to breastfeed led me to starve my second child and miss out on so much with my first. It's out of control!
  10. To the part I bolded, can you back this up with anything? What risk does formula carry? Do you also realize that you have gone ahead and continued to guilt trip moms who can't, or choose not to breastfed? You are perpetuating the guilt heaped on woman who don't breastfeed, and for what?
  11. AtHomeNurse

    OASIS quandry

    I do admits exclusively, and when I'm training someone new I always tell them adl questions should not be about what the person can currently do, but what is the ideal situation that would result in the best care of the patient. Regardless of wether or not someone is there to help what is the safest way for someone to do adl's. So grandma joe might be bathing and dressing independently, but is that safe and manageable? Very rarely should someone needing homehealth be rated 0 on adl questions. So, if grandma joe is able to get her clothes from the closet or dresser, but walking to get there, managing balance while reaching and pulling drawers makes her unsteady, she's a 1 (at least). Even though she can do it, it is not the safest situation. If she is showering independently, but it's so exhausting she only does it once a week then needs a nap after she's not a zero. If I feel the need to guard her as she walks she's not independent. If she has a walker that is necessary for ambulation she needs meal set up (you can't hold a walker and carry your plates). I think we hate to feel like we are judging patients. If I answer grandma jo needs help with everything, but there's no one to help her, is answering accurately going to get her taken out of her house, or me in trouble if I say she needs help and then something happens to her I couldn't prevent? Those are the resistance I hear. But, oasis is not judgemental, in many questions we are not judging intent, just collecting data. I think that's the disconnect many people have with oasis.
  12. AtHomeNurse

    New Grad as a Assessment Nurse? Need advice

    nope, nope, and nope. In my opinion home health is not the place for new grads, and that scenario sounds terrifying. Keep looking, and good luck!
  13. AtHomeNurse

    OASIS experts chime in please!

    Yes, a new medication for pain, the pain would be the treated condition (or the identified cause of the pain ie arthritis, fall, fracture). You should always have a change in treatment, this is your skill. New meds (the condition treated is the diagnosis), need for monitoring (maybe nothing was changed post fall but the doctor is concerned and asked you to monitor BP for example). If there is not some sort of condition change you can't justify the need to be there.
  14. AtHomeNurse

    Returned documentation

    Initially yes, now no. I make my notes as thourough as possible so reviewers have very little questions at this point. Initially it felt like I just couldn't get it right! What really helped is when they requested I change or fixed stuff I asked for an explanation why. It became a learning tool, now I don't make the same mistakes repeatedly, making my reviewers life easier and reducing corrections for me. In addition to what was said above, homecare, and especially oasis, have a language all their own. It's not like most other charting and getting it right is crucial. It can certainly be frustrating though!
  15. AtHomeNurse

    Told to falsify date on OASIS. Is this legal?

    Goodness no way. Find new employment and report them. Agencies like that are what makes it so difficult for the ones doing it the right way!
  16. AtHomeNurse

    New to HH visits, organization help

    As an LPN you should be getting pretty basic stuff, daily wound care, follow up visits for Chf, copd etc. the most difficult paperwork is oasis, which you will not be doing. 6 revisits a day is very reasonable, as long as you don't have crazy drive times. Get in the habit right away of doing your paperwork at the visit, or just after the visit in the car. The biggest issue with paperwork is that people put it off and Rush off to the next visit, then need to play catch up for 6 visits of charting once they get home. If you do all / most of the paperwork at the visit (or in the car just after the visit) it is much, much, much more efficient. Also, don't get sucked in. That's not to say don't interact with your patients, but set your boundaries early. Don't be the nurse who spends half an hour listening to the clients jabbering about holidays, or families etc etc etc before you even do your assessment. Go in with an air of "I mean business". And understand if you have a client with true social issues the best course of action is to involve social work, or ask the pcp office to intervene if you don't have social work. Trying to fix everything is another time management pitfall. You can't do it alone! Good luck!