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nursechilespice has 2 years experience as a LPN.

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    Patient Threatens to go to Manager...

    Thank you for the advice, I scheduled a meeting with my manager, I’m alittle nervous because I’ve never done this before, but it’s gotta be done. He referred to me as a “space cadet” to insult me- like “spacey” or “dumb”
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    Hoyer/ Ceiling Lift Safety?

    I guess incase of any malfunctions?
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    Patient Threatens to go to Manager...

    Thank you very, very much! I really appreciate the constructive advice
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    Patient Threatens to go to Manager...

    Maybe it’s just depends on where we are all located, most hospitals in Toronto have “brown soakers/ sliding sheets” and “blue pads”
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    Patient Threatens to go to Manager...

    It’s a sliding sheet! Haha we call them that interchangeably here- it’s more dense so any loose BMs wouldn’t soak the entire bed.
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    Hoyer/ Ceiling Lift Safety?

    I know it decreases patient risk for falls when two caregivers are present during the transfer of a patient by ceiling/ hoyer lift, but I’ve seen a colleague do a successful transfer (I walked in as they where being lowered to bed) alone. I told them just to let me know ahead of time so I could help them, but it got me thinking- would management write them up (if it was the manager instead of me in that moment) even if there was no damage or injury done? I tried to look into my CCC hospital policy for ceiling lift but I couldn’t find anything... what would management do?
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    Patient Threatens to go to Manager...

    Thanks! I sincerely appreciate the insight, When it comes to my personal life, I feel like I don’t have any issues setting boundaries etc. But within my professional practice with dealing with patients, I tend to stop myself in the moment because I’m worried of “saying the wrong thing” in the heat of the moment (such as telling people off... which is what I DO NOT want to happen) I value having a good quality nurse/patient relationship, so I stopped myself and thought patient A was just trying to help- which was wrong, I know. I definitely know this is something I need to work on, which is one of the points that I will be discussing with the manager. Is there any resources you’d recommend to develop this skill?
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    Patient Threatens to go to Manager...

    So this is my second evening shift in a row working with the same assignment (on a CCC vented floor) two of my three patients are in the same room (let’s call them patients A, B and C) I was about 40 minutes late to feed patient A, because patient C was throwing up excessively after suctioning. i apologized to patient A, told him I was with alittle busy with patient C then patient A stated “you know what, I know you’re a nice person, but all weekend you’ve been a space cadet and I’m going to go to the manager because I don’t feel safe.” i asked him why he would say that, and his main points where: 1. Yesterday he said I gave his Advair (that he refused) at 2200 when it was supposed to be at 2000 (implying that I gave it late.) I told him his MAR is scheduled at 2200 but if he wants it earlier I could reschedule it- he was not pleased with my answer and didn’t believe me. 2. Patient B, patient A’s room mate, has g tube feedings- at lunch the day shift nurse is supposed to give patient B three salt packets that’s provided in the daily bags wit the feeds- I noticed yesterday AND today that there was three salt packets and asked patient B if the nurse gave him salt for lunch- patient B said he wasn’t sure, and patient A (from bed, with the curtain drawn, as always) yelled out at me that “he got his salt”- when I said that there was three salt packets from yesterday and another three today, patient A said “well, patient B’s mom was here so he must have got it.” 3. Yesterday when putting patient B back to bed I noticed a sign for the nurses to put a brown soaker for Bowel Routine on Saturday’s- yesterday was Saturday and when cleaning patient B he had a large BM- I asked for clarification if I should put a new brown soaker for patient B and patient B told me that that’s only for the morning shift to do- I didn’t need to. So that made patient A Upset that I had to ask. 4. Patient A was upset that he had to keep “looking out for his roommate” and didn’t like that I was so “unaware” of his Bowel Routine and didn’t like that I was asking questions to patient B- he stated that “you should just know.” I think he just taking his anger out on me. He’s had a bad few weeks personally (family, ex gf, etc) yesterday he barely spoke to me because the morning shift nurse yesterday (new nurse- didn’t know his care) didn’t do things “as he liked” and he was in a horrible mood all evening yesterday- even today as well. he seems more calm and talkative now after, but I’m 100% officially done with patients/ coworkers treating me like a punching bag- I’ve only been working for a year, and whenever things like this arises I turn the other cheek. im not angry, or upset, but Im thinking, should I call his bluff and speak to the manager? Should I let it go since it’s (sorta/kinda) resolved between us? im just concerned that he’ll paint a picture that I’m incompetent. I am not incompetent, but I should be treated with respect.
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    Wearing Scrubs to an Interview...?

    I have an interview in another unit in the hospital I work at for a full time position, the thing is I have work on my home unit at 3pm and the interview is at 2pm... would it be weird to wear my (clean) scrubs? I’ve only had alittle over a year of working as a nurse, so I feel like i still need to be formal (and dress for the interview) I know a couple of nurses that had 15+ experience that wear scrubs in their interviews... would it be ok for me to as well?
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    am I a nurse or home maker???

    I myself am currently working for a quadriplegic, trached gentleman- been working overnights in his home for a year now, and the past couple months I’ve been noticing his middle aged wife and twenty something kids have been mixing their laundry with his and they leave their dishes from morning to dinner time in the sink and expect me to clean up after the husband as well as the rest of the family- I graduated in 2017 and got my license in 2018 so this was my first job, but I’m debating on leaving soon... it’s a non agency job, so i have to be careful and leave on good terms, but i understand how certain families expect you to do their dirty work when you were hired to care for the patient... hopefully the case manager will be able to clear the air with the family and boundaries will be set for you not to feel that way- you are a nurse, not a housemaid.
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    Guilt for Asking for a Day Off?

    I work as a private Duty Nurse for a quadriplegic, trached client over nights 3-4 nights a week, I also work partime at a chronic care facility 3-5 days or evenings. I'm also taking classes to get some certificates to work in acute care and eventually as an RN in the ER. I've been feeling burnt out lately- the private care I provide was technically my first nursing job and I've been there for almost a year- however, its in another city and I travel almost 1.5 to 2 hours to get there for 8 hours work... I've been thinking of asking to work only 2 days a week to give myself a break but the wife of the client (in her late 40s early 50s) complains often how she can't find nurses to work (their insurance pays me) they pay out of pocket for PSWs to come in to help overnights (they are well off, but who doesn't want to save money?) So I feel guilty for asking... I know I shouldn't. my Chronic care facility pays (wayyy) more than their insurance does and it's 30min walk from my house, so I don't want to have my hours cut there... Has anyone else been through a situation like this? How did you resolve and get through this situation? I feel like I'm stuck there. Im a new nurse so I was looking forward to working in different facilities but I feel obligated to stay with them...
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    Proof read my Resume?

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could read my resume and give me any pointers to improve it and what to add, I'm within my first year of working as an RPN and I want to have my resume on point and ready to go when I need it! : PAULINA NICHOLE PETIT (Address) (Cell Phone) (Email) PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Registered Practical Nurse with experience in Acute Respiratory, Chronic Complex Continuing Care, Longterm care, and Home Health Care, looking to utilize and expand my knowledge to provide excellent client centered care that are aligned with best practice guidelines. PROFESSIONAL SKILLS • Committed to providing exceptional nursing care by adhering to the best practice guidelines • Committed to protecting and maintaining patient safety • Has excellent time management skills • Able to multitask effectively and remain organized • Proficient in EPR programs such as iView, Citrix, etc. WORK HISTORY Registered Practical Nurse August 2018- Present West Park Healthcare Center 2W- CAVC (Chronic Assisted Ventilatory Care) • Provide nursing care for patients requiring ongoing mechanical respiratory assistance for 22 bed unit (2-3 patient load) Registered Practical Nurse June 2018- Present Private Care – Overnight Stays • Provide oral and deep suctioning via tracheostomy, perform in and out catheterization and record input/output • Administer medications, reposition every 2 hours and perform head to toe assessments Personal Support Worker May 2017- August 2018 ParaMed Home Healthcare • Support client quality of life and health, and support emotional and social needs of each client • Assist with ambulation, meal prep, feeding, bed baths, changing bed sheets and other household duties EDUCATION Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Practical Nursing (Diploma) Completion: July 2017 Emergency RPN (Certificate) Expected Completion: May 2020 LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS • College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) RPN Registration Number: AH021463 • First Aid and CPR/ AED for HCP • N95 Mask Fit Certification • Humber College’s Sickle Cell Workshop 2017- Changing the Faces of Pain • ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Please don't mind the format too much, I just want some insight and advice on what I can change and how to make my resume better! thank you all! -Paulina
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    How's my Resume?

    Hello there! I was hoping to get some feedback and constructive criticism for my updated resume- I'm working as a RPN now, but I wanted to update my resume incase of any opportunities showing up. PLEASE NOTE: the formatting from word to this website is very off- please excuse this, I'm just looking for feed back about the content I'm putting in my resume. Here it is: PAULINA PETIT (ADDRESS) (Cell Phone) (Email) PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Enjoys working within a team environment Can effectively multitask and be organized Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Adobe, and EPR programs (iView) WORK HISTORY Registered Practical Nurse August 2018- Present West Park Health Care Center 2W- CAVC (Chronic Assisted Ventilatory Care) Provide nursing care for patients requiring ongoing mechanical respiratory assistance (2-3 patient load) Administer medications, perform head to toe assessments, vital signs, inserting intermittent or indwelling Foley's, measure in and outs, documentation, reposition, safely transfer patients in and out of bed, provide bed baths and showers, assist with meals, provide oral and deep suctioning as per best practice guidelines of West Park Registered Practical Nurse June 2018- Present Overnight- At home stay Provide oral and deep suctioning via tracheostomy, perform in and out catheterization and record input/output Administer medications, reposition every 2 hours and perform head to toe assessments PSW- Personal Support Worker May 2017- August 2018 ParaMed Home Healthcare Support client quality of life and health, and support emotional and social needs of each client Assist with ambulation, meal prep, feeding, bed baths, changing bed sheets and other household duties Housekeeping Supervisor May 2012- Feb 2017 Quality Suites Toronto Airport Conduct daily inspections for cleanliness of all hotel areas: public areas, rooms, laundry etc. Ensure smooth work operation so that areas is clean and safe; take immediate action to rectify safety concerns CLINICAL PLACEMENT EXPERIENCE Michael Garron Hospital- East York General January 2017-April 2017 H7- Respiratory Provide independent student RPN care under delegation of RPN preceptor to full load of patients (6-7 patients) Worked 8 hour day shifts with Preceptor for 480 hours for full semester (4 months) Humber River Hospital September 2016-December 2016 9W- Acute Medicine Acute care and provide student RPN care under supervision of RN clinical instructor (3-4 patients) Worked 12 hour shifts with clinical instructor for 192 hours for full semester (4 months) McCall Center for Continuing Care January 2016-April 2016 Fourth Floor- Palliative Care Palliative care and provide student RPN care under supervision of RN clinical instructor (3-4 patients) Worked 6 hour shifts twice a week for full semester (4 months) EDUCATION Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Tourism Management- Travel Industry Services (Diploma) Completion: April 2014 Practical Nursing (Diploma) Completion: July 2017 CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) RPN Registration Number: AH021463 First Aid and CPR/ AED for HCP ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training N95 Mask Fit Certification Humber College's Sickle Cell Workshop 2017- Changing the Faces of Pain And that's it! Please let me know what you all think. Thank you for taking the time to read through my resume and responding! Much appreciated Cheers Paulina
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    Upgrading Courses for Bridging to RN

    Thanks! I hope I do
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    Upgrading Courses for Bridging to RN

    Congratulations! Be organized- with time, what to study, and be mindful of due dates. First semester will seem overbearing and the majority of the time it's gunna seem like you're teaching yourself- don't give up. Stay focused, and ask yourself or jot point notes of what you learned at the end of every class. Good luck!
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    Upgrading Courses for Bridging to RN

    Hello! I graduated from Humber's RPN program last year and I was wondering if I get get some advise or guidance- I'm interested in applying for a bridging course for RN. However, I need to upgrade my Pharmacology 2 and Nursing Leadership to 75% to meet requirements. I've messaged Humber and George Brown to see if there's anything or any course I can take to upgrade my marks, but I was wondering if anyone else has been in this situation and we're able to still bridge into RN. I'm currently working as a RPN, I don't need to bridge immediately, but I would like to within 2-3 years. Thank you! -Paulina
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