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  1. My girlfriend has a step daughter who had to have a trach due to structural deterioration and closing up. After a month or two, she had a T-tube put in and she went back to work in a nursing home as a charge nurse. We don't understand how she can do that or how it even works so she can speak and eat. And we are both nurses who have taken care of patients with trachs but they needed suctioning and a lot more care. So this is new to us. We have both been away from floor nursing for about 5 years. So they are obviously doing things we don't know about. Thanks.
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    Closing the Chapter on SNFs

  3. Don't be afraid to go for it. You know how to do your job and what not to do. You will be an asset to any other facility. Emphasize your attention to detail and your desire to increase your experiences and knowledge in a quality facility. Nurses like you are needed. Don't sell yourself short. And don't forget to post when you find that new job so we can all congratulate you!
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    would you take a job with a mean doctor?

    A mean doctor is as bad as a mean charge nurse. It quickly turns into a toxic work environment that you don't want to go to every day. The stress and tension created is not worth your emotional or professional health. Life is too short and no one should have to put up with someone who is constantly ******** and criticizing you for no reason other than their own ego or shortcomings. How people who are mean keep their jobs is beyond me. I've seen it more times than I care to think about and it just amazes me. But I also never put up with it if it was directed towards me. Took me a few years to learn how to do that but I was so much better off when I did. And once you give it right back, they leave you alone. Nothing better than letting someone out of line know they are acting unprofessional, disrespectful, and rude and until they learn how to communicate, don't talk to me. It works every time.
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    Overweight Healthcare Workers

    This would be incredible to have it happen. One place I worked closed the cafeteria and night shift got stuck with bring your own or eat questionable items out of vending machines. No salads or fresh fruits or veggies. And as for work/life balance, that never happens. No vacation time from mid November to after New Years! And to get any time in July, you have to put in for it a year in advance. Only the very first place I ever worked offered what they called mental health days. They were well staffed and you were given 6 mental health days, in addition to vacation, personal days, and holidays, to call off if you were just too stressed to come in. They don't do it anymore but it was great.
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    Where are all the "older" nurses?

    They burn out or get injured from consistently working short and find something else to do within the nursing field besides direct care or they quit and do something else. That has been my experience with nurses I know. And I know a lot of them from all over the country.
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    How do you feel about having other nurses as patients?

    I would have gone to someone to put a stop to this behavior immediately. He was a parent and did not have the rights to what he was doing. He was way out of line.
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    Are You Really a Nurse?

    I worked with an LPN who turned out to have never taken any state boards and she worked for a year! Two years later, her sister who claimed to be a BSN was also found not to have even finished the BSN program and also did not have a license. And she had been made a DON. It was a nightmare for the facility. And they both had felony records!! It was bad.
  9. Absolutely. There are nursing schools nationwide that won't even let students take nursing classes until they have a years experience as a CNA. I've seen the difference it makes where this is required. It is very positive. Much better understanding and work relationships between the CNA's and the nurses. You may just have to study for the exam and take it without taking a class. Depends on the state. But definitely do it. It will make you a better nurse. Good luck to you.
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    Nurses smoking weed?

    Medical marijuana has no THC and thus no high. Relieves pain without any impairment. Better than narcotics! Safer to work under. Should not be a problem as long as you have prescription and your state approved medical marijuana use. Comes in a capsule or liquid for under tongue. Works very well. No side effects of sleepiness, nausea, hungry, dizzy or anything. Can fully function when taking it.
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    Isolation - yes/no

    I believe your patient satisfies all the criteria outlined in the RAI. Code for isolation. I have done this and never had a problem. Any place I have ever worked required more than just gloves for someone with C-diff. That is a totally contact isolation situation. And two people with C-diff in one room can continue to reinfect each other. It is a very poor idea and should not be done. The fact that all your rooms are single rooms doesn't matter. The patient is in a single room with a highly contagious infection and all isolation precautions necessary should be utilized. Who knows what that person has touched in that room? Visitors should gown and glove as well. How do you think it spreads so rapidly throughout a unit in nursing homes that allow cohabiting or just standard precautions? Just asking for trouble. The latest from the CDC is that staff carries infection on their uniforms, especially the abdominal area of their tops and the pockets from room to room. MRSA and VRE would never have become the problem they are, imo, if we had maintained isolation that we had in the 1980's. Don't believe it would be a community issue either. But it was all about money and getting people out of hospitals and into nursing homes that started that mess. Now look where we are?!
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    I'm a Man, Can I be Successful as An OB Nurse

    I could care less what sex the person is providing my care. One of the best nurses I ever had take care of me in the hospital was a male nurse who had to put in a foley and give me a shot in rear. He was very good at his job and no different to me than having a male doctor. And it was in a hospital where I worked! I never worked with him, but I did work with a doc who did a vaginal surgery on me. I doubt either ran around talking about my anatomy to anyone. They are professionals. I certainly don't ever talk about a patients anatomy or anything private like that with others. In fact, in giving care, the sex of my patient never even crosses my mind. I've put in male catheters and female and have nothing to say except that a male is usually easier to cath. It really shouldn't matter to any professional. If it matters to the patient, then they can make a choice and it should be respected. They aren't used to seeing everything we are all the time.
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    I'm a Man, Can I be Successful as An OB Nurse

    Many men are successful OB docs so why can't a man be a successful OB nurse?
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    So is there really a nursing shortage?

    For as long as I can remember, the nursing shortage story has circulated and I've been a nurse for about 35 years. When I first went to nursing school, there was a 2-3 year wait to even get into the nursing classes/clinicals. We had much better staffing back then too. The only shortage I really saw was as staffing got cut. And it remains that way. Short staff has become an economical tool used by many facilities and it sure makes it look like there is a shortage. We had 32 hospitals in a tri-county area back then, and now there are three, with two of them owning all the rest that didn't close, and continuing to build smaller outpatient/office buildings all over the place, while continuing their large main campuses. There is no wait, other than maybe a semester, for nursing classes so clearly not as many are going into them here. But they are full classes. Ohio has some outlying financially strapped areas where there are probably legitimate shortages. But a study was done a few years back and the results were that if every licensed and registered nurse in Ohio went back to work, we would have too many to fill the vacancies. A lot of nurses have burned out from the short staffing and have looked for alternative jobs where that isn't an issue. The worst part of it is that the people who suffer for this are the patients. I don't care how many QA and QI are put into place, without adequate staffing, quality of care will continue to suffer. Thank God I'm a nurse and can oversee/manage the care given to myself and family members who have to be in the hospital or a nursing home. I feel bad for those who don't have that advantage.

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