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    Any other INFJ Nurses?

    Infj ccu nurse here and feeling this thread in my soul. Im finally learning I need self care, that it's tough to get in, and that the worlds overall increased negativity is really getting to me. It's trickling down and that's not good. One or two of my nurse friends understand but sometimes I still feel alone in it. You know? I strive to work hard, learn hard, and continue forward in good care. I think my self care week needs to be every 3 months vs every 6 months. We feel. We care. We truly empathize. It gets to us. We have to be happy and continue to do the work we love. This post should be continuous just because it's helpful to know there's others❤
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    Orientation length for ICU

    I will be moving to icu and i have 12w orienting, 6 wks on days and 6 weeks on nights. Better to learn both routines and establish relationship with providers to establish trust. :)
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    Lpn told me she works ICU??

    I want to know what about the convo was so terrifying.
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    Venting - First post

    Oh I completely feel you right now. I'm stepping down from management because of upper poor management and going prn floor nurse. I can't handle it anymore. The facility is getting worse and and management does not care. I'm over it and on to better things.... like taking a break from their drama
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    Thinking about MDS - advice?

    Sent Good luck to you. Mds is a different beast of stress.
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    Thinking about MDS - advice?

    Sent to you
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    Thinking about MDS - advice?

    It gets easier but you have to be very organized. If you message me I will send you a PPS log to use. It tracks your medicare a days and everything you should be doing with them. I have it coded for payor days based on which mds.makes it easier if you have ransom inland discharges
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    Thinking about MDS - advice?

    Hey there. First, I started as an MDS coordinator in November so my comments are related to being very new. I'm also a new grad nurse, having 5 months charge before moving to mds. I love doing mds. I love the attention to detail you must have. I like learning how it drives the payment for the facility. I like the research. I do not like also being unit manager which pulls me from my mds responsibilities, I do not like having minimal training, I don't like having someone question that I'm doing something wrong because they don't underdeveloped mds.... I don't like when I have to constantly refer people to the RAI ands they still don't believe what I say. My typical day: supposed to be 9 to 5 but that's a laugh. I usually work 9 to 7 Monday thru Friday with ono call. I start by reviewing the paSt 24 hours to see if there are new orders, condition changes, skin conditions, new admissions, potential discharges. Then I pull my pps schedule and review each person to see what I need to do with them that day. I review care plans for update, meet with to see if there are RUG changes or discharges ands review minutes/set PPS up, etc. Then I go to meetings. No lunch, I eat in my office because I'm too busy. Then I complete mds for residents and make sure I have the next one set up. Because I'm a unit manager my schedule varies based on the needs of that position for the day. Right now I'm trying to increase my proficiency of my mds ands accuracy by creating a checklist. I carry a PPS binder with me so that no matter what is going on I have that in hand for notes, appts, etc. Really though, I love what I do. I wish I had more time in the day. I wish people understood what I did ands the charting was better. I'm planning to take the charting back soon though so I know the residents better. I've had so many odd things happen from day 1 that those were delegated out. If you choose mds...be prepared for the abundance of information you will know/learn, the amount of care planning you will do, accuracy you will need and regs you gotta follow. :)
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    New ltc nurse looking for advice

    Thanks. I'm a Pretty big planner so it makes sense to do that. I have a small notebook for my shift at work and I've only been on the floor 3days but have a few notes to help. I appreciate your response.
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    New ltc nurse looking for advice

    Hi all. I'm a new grad lpn that accepted a positin on 2Nd shift in a 50 bed nursing home with current census of41. I have16 years as an aide inn about every specialty you can imagine and came back to geriatric nursing because I love it so much. I'm looking for any tips to make the most out of my shift and maybe things you've learned through your experience of working. For reference: I will be generally with a med aide. There are 4 halls and each cart does 2 halls. I will be responsible for all that And the attached assisted living with only 4 residents right now. Nothing special going on like trachs or vents right now just lots of cancer patients. There are generally 4 aides (1 per hall) and not a terribly huge med pass but heavy enough. Only 7 diabetics, 1 of them is severely brittle and I've never experienced a brittle diabetic before. The shifts are 2-1030. Thanks In advance for any advice!
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    How to be Successful in Nursing School

    To be succesful in nursing school I really think that there are a multitude of factors that come in to play. It's more than just studying and taking notes, but to do those succesfully I recommend knowing your learning style. with that you can really use it to your advantage to learn. enable the use of things like pinterest (example: i use it to look up visual pharmacology pictures b/c i am a visual learner), use YouTube (I watch a few popular nurses on there to help see another view outside of the class of the topic i'm studying). the most important thing I have found to be successful is having an open mind. you have no idea what and whom you will encounter and if you pre-judge anything you can be disappointed greatly in your findings. when you are open minded (like during the class room, clinical or lab settings) you may find what you thought was a good way to do something was not and another way is a little better. you may find people that don't "seem" to have it all going on or seem different than you but i gaurantee you will learn something from them if you are openminded. I had so many "preconceived notions" about certain clinical settings and classmates when I first started and then something happened to me with a class mate who was a friend in which they judged me for my holistic/natural nursing views. THAT moment made me realize that my own prejudgement of others w/o knowing them limited my nursing school experience. after that moment, everything else was amazing. I opened up my mind and just thought i'll form MY own opinion about anything in nursing school w/o someone elses opinion influencing my decisions and see what happens. i tell you what, my nursing and even my CNA work (which i've been doing over 10 years) has greatly improved. i also think that seperating school and work/home/life is important. I have a rule that when i'm at school it is school and when i am home its home and work is work. what i mean is this: i attend school for 5 hours. what i dont understand after lecture i stay for 1 hr after to jot down notes and questions and get an understanding. then I go home. when i'm home i dont study. i play with my kids (5 of them) I do home chores (i live on an acerage) and i enjoy my husbands company. (its a busy life but i love it). does this vary sometimes? yes if the content was really hard. but my family has to know i'm there for them too. when i work (at any of the 3 hospitals i'm employed at) then i'll take homework there and ask some of the nurses their tips for what i'm studying and then I try to improve my patient care based on the knowledge i have gained. i think that is how i have been successful in a VERY hard nursing program this year. i'm one of the top students (not trying to be egotistical or brag) and am still there after over 20 have dropped or failed. with knowing my learning style its easier to sudy. with managing my time i can get everything done i need to (invest in a great planner or make your own). when testing i recommend a brain dump: when the test start, write down everything you can on the scratch paper provided to "dump your brain". then always think ABS'c and Maslow. if you can think that way you will genereally do well. i wish you the best of luck in your journey. you will go in one person and that person will be molded and changed in to something amazing when they finish and walk across that stage. you will and can succeed! YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE AND THINK GRADUTION!!! never negative or you chance failing. good luck!!!