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We are often told an hour beforehand that we are getting an admission who has X,Y, or Z that we haven't had before. I'm expected to drop everything, research X Y Z, and educate the staff before the patient arrives. Is this common? I'm all for new things and am still learning after all these years of being a nurse, but, come on....at least give us a shift or so to get ready.

Oh, and the other peeve....being told by admissions that we're getting a VIP..a doctor or family member of a doctor. ALL our patients are VIPs to someone and they ALL get treated with dignity and respect.

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Thankfully, as SDC I share the same office as the DON. If she isn't able to screen new admits then I do. If there is an issue about education, equipment that is needed prior to admit then I say "no" to the admit. Right now, that seems to work.

I'm happy to admit that we don't get any VIPs. :) We might get someone's family member, but they don't ask for VIP benefits.

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Yes when I was a dsd that happened frequently. Or more likely, the admits came the night before and I was notified and had to inservice asap in the AM. Awesome :)

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Yes when I was a dsd that happened frequently. Or more likely, the admits came the night before and I was notified and had to inservice asap in the AM. Awesome :)

Then something was way wrong in the admissions process. Guidelines sound like they were needed, such as new admits must be approved by nursing and then scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.

Granted I don't work LTC anymore, but do work in a Residential treatment program. Our admits are scheduled approximately a week out, at certain times, and on certain days. I don't understanding why that couldn't be done elsewhere

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