After a 2 yr absence from nursing altogether and seldom in my experience anyways is the crazy long term careor skilled nursing or whatever...it is all the same under many different names. It is way to many patients per nurseI have posted recently on this. Anyways I did my first shift, over all went well and nice facility. Floating nurse to pick up pieces for any of us on floor. For some reason- in the madrid of confusion and a very talkative !!!! float-OMG stop chattering while I am trying toconcentrate, I could not find the phenobarbital. It was a near end shift dose due, so made a note and thenwhen oncoming nurse said "it is in the narc drawer" I at that moment felt like a brand new nurse. I guess it is way better than wrong drug wrong Pt and I did not overlook it, I just could not find it.Because I forgot it was controlled.OMG going for my 2nd shift tomorrow. I have to hand it to those of you that work LTC all the time, you are angels and you must be blessed to not be making any critical errors. Or are you? that is crazy to stay on top of pts conditions and pass meds on so many. Someone mentioned the most common area of errors are agency nurses in LTC. Believe me if I did not really need to work right now I would not be doing this! So afraid to make an error that will harm someone!!!So, next time Chatty Cathy comes around ( and they are everywhere!) I will stop and politely say " I am new hereand really need to pay attention to what I am doing. If this is important , you have my attention. If it can wait, we can talk later?" or something like that. Gawd!!!