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    Neen'ers LIF's

    my mystery continues, it seems...
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    Neen'ers LIF's

    I don't have a clue what a neen'er or a LIF is, so, I'm not one, probably....hmm, I wonder if I AM one???
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    ixchel's What I Learned This Week 10/3...

    post about it in a different thread...
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    ixchel's What I Learned This Week 10/3...

    good to know
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    ixchel's What I Learned This Week 10/3...

    ....... !!!!!!!!!
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    Life is an Algebraic Equation

    uhhh...what'd you say???
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    AN.com Anonymous

    You're thinking there's a problem with this addiction???? Hmmm....
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    Okay, people, go away!

    ....time is almost up... ...and... ...a 60 year old can't be a cam-person? why? ... ...and... ...my elipsis-ing fetish continues...
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    I have cancer

    I'll keep you in my thoughts too...warm wishes for all good things to you!
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    In a panic

    You worked oodles of years and so did he. You both paid into the "system" to help those who can't pay for what they need. This includes you! I don't think you should feel bad if you need to apply for help! That's what it's there for. You said you've arranged a payment plan. How about talking to whoever provided care (hospital, doctors, etc.) and seeing if they have any programs to forgive part of what's owed? My adult son developed perotinitis and had extreme surgery and a long recouperation period during which he lost his job and insurance. The hospital wrote off his bill. The surgeon and anesthesiologist arranged payment plans and forgave 1/2 of his bills. These aren't things they tell you about unless you ask, but lots of providers have such things. You just have to ask about them. There were lots of forms to fill out, but that was so much less stressful for my son than trying to figure out where about $50,000 would come from.
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    what is in your locker?

    Y'all have lockers????
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    LUV; don't play the stupid game; I'm a different kinda

    I'm a chunk-learner too. It works quite nicely for me.
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    Esme12 appreciation thread

    Yay for you too, Stargazer! :yelclap:
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    Esme12 appreciation thread

    I totally agree! I look forward to reading Esme's words!!
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    Started Antidepressants

    All an antidepression medication will do to help you is let you feel happy if good things happen, as well as to be motivated to do things...IF you have a deficit of certain neurotransmitters in your brain. They won't do a thing for you if you have lots of crud in your life. The only thing that can help that is decreasing the crud. It sounds like your job is pretty full of crud. Antidepressants and anxiolytics have their place, but they don't make life lovely if it's a black hole....
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    Nurses/aides with eczema--I need your advice!

    Watch out for using alot of hydrocortisone cream. There's a maximum per day. Otherwise you'll cause yourself some problems.
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    Has AN got boring or is it just me?

    it's you! I'm kidding, truly!
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    Patient Dilemma after Discharge

    In my opinion, you should not do it. Since she was in your direct care, you are not on an even playing field in the relationship you have with her. That could put either of you in a difficult spot if something goes wrong. One scenario that comes to mind: house catches on fire; lady says, "oh, I thought I could trust her since she took care of me." You don't really know her to know the ins and outs of her personality. She might have been lovely in the hospital but might not always be lovely. What if her home is totally different than your idea of how things should be? What if she's a hoarder? What if she's a billionaire and lives like one? What expectations might she have in either situation? What might yours be? Would those expectations work with each other? How about asking your boss if the facility that employs you has any rules about such things. If it does, you can't do it, period. Lots of places do have such rules.
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    My concience is beating me up....

    And...sooner or later someone will audit the medication administration records. Some auditors can close the facility. You'd be soooo much better off reporting things now rather than waiting for this to be discovered otherwise.
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    My concience is beating me up....

    with all this discussion, it occurs to me that the other nurse might read here too...
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    My concience is beating me up....

    to distance yourself from her, i think you should tell her what you're thinking and say all of that makes you feel you need to distance yourself. i think she could have some personality issues that might come back at you, but you truly do need to distance yourself. it's never good to be caught in the middle of a tricky situation. i have to say, it would not be your reporting things that would be the cause of her losing her job, if that happened. it would be her actions. you would just be the messenger in the reporting.
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    My concience is beating me up....

    What you kept to yourself is doing no one any favors. She could have killed the patient. Would you want that on your conscience? Rhetorical questions and unveiled opinions follow: Double Ativan dose? If the first was a large dose, and the patient had already been given a little big extra, how much did the patient actually get? Enough for an elephant? Enough to cause repiratory slowing? or worse? Narcan isn't given for too much Ativan. Does she even understand the meds? Does she look them up? Doesn't she have to indicate what she gave on the MAR? or in the Pyxis or other machine that dispenses meds? Isn't Ativan on the controlled substance list that requires more than signing out on the simple MAR? How do you know all these things? Did she tell you? Did you see it happen? Did you look at the MAR? Does she know you covered for her? Isn't this a bit of a creepy pact? If she told you, or knew you knew, and you didn't confront her AND do more, well...why was this even remotely ok? What else does she give to patients that you don't know about? Optimist, you must report this. You must stand in your truth. I get it that your job as well as hers is at risk here, but what she did and seems to think is ok, is so dangerous. We can't just give meds because we think it's a good idea. It's so legally and morally inappropriate. We can't stick by peers who are doing something that could hurt a dependent person in terribly ways, and when it's illegal as well as twitty or stupid...well.... (I will now get off my soapbox and calm down.)
  23. If there was an Office Supplies Anonymous, you would have to bring a pen and legal pad with you to meetings, dontchaknow... Have you ever noticed that when you lose a pen, another one shows up in your stash soon afterwards? I think they have met with each other to keep such things happening...
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    What's on Your Bucket List?

    Since my parents passed away I've been working to accomplish those things on my own bucket list. I saw that they put their bucket list on the back-burner and I'm not going to do that. Here's my list, what I can remember of it: 1. Go to Rome and see where my husband went to school and lived there (done) 2. Go to Norway and see where my husband's family originated (done) 3. Go to my own family's home country 4. Get a professional manicure 5. Work toward not looking like a bag-lady when off work 6. Do work that I feel makes a genuine difference (in progress) 7. Help my children reach their dreams (in progress) 8. Live in downtown Chicago (done) 9. Get something published 10. Learn Spanish Thank you, OP, for starting this thread!
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    I just put Epocrates (student, free version) on my IPod Touch, and it has lots of things the older version doesn't have. I like it alot. I had it on a Blackberry and the ITouch version is MUCH better.