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Old 09-29-2012, 09:27 PM   #5851
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In this state, it can be an LPN on duty so they can dispense medications.
We are a skilled nursing facility, there are 5 LPN's, one for each unit, so there has to be an RN...tonight, that is me. In Montana there are some duties that LPN's are not allowed to do, even though they could do it just as well as an RN can.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #5852
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We are a skilled nursing facility, there are 5 LPN's, one for each unit, so there has to be an RN...tonight, that is me. In Montana there are some duties that LPN's are not allowed to do, even though they could do it just as well as an RN can.
That's how it is here. The night my Dad had to be taken back to the hospital from convalescent care, I had to go find the duty nurse so I could change the level of intervention to include the transfer. It was after midnight and there was only one RN in the whole complex.

I am doing a favour for my MIL (putting some appliances on Craig's list) and then heading back to bed. I am feeling a cold coming on and right now I have to be specially careful of chest infection.

We went out for dog food and decided we both needed food too so went to Nando's for something light so that is taken care of.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:47 PM   #5853
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That's how it is here. The night my Dad had to be taken back to the hospital from convalescent care, I had to go find the duty nurse so I could change the level of intervention to include the transfer. It was after midnight and there was only one RN in the whole complex.

I am doing a favour for my MIL (putting some appliances on Craig's list) and then heading back to bed. I am feeling a cold coming on and right now I have to be specially careful of chest infection.

We went out for dog food and decided we both needed food too so went to Nando's for something light so that is taken care of.
Stay well.
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Thanks, TL. I am mainly just achy and tired. These are often signs with me of a cold or infection coming on. But with the angiogram not for a few months they want me to be careful. I am really looking forward to the day when I can say "I am 100% healthy". And that day will come! (even if it is just one day!)
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #5855
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That's how it is here. The night my Dad had to be taken back to the hospital from convalescent care, I had to go find the duty nurse so I could change the level of intervention to include the transfer. It was after midnight and there was only one RN in the whole complex.
I would never make a family member come find me, my office is on the Subacute unit and staff call me if they need something and I go to them. If I am busy with another patient, I will be there as soon as I can.

Otherwise, I just hang out in the office and get paperwork done.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:20 PM   #5856
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I would never make a family member come find me, my office is on the Subacute unit and staff call me if they need something and I go to them. If I am busy with another patient, I will be there as soon as I can.

Otherwise, I just hang out in the office and get paperwork done.
Yeah, I wasn't thrilled with them during that time, personally. As I left after picking up a few things from the room we might need, the care aid asked how soon in the morning we would be there to pick up all his things. When we did arrive at 11 am (after being at the ER all night), they had piled everything in a corner and stripped the bed already. They threw out a 100 foot air tubing that we had paid for and hidden the air concentrator (our responsibility not theirs) in the office. A couple of months after Dad passed I ran into two of his care aids who loved him dearly and asked how he was doing....they were never told. Is that standard practice? The care home definitely knew.
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We do pack the belongings, but we have bank boxes to use and if the patient/resident had a suitcase we use it also. No empty tomato boxes for us! As for durable equipment, concentrators, etc., they are all rentals from a central source and are removed from the room. If equipment is property of the resident it is cleaned and placed with the other belongings. Things like oxygen tubing is considered non-sterile, yes it would be thrown away.

Depending on privacy laws, sometimes we are told when a resident dies in the hospital, other times we are not. If we know we let the staff who cared for them know. It's up to the family to let the facility know the condition of the resident, sometimes the only way we know is by the death notice in the newspaper.
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First, the belongings weren't packed - they were literally thrown in a corner even though I told them the night before we would come and clean it out before noon and they said that was fine. The thing was, he wasn't even discharged from there yet because they didn't know his condition. He was taken to the hospital for diagnosis.

The tubing wasn't a big deal, and to be honest, it was nice they cleaned the machine because I didn't have to.

I did tell the facility about Dad's passing and specifically said to thank one of the care aids for all his help that night. He was one of the ones I ran into and didn't know. But it was a very tough time and all in all the first time Dad was there and the beginning of this time were both very positive.

So enough about this topic!

I phoned my MIL to say her ads were on Craigslist and she said they would like to do a day (or overnight) trip with DH and I this week seeing as it is his holidays (and some special day I forget). Now to choose what to do!
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:11 AM   #5859
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We have been out at the shops, we bought a new pair of trainers each, we buy a new pair every year

Also bought some new salt and pepper grinders, they look good!

Have just made pizza for lunch and now relaxing with a nice hot coffee
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SO and I are headed out to pick up our grandson and take him to lunch and other fun things. I have the DVR set to record the game and will watch it when I get home.
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