I start at 7, get report from the night nurse, get my med cart stocked with fresh water, applesauce to give meds with for those who have trouble swallowing, a nutritional supplement for some people, along with items needed for checking peoples vital signs. By 7:30 I am usually ready to start my morning med pass. This is one of the longest tasks of the day. Most of our residents take quite a few meds and their am meds are ordered for 8:30. The state regulations say the meds have to be given within one hour before and one hour after that time. It usually takes the full two hours to do the med pass. We have a shorter med pass at noon.
Others things I do in the day are treatments, dressing changes, updating families and lots of charting! Our Physician Assistant was also in to admit and see some residents which means orders to put in the computer and print. That's a bit about my day.
We have been dealing with a real shortage of nurses lately and I was scheduled to work 12 hours on this day. I was all set for this and had soup in the crockpot for Bob when he got home. However, I had a nice surprise. A nurse that just works occasionally showed up! She had agreed to work, but hadn't got put on the schedule. I had some things to finish, but got to leave at 4:30 instead of 7, which was very nice!
Thanks for spending the day with me.