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    Lost another LPN....oy!

    My husband has an LPN from a service that comes in while I'm at work. We seem to be jinxed- the first one was great-very proactive,trainable and seemed to genuinely care about her job. On the downside, she genuinely cared about my jewelry. So we moved on and I started hiding things. second LPN stayed 2 days and discovered that our cats were making her want to borrow hubbys inhaler.I swear- there are only 2 cats and I do vacuum! I swear!
    Well, this morning the service called to tell me they were recalling our curreny LPN for more training. She'd call me at work maybe 6 times a day-thats ok, I want to know whats going on- but she was calling the service just as many times. This all came to a head when she called her boss to tell them that hubbys doctors office wasn't calling her back and he had a temp and she knew she shouldn't give him any tylenol without a doctors order. Gees- theres cautious and then theres cautious!? Never mind that a 35 year old man is asking you for tylenol-I think he should be able to make those decisions.The supervisor felt he could have some tylenol,thank God!?
    So tomorrow we start again- does this hunt get better?

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    So tomorrow we start again- does this hunt get better?
    Maybe...? [img]/forum/images/smilies/confused.gif[/img]

    Prttynpnk, you're not alone. Over the past two years I've had more trouble finding and keeping quality PCA's.

    My PCA called in again last week at 7 am saying she is "non functional" and couldn't come in, so I had to scramble to find someone to come in. Two days later, she shows up 15 mins. late, knocks over the garbage cans when she pulled into the driveway and is totally looped on pain meds. [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img] She's in no condition to drive, and I'm amazed that she even made it here this morning. She can barely keep her eyes open, she's slurring and stumbling around. After a minute I realized that she was completely incapable of getting me ready let alone herself. Luckily my girlfriend was home and was able to help me out.

    My g/f had to hold her arm and escort her to the guest bedroom at 7:45 where she passed out until 1:30 pm got up for 30 mins the disappeared back into the bedroom until 6:00 pm! [img]/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif[/img] I wouldn't have let her drive anyway. Geeez...where do these people come from and what are they thinking? [img]/forum/images/smilies/redface.gif[/img] Crap like this doesn't happen very often, but when it rains it pours...LOL [img]/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif[/img] Needless to say, I'm in the process of finding a replacement. [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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      #3
      ok, you have made me feel better! I hope you can find someone good this time-
      if only that Queen Latifah character from the Bone Collector hadn't been stabbed-she seemed really competent! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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        #4
        do you have to go thru an agency - or can you hire your own? We're exploring the 'HASCI' (pronounced 'haski') program here in SC for my son; long waiting list, but I think you can hire your own aide.

        Here's one source for HASCI info, and if you do a google search there's a lot more that comes up:

        http://www.elderlaw-sc.com/articles/1560/

        Right now, we're paying for our own CNA, but it's so worth it because we can interview and hire who we want, and get some quality people!

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        Tough times don't last - tough people do.
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          #5
          We had one great aid when we stayed in LA for 3 months. She taught me so much about caregiving. And most of all she had a good heart. Wish we could have taken her to Snd Diego with us. When we got here I ran an classified and found a man who we were so pleased with for 2 weeks then the truth came out. He took my son for an outing on the train to downtown SD at night. He got roaring drunk, took my sons money and left him to get home by himself. Of course Chris handled it great but I was very affected.

          I wanted to warn anyone else that might hire this creep but don't want to get sued or worse. I do call other quads when I see ads in the local paper for caregivers but usually people respond to my call like I am some nut case.

          I wish there were some way to warn each other.
          "A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner"

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            #6
            The plot thickens! After being out sick a whole week- the original LPN returned- the service didn't tell her they were pulling her out and we had to watch a lovely scene between the new LPN (who didn't know she was replacing someone) and the old LPN. It was like a bad British comedy in our den at 7am?!

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              #7
              I had an LPN give me a fleets enema without taking the cap off, I sat on the showerchair for 4 hours wondering what was wrong. My Dad checked the trash & found the Fleet full with the cap still on. That was this LPNs first & last day!
              "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

              -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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                #8
                LOL wouldnt she realize the fluid wasnt going in? damn blondes!

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                  #9
                  To obtain a Home Health Aide certification in New Jersey, you pay $75 for a 3 week course, get your certification, and then are sent into people's homes. Scary, isn't it?

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                    #10
                    marm........what is even scarier, in ohio you dont need any certification. so no training besides cpre and first aid is necessary!

                    i am considered a hha for my friends little girl and they sent a lady who has a past history of patient abuse to a nonverbal little 8 year old girl! how scary is that! marissa ended up very bruised and that is when i stepped up an said enough of the hha bs let me watch her. single mom trying to go to school.

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                      #11
                      Norm,

                      You are fortunate that the Fleets and the cap ended up in the trash...it is not an uncommon mistake for the cap to be shot straight up into the patient. I am happy you did not have to go have a cap extracted as a result.

                      Mary
                      1FineSpineRN

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                        #12
                        It was a male LPN!
                        "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

                        -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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                          #13
                          well that just supports my theory even better....guys cant do anything right. :::::goes to hide now::::::

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