Loved working with dementia patients but could be very challenging.
LPN (Former Employee) – Madison, IN – December 29, 2013
Went in at 2p, received report and gathered info for shift. Vital signs and gather necessary materials for 3-5p med pass. Assist in dinning room with feeds from 5-6p, then go to dinner myself if time warrants. Upon return prepare for 7p med pass, do treatments and med pass, check blood sugars and give HS insulins. Do additional paperwork as necessary such as skin assessments, neurochecks, fall risk assessments, ect. Assist CNA's with ADL's. I learn something new everyday, if something from a patient about themselves current or past, or a new med administration or treatment. Management is always supposed to help if possible, sometimes not able or unsure how. Not always willing to take recommendations from staff, kind of get my way or highway attitude. Hardest part of job is keeping residents calm and positive. Dementia patients feed off on another, if one gets upset or irate, it spreads very quickly so you must always be on your toes and looking out for what might be coming next. The most enjoyable part of my job is when something clicks with a patient and you see the lightbulb come on...they remember someone or something from their past that is positive and the just cannot wait to tell you, they are grinning from ear to ear and so happy. That makes my day.
Work with excellent co-workers
Breaks to short if you get one at all