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Report

What determines what makes it to report? There are some things that are obvious? I always point out new orders. I mention any prns that I need to have given. I also give intake, and output and whatever vitals I took, and the reason why I took them. I include important lab results, and treatments that are out of the ordinary. Being that this long term care but also psych, I also discuss behaviors. What else to say though? Do you say something about a feeling about a resident? Do you advocate for a patient in report? I do; one of the few drawbacks about nights is that you never see medical. I have to tell somebody.

Report is important, and it usually moves along at a fairly rapid clip. You might be finishing your shift but they are staying theirs and they would like to get to work. Still it is my only change to make a difference and I never take it lightly.

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