I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize it was this bad:
"More than a third of California's nursing homes have failed to meet the state's nurse staffing standards, contributing to a majority not passing federal inspections, a new study has found.
A report released today by the California HealthCare Foundation, a Bay Area nonprofit philanthropic group focused on improving health care delivery, found that more than two-thirds of the staff in the state's 1,400 nursing homes left their jobs in 2002."
Aug 12, '04
I've been working at this 32 bed convalescent hospital as an LVN for a year now and I'm getting out. The pay's way below what acute care LVN's make and I don't have any benefits even though I work 24-32 hours "on-call" a week. The CNA's (some are good nurses) are lazy, gossipy, insubordinate, don't have any ambitions to go further up the career ladder as LVN's or RN's, and they don't care about your license. Family members expect the impossible from me since I'm the "charge nurse" (others are super understanding). I have to answer the phones, do security rounds, and MAKE HOT PLATES for the residents if I have to *lol*. I even hand out checks to my co-workers! All of this excludes my medicine/wound treatment rounds. I also don't have any scheduled breaks since I'm the only licensed person on my shift. My break's when I'm in the latrine!
The only thing positive about my workplace is the experience and the adorable residents who I'm very popular with.
My dream job is to work in the E.D. as an LVN or even as an ER Tech (I'm a soldier medic and that's where I belong).
Last edit by VickyRN on Aug 21, '04