I have been hired by Developmental Services as a LPN working with persons with developmental disabilites. I will be working in a residential home, caring for two women. I also have a caregiver who will work with me. My days are Sat and Sun from 7am to 11 pm.
I start training in the residential home tomorrow from 11am to 3pm and Friday from 7am to 3pm. Then next week starts 2 weeks of classroom training, plus training in several other homes, so if I'm needed on any Wednesday, I will be prepared for any of the homes.
This job will certainly be different from providing care to 48 patients in LTC. No more uniform, street clothes instead, more laid back, we get to take the residents out to go shopping, etc.
I think I may really get to like this.
Res Care is a great place to work too. In the Waiver homes the nurse just goes in and passes the medications, any treatments, makes Drs appt's, and of course vitals. The nurse does not take the consumers to Dr's appts, or shopping, as a nurse would not have the time and could not bill on such services.Res Care does not require the nurse to stay at the waiver home sites as well. If a nurse gets hired in at an ICF home, then she/he is required to stay. I guess this would depend on what you want to do. The only thing bad about the job is the billing. You have to keep up with your nurses notes everyday;keep up on billing and hand it in on Fridays. Working with the MRDD population does have it's rewards as well.
The pay for LPN is 15 an hr, and 35 cents a mile.
Last edit by msu2011 on Feb 2, '10