What does an LPN do in a state DD facility?

  1. I am going crazy at the LTC. Is a state DD facility better? I just want to be able to get the supplies I need to actually do my job. I am thinking of looking for a night shift position at a state DD facility.
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  3. by   countrynurse09
    I work 30hrs per weekend going between two dd/mr group ho mes with 4 clients per house. I administer meds do tube feedings, catheters, dressing changes, and alot of paper work. Its very low stress compared to LTC where I started at. But Im still keeping my options open due to boredom.
  4. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks countrynurse09. Do you know who pays more LTC or DD? I would love to be bored. I am tired of being stressed out and exhausted all of the time.
  5. by   countrynurse09
    Pay I'd pretty close to the same. I make slightly less now but that's because i was working weekend graveyard at the LTC. I don't get a shift diff at my dd/mr job.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks countrynurse09. Do the state DD facilities usually use med aides to pass meds or do they use LPN's for passing meds?
    Are most of the residents DNR or full code? Do they use RN's as charge nurses or do they have LPN's as charge nurses? What do you think are the main differences between working in a LTC facility versus a DD facility? Thanks
  7. by   countrynurse09
    At my facility LPNs pass all meds. My RN DON is our only RN and she only signs the paperwork lol. The LPNs do everything. Most of the clients are full code, but are fairly healthy. As far as differences, the dd clients are generally more stable, and the work load is lighter. On the downside,.much of my work is basically admin. chemical restraints. I miss the ltc residents and the conversations we had.
  8. by   Blackcat99
    Thank you countrynurse09. You have been more than helpful. I appreciate your help so much.