New grad/new job
- 0Mar 20, '13 by jnurse21I will be starting my first job in LTC setting. YaY! I have orientation (1 week) and then pretty much on my own-40 patients plus 2-4 CNAs. I will be in charge of new admits, meds, wound care, schedules... Oh My! It's a little nerve wrecking and intimidating to me. Does it get easier with time? 1week is kind of a short time to orient a new grad. I'm a newbie and basically wanna know the ins and outs. What should I be careful with, aware of, what should I have/take with me, etc...
- 0Mar 20, '13 by HippyDippyLPNI always found LTC just got easier in the sense my stress levels decreased as time eased on and becoming more comfortable with the floor but not ever easier in the physical/mental sense. I still left drained as a dead battery after ever shift even after 2 years l keeps ya in shape that's for sure. GL!
- 0Mar 21, '13 by proud nurseIt will get easier as you learn the residents, and which co-workers are there to work or just collect a paycheck.
Sounds like you have a lot of responsiblity for such a short orientation. I've seen many new grads go into a tailspin from all the duties, so get ready for a wild ride. You'll get into your own routine, and I always felt working in LTC keeps your mind sharp with all the meds.
Hope you like it.