Hi experienced nurses:
I'm a new lpn. Just graduate last april here in Arizona, and I will start my first job working double weekends in an acute care facility...I'll have 4 days orientation, but I am nervous and anxious, because this is a new whole world for me...How I will be able to organize my job from 6 am to 10 pm? Every sat and sun?
Any tips or advice please!!!:typing
I think the biggest one for me is to always sign every med out right away, no matter how busy you are.
If someone is taking a med qid, it gets difficult to remember if you have given that same med to that person 7 times or 8 times over the past two days.
I find that the two days seem to run together toward the end of the second one, thus it is very easy to miss doses -- or perhaps even worse: give something 9 times instead of 8.
I have seen nurses who work double doubles who will sign all their meds off for both shifts at the end (or beginning) or their shift. No matter how good they thought their memories were -- pill counts always revealed mistakes.
Last edit by Valanda on May 29, '08
: Reason: increased clarity