I'm a new LPN and started my first job working in an LTC in April. I work 7a to 7p every Sat and Sun.
Its really hard in the beginning until you get to know your residents. Now that I know their meds, accu check times, etc. my time management is getting better.
Its still a hard job, I'm always watching my time and trying to stay on top of everything that needs to be done. I usually have 20 residents to pass meds on, chart and do wound care. But this weekend I had 30 because we didn't have a third nurse for some reason or other. And no, I couldn't get everything done.
I can tell you that I have ended up in tears a few times at work. And I'm always waiting for that phone call on Monday giving me hell for missing something or other.
It does get better, I promise. I keep telling myself the same thing...it gets better.
I like my residents, even the needy ones who can consume a lot of my time. I had one this weekend who was terribly upset and acting out. She needed TLC. I made a phone call to someone special to her and my resident talked to her. Not even 10 minutes after getting off the phone this LOL was sound asleep. When she woke up she was in much better spirits. This made my day