Hi everyone! Two days ago I graduated from an LPN program. I start at a nursing home on Monday. I worked at this one before and know and trust the DON so that's a big +. Any tips, things not to do, etc?
First of all congrats to you!!! Tips? Always, Always, Always, put the residents first!!!! If it means you have to go over someone's head to get something done that you KNOW needs to be done -- do it! Trust your instincts and go with them, they're usually right!Don't ever be afraid to ask a question, especially when you're new, but even if you've been there 10 years --- there's no such thing as a stupid question! Give your CNA's the utmost respect, and they'll respect you in return. Don't ask your CNA's to do something that you wouldn't do yourself and help them out when time allows.
Best of luck to you!
Jan 5, '02
The first thing you're going to want to do is find a 'mentor', some one that you can trust to answer your questions (you're going to have a lot!). Ask questions and don't be afraid. Someone's probably going to roll their eyes and huff, but who cares!? You're not here for them! Be confident. Don't forget that 'stuff' they taught you in school. And use your 'newbie' enthusiasm to run rings around those nurses that huffed at you!
Jan 16, '02
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=deeppink]deeppink i too am a new lpn grad(august 2001) and work in a nursing home. i chose to work at a different nursing home than the one i worked at as an aide because i know there were aides there that would now have a difficult time with me as their nurse. i hated to leave but i love where i am now and feel i made the right choice. be sure that your friends know they will have to take orders from you and may not always like your decisions now that you are a nurse. don't let them disrespect you. you have worked hard to get where you are and you deserve respect! also, make sure the other nurses treat you as an equal and don't continue to see you as an aide. good luck to you! i am now in a 2 year rn program. are you going to further your education?:d