Hello fellow nurses:
I am a new graduate RN. I did not work as an LPN/LVN/CNA/CMA before getting my RN, so my experience is limited to volunteer work and helping my mom a social worker in the numerous LTC facilities she worked in. During nursing school I was an assistant manager at a retail store, so I have background in management.
I felt the need to put my background up because my DON said that she doesn't hire new grads but she was impressed with me and another new grad (LVN) of both our resumes and interviews.
I love working with the geriatric population, and that's what drew me to nursing and LTC, and I really LOVE my facility, and it would be the one I would want my family in. They have many little things that they do that makes me know that this is a great place. For starters, everybody (from administration to housekeeping) knows their role and they complete, it but they are willing to help each other with a smile. We have a 50 dollar rule where we could go out and spend up to 50 dollars on a resident to replace something broken or just because they would like/use it, and we will be reimbursed. The facility is very CLEAN! The residents just seem happier because they are getting good care, and it shows in so many ways!
Now that I have rambled on for 3 paragraphs, here is my question. I have had 2 days of orientation, and one more tomorrow, and then I ihave 2 days off, and then I come back and I'm on my own!!! I'm nervous, and while I feel I can do it, I would like to have any tips from anybody who has worked in LTC. I will love advice from everybody, RN's, LVN/LPNs, CNA's, CMA's, etc.