should a new grad be a charge nurse - page 2

by nurseG2012 2,428 Views | 12 Comments

I am a new grad RN and was offered a charge nurse position at a LTC. I was told to expect about three weeks of orientation and then I would be responsible for 60 residents, 6 CNAs, and 2 LPN',.. I had worked in LTC previously as... Read More


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    Get the acute care experience. You can always go back to LTC if you want with your background and it is much harder to go from LTC to acute.
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    I don't think someone who's been a LPN for years should be considered a "new nurse" once they get their RN. I know plenty of facilities do just that, but it makes no sense. There's no comparison between a new RN who was a LPN and a new RN who wasn't.

    To the OP, if your passion is LTC,
    why leave? Despite what people seem to think, the hospital is not the end-all be-all of nursing. I worked in a hospital, and I know it's not for me. Way too much butt-kissing. Way too many emotional, demanding family members. And you actually have more autonomy in LTC. LTC is ran by NURSES and is all about NURSING. Hospitals, by necessity, are all about the medical side of it. It seems like hospitals RNs function mainly as extensions of the doctor, their entire job revolving around performing the doctors plan in his absence. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what it seemed like to me....
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    If your heart is in LTC, stay in LTC. No use running off to do something else, when all you may be doing is interrupting your eventual career path, anyway.
    I think the charge nurse issue is in LTC is a bit different than in an acute setting, especially since you're experienced as an LPN - I don't think there's anything wrong with starting as a charge nurse in that case.
    BrandonLPN likes this.


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