Will I ever get out of LTC or am I doomed? - page 3
by JZ_RN 11,350 Views | 53 Comments
I am a newer grad. Graduated last summer. Only job that even gave me a chance is LTC/sub-acute rehab. I hate it. I want a hospital job, desperately. Even a clinic, anything but this kind of nursing. All I do is pass meds, do... Read More
- 1May 5, '12 by student foreverQuote from JZ_RNBelieve it or not, this post was extremely comforting to me! As a cna in AL I am considering lpn and I watch what the lpn's do and have decided for sure that I want to do this glorified babysitting for the decent wage that the lpn makes!
All I do is pass meds, do basic, and rushed assessments, irrigate foleys, change bedsore dressings, chart, do fall work, and get yelled at, and the population I care for (elderly, dementia, or rehab and very needy and frankly a lot of them are abusive and drug-seeking) feels like glorified babysitting.
Just goes to show that each one has to find the "fit" for themselves, and that "fit" will absolutely change overt time and the flexible person will be most contented if he/she goes for what drives them!
Good luck finding that new "fit" for yourself!
- 0May 5, '12 by student foreverQuote from JZ_RNThe lpn's at our place are stressed out, too, and there is a lot of turnover of cna's and lpn's. The newest lpn told me "don't work here" when I told her i had decided to enroll in lpn school nearby. One beef she mentioned is that the lpn's have to leave at 6:30 pm sharp because mgt does not want to pay over time and they usually stay till 8 or even 9 pm to get it all done!!!!! Her comment was right on: the 2nd shift res aren't done with dinner until 7 pm and the lpn's have to leave at 6:30!!!! YIKES. Makes one wonder, doesn't it?I had had a particularly bad day this day so maybe it does seem like I am more than frustrated. I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted by this job. Because of my exhaustion I can't have any life outside of work. I wish I could take a vacation. I really do. I love my patients, but when I literally run for 13 straight hours without so much as a break, lunch, or pee break (yeah I have a UTI right now) and the patients are demanding more, management is demanding more, and everyone piles on the work but never offers help, I feel like, what am I supposed to do? I want nothing more than to do a good job, but this place is killing me. 4 hours of med pass, then 3 of treatments, then 2 of charting, then usually a fall or a skin tear or a foley issue, or a screaming person, it takes 15 minutes of forms to give a PRN, no one to cosign anything, no one to relieve me, aides don't want to help, it's like drowning, never catching up.
I have this weekend off so at least I can sleep more than 6 hours before another 13 hour shift.
- 1May 5, '12 by JZ_RNQuote from student foreverThe lpn's at our place are stressed out, too, and there is a lot of turnover of cna's and lpn's. The newest lpn told me "don't work here" when I told her i had decided to enroll in lpn school nearby. One beef she mentioned is that the lpn's have to leave at 6:30 pm sharp because mgt does not want to pay over time and they usually stay till 8 or even 9 pm to get it all done!!!!! Her comment was right on: the 2nd shift res aren't done with dinner until 7 pm and the lpn's have to leave at 6:30!!!! YIKES. Makes one wonder, doesn't it?
Yeah we are not allowed any overtime either, but if I pass 3 hours of work onto the next shift they will hate me, I will get written up for not completing my tasks. and then they will get stuck staying too. I used to stay and finish it after I clocked out. But then I realized, that's illegal for them to force me to do it. So I called the manager one day and told her that if I was required to do this work they were required to pay me for it, or I was going home and she could come and finish all the paperwork since the next shift was already busy with their work.. she finally approved 1.5 hours of overtime, I got most of the hard stuff done for the next shift lol.
- 0May 5, '12 by Nurseof2012hi, im a new working lpn, and just the other day i did a double shift for the first time, and i'm not sure what was wrong with me, but i seemed to have counted one of the narcotics wrong, or i accidently popped it out... one of the other nurses noticed this. so ive been written up, and have gotten counseled/ lectured about it from the supervisor and the don.... to make it worse, the facility is filled with mostly one type of nationality of people, and they all seem to be talking alot in their own language... and i know news spreads fast around there, which just makes it embarrassing... ugh.. but does anybody know what happens after this? because the don did mention that she would have to tell the pharmacist, dr, and administrator... would they take further action other then the write up? this is all so depressing.. i feel like it should never of happened..
- 0May 6, '12 by JZ_RNNurse of2012-
At my facility when narc count is wrong they drug test the nurse to make sure she didn't "steal and divert it"
You shouldn't kill yourself over it though. Accidents happen.
And I HATE when everyone else I work with constantly talk extremely loud and gossip in a foreign language... very rude and disrespectful.
Not that you can hardly understand then when they do speak English though.
(I'm not racist I just can't understand what they say and it kind of makes work a lot harder)
- 3May 9, '12 by ElusiveSighOh good heavens JZ! You are absolutely not alone. I graduated last summer and took my boards in October - got a job in January in LTC and I could have written your post word for word. Most days I want to cry on the way to work and coming home from work. We have the same policy that we're not allowed overtime but if I try and pass on anything to the next shift they're extraordinarily angry. It's absolutely dreadful. I'm trying to stay positive and apply at various places but the economy is no bueno right now, so I'm not holding my breath, and hoping I can keep my license. Keep your chin up!
- 5May 11, '12 by dentyne628Reading these posts its as if I wrote them. I have been an LPN for 25 years the last 10 at a SNF. Where on the midnight shift one LPN may care for 60 patients and God help if a patient goes south. instead of complaining about our work conditions is there no way we can make our voices heard at the government level? Is there any organizations or lobbyist for our cause? Its not our patients or even the facilities we work at. Its the government and all their cuts. That's who we should be complaining to. How do we do this in a legal yet fruitful way?! Any suggestions?
- 5May 12, '12 by incrediblemeI TOTALLY understand. I am in my 3rd year as a nurse....and some days want to leave nursing all together. I do believe that LTC and rehab facilities need a serious overhaul. Hospital nurses cry about nurse to patient ratios...but no one seems to care that these people who are leaving the hospital are NOT stable and going to a facility where they can be one of 50 patients to one nurse. Its soo sad..
- 0May 18, '12 by kisziTempting as it is to join the ongoing debate, I prefer to answer the question posed by the OP. I want to encourage you not to lose hope of finding a job outside LTC coming from someone who has been there. My advice is to get all of the experience you can on the skilled or short term rehab unit of your facility, if that is an option. Then carefully edit your resume to play up your skills and experience that will be helpful to a hospital seeking to hire. When looking for positions in a hospital focus on SNF units or sub-acute. While some of these type of units are actually run as a separate facility as the hospital, and may not be the most desirable, just being connected with the hospital can be a foot in the door and a resume builder. This is the route I went; I worked in a hospital's SNF after starting my career in LTC. I could have gotten another hospital job after that but chose home health instead. Good luck!
- 6May 19, '12 by iceprincess492I haven't read the other comments but the only thing I have to say is please find something else to do that will pay your bills. The residents who live in SNF's do not deserve to have nurses who feel like you do caring for them. I have worked in LTC for 14 years and see it as so much more than glorified baby sitting. I wouldn't change the path my career has taken for anything.