hi.........I am here to introduce myself. I am an LPN, have been for little over 2 years. I live in a small rural community with a very small hospital. I started out working at the hospital in acute care, actually we did everything because we are so small. I am also an EMT volunteer for the last 9 years. I started RN program just 3 months after I received my LPN and had to quit because I was burnt out. I am 45 years old have one daughter that is graduating this year and I wanted to give her my full attention. They only grow up once, then they are out on their own. I am IV certified also, which not too many LPN's are around here. About 6 months after I started at the hospital I was offered the position of Director of resident care at an Assisted Living facility. I was under the training of an RN consultant who was suppose to come and teach me my job. Well, that was not the case. She had to drive nearly 2 hours to our town and she hated it, so she only came once a month. I was in charge of 35-40 residents myself, on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I had to get help from the physicians in town and asked many questions of the RN's at the hospital. I knew that I was not qualified for this position because I have never been a supervisor. I had 15+ caregivers also. There were days that I felt I was going nuts. The Rn consultant keep telling that I was doing a great job. My documentation was excellent, also my assessments were very accurate. I also earned the respect of the physicians in this small town. I worked well with them. You learn fast to not tell them what you need but to suggest to them. I ended up quiting last summer. I worked there for 14 months. I felt good about the job because just before I left the state survey came through and not one nursing citiation!. Anyway, I took 2 months off to destress and was offered a job at the school district here (only one Jr/Sr high and one grade school). Again, I neede an Rn consultant and the district has not been able to find one, so I only do what my scope of nursing. I will be looking for a job about mid June and do not have a clue what to apply for. I only have 1 year experience in an acute care setting, 1 1/2 years of geriatricts. Does any one have any suggestions? Thanks for reading my nursing life story
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