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  1. 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 . Please reply.
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  3. by   Tweety
    Sorry, don't think I can help you. Good luck and welcome!
  4. by   jnette
    Hello Mineral and WELCOME to Allnurses.

    It sounds to me like you have much potential, and I would certainly reconsider going to school once your daughter graduates... and I commend you for considering her needs at this important time in her own life.

    Perhaps it is now time to consider YOUR needs and desires as well. It's never too late. From what you have written here, I believe you would make a great RN with your attention to detail, charting skills, etc. It might open more doors of opportunity for you.

    Glad you were able to vent here, and feel free to think aloud here.. we all do... and somebody always manages to come up with just what you needed to hear !

    Wish you the very best in whatever you choose to do.

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