Unhappy in Texas

  1. Hi, I am a LVN new to this site. I live in Texas and am very dissatisfied with the nursing opportunities where I live. I have been stuck in the long-term care environment for the past 2 years. I have attempted to obtain a nursing position in a hospital but they always want an RN. I have had some terrible LTC positions. I get irritated with the fact that things are constantly covered up. The facility I am at right now, has no organization. The filing system is terrible (new copies mixed with old patient's documents, mixed with vendor receipts). I receive several complaints from patients and doctors that go unnoticed. In an attempt to get out of this situation, I thought travel nursing was the key; but unfortunately, my attempts have been unsuccessful. My location choices are Colorado and Alaska. I plan on relocating to Alaska in the future. I am currently in an RN program and plan to attain my Associate's degree and test. I don't want to stop there. I just want to get out of this rut!!!!! I have worked in a couple nicer facilities in Texas but again if it is long-term care then things are the same.
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from katmai
    hi, i am a lvn new to this site. i live in texas and am very dissatisfied with the nursing opportunities where i live. i have been stuck in the long-term care environment for the past 2 years. i have attempted to obtain a nursing position in a hospital but they always want an rn. i have had some terrible ltc positions. i get irritated with the fact that things are constantly covered up. the facility i am at right now, has no organization. the filing system is terrible (new copies mixed with old patient's documents, mixed with vendor receipts). i receive several complaints from patients and doctors that go unnoticed. in an attempt to get out of this situation, i thought travel nursing was the key; but unfortunately, my attempts have been unsuccessful. my location choices are colorado and alaska. i plan on relocating to alaska in the future. i am currently in an rn program and plan to attain my associate's degree and test. i don't want to stop there. i just want to get out of this rut!!!!! i have worked in a couple nicer facilities in texas but again if it is long-term care then things are the same.
    and welcome to allnurses.com

    great to have you with us. just wanted to let you know you have come to a wonderful site to vent and get great advice.

    enjoy the forums.
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  5. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  6. by   NursesRock29
    Quote from katmai
    Hi, I am a LVN new to this site. I live in Texas and am very dissatisfied with the nursing opportunities where I live. I have been stuck in the long-term care environment for the past 2 years. I have attempted to obtain a nursing position in a hospital but they always want an RN. I have had some terrible LTC positions. I get irritated with the fact that things are constantly covered up. The facility I am at right now, has no organization. The filing system is terrible (new copies mixed with old patient's documents, mixed with vendor receipts). I receive several complaints from patients and doctors that go unnoticed. In an attempt to get out of this situation, I thought travel nursing was the key; but unfortunately, my attempts have been unsuccessful. My location choices are Colorado and Alaska. I plan on relocating to Alaska in the future. I am currently in an RN program and plan to attain my Associate's degree and test. I don't want to stop there. I just want to get out of this rut!!!!! I have worked in a couple nicer facilities in Texas but again if it is long-term care then things are the same.
    hi Kat! I'm new here too, but had a couple of comments for your post real quick. I'm sorry that you have hit a brick wall in nursing, that is a horrible feeling to have!! Especially to go from graduation when you have so much excitement and hope for nursing... just to be burned out in 3 years from working the wrong facilites. I have been there and it stinks!!
    Hopefully your RN career will "refresh" you like it is doing for me (I haven't graduated yet either, but sooooooooo excited about nursing again). And a side note about the hospitals not doing LPNs and wanting RNs.... I think that me be specific to your area or something. Up here (Oklahoma), LPNs are interchangable with RNs in the hospital... the only difference it not being Charge (and I have even seen that rule bend), and of course the pay. Good luck in school and you are welcome to PM me anytime, like I said I am new here and I would love to network with other LPNs that are student RNs.
    Hang in there
  7. by   austin heart
    Unfortunatly I think that Texas is moving towards an RN only enviroment in the hospitals. I have yet to work in a hospital here in Austin that still hires them, though there are a few still around that have been employees at the facility for awhile. The hospital I am at now is about 6 years old and they have never hired LVNs. I think that it is a new PI thing as hospitals are starting to advertise as "an all RN staff". I think that the public as a whole has educated themselves enough to know that there is a difference in an RN and an LVN (not knocking LVNs here). I can understand why LTC is getting old. I personally made a pact with myself to never work in a nursing home, it is just not me. Have you ever thought about working in a doctors office (that is what I did as a LVN)? I also believe that is some areas home health places are still using LVNs.
    Anyway, your prospects will be larger once you obtain your degree. Hang in there and good luck!
  8. by   mytoon38
    Hi Unhappy,

    I was an LPN for 25 years, so I understand your frustrations. I just got my R.N. degree a few months back. I just wanted to tell you, I did travel as an LPN, and my last assignment as an LPN was in CO. Try and call some Travel Companies. if you'd like, sendl me a private message, and I can give you more info!

    Good Luck!
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 12, '05 : Reason: delete email address and names of travel companies

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