RealNurseWitch, I am on here late tonight absorbing as much information about the nursing field as I can. I've been struggling since 1998 to make money in IT (only getting worse with the ever increasing outsourcing of IT to countries like India), and I truely have always wanted to take care of people. I never really took the leap toward nursing because I suffer from Aphthous Stomatitis (mouth ulcers, the ones that sometimes appear on my tongue are THE worst pain I've ever experienced) and am hearing-impaired (wear hearing aides). My wife and I have agreed that by the end of this summer if I'm not employed in IT or making a lot of money self-employed that I will start taking classes at UK (probably LCC or MCC, since it would be cheaper) toward obtaining my LPN. I do have 5 months of CNA experience (1997), so I know *something* about nursing. Besides, I get to hear about all kinds of things from my wife about nursing, LOL. Anyway, I thought that I would ask you if your place of employment would consider hiring an LPN whose entire nursing career has been spent in geriatrics (my wife has been an LPN since 1991, and has a superb reputation in western Massachusetts....we moved down here last July). She's been hinting at wanting to get out of working in the nursing homes, and trying a different setting. I know that she wants to go back to school, but she feels she doesn't have the smarts to do so. She says she feels very insecure as a nurse, that she would never do well enough academically to complete her education toward her RN license. I know otherwise, not a person in my lifetime have I met who is as organized and has as strong a memory and ability to pick up new material as fast as her. Being that she isn't very aggressive about her search for a better opportunity as a nurse, I'm complimenting her by doing the aggression part. If she sent you her resume (she applied to UK, but has heard nothing from them....I think it's due to her either working in nursing homes her entire career, or that her resume needs some work) would you mind forwarding it to your place of employment? We live in Sadieville, Kentucky, which is about a 45 minute commute to Lexington, and I realize that the commute to Frankfort would be even longer. We had to cancel her insurance because it was too expensive for us. She was paying $425+ per month for just the two of us, for CHA insurance. I need a lot of work on my mouth (correction of bite, removal of wisdom teeth and two others to create better spacing in my mouth, mouth guard to prevent me from grinding my teeth at night), and the fact that CHA wouldn't cover it was just the icing on the cake. I also wonder what I should do toward meeting my dream of becoming an LPN. Would I need to be a CNA for a year in the state of Kentucky before I can enter a nursing program or to even be an LPN? Are there any employers that you know of in or near Lexington that would assist with the costs of going to school to be an LPN? So many questions, I hope that I haven't chased you away! I'm just hoping to start on the path toward being a nurse (something that I have thought about for many years), and I want to see to it that my wife has the opportunity to further herself in her career. I know that she doesn't want to look back on her life as an old woman, and regret never doing anything with her career other than working in a nursing home.
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Hi there! Sorry that it took me so long to reply!
If you wish to stay in Lexington, I personally would probably recommend the VA. Great benefits, pretty nice people to work with, and I like the way the floors are set up. The downsides are: not much variety in your patients; they are mostly going to be middle aged-and older MEN. Also, it seemed like supplies were much more limited than in a private hospital, like the one that I work at.
Shriner's Hospital is also one place that I would KILL to work at, but it's really difficult to get hired on there. Virtually NO turnover.
If you wouldn't mind driving a little bit, you can come work at Frankfort Regional Medical Center with me!
Not a bad place to work at all. During the flu seasons, it can be one hellish place to work, but the rest of the year, it isn't bad.