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Accepted my first job...I'm scared!!

  1. 0 Hi Guys,

    Well, my job search has been fruitful. I wanted to work in acute care, but the only hospital hiring new grad LVN's is 1.5 hours away from my house. I ended up accepting a position at a local SNF. It is a clean, prfessionally run facility and the acuity level is fairly low. The fear comes in as I think about being able to handle 30 patients. I will have several weeks of training. Any words of advice and/or encouragement would be appreciated. I figured that I might as well work close to my home and be initiated into LTC since that setting is the main option for LVN's in my area.

    Anxiety is ruling my life right about now! I start in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks, T
  2. Visit  tiona profile page

    About tiona

    From 'Northern CA'; 54 Years Old; Joined Nov '03; Posts: 95.

    11 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  J Lynn profile page
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    I'm about to start job hunting myself and i'm scard to death. It's hard for an LPN to find a job in my area so that means traveling. I wish you the best. The most important thing is that you want to get up and go to work every morning. I keep telling myself that has to come before money. Let us know how your first day goes.
  4. Visit  nursemichelle profile page
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    Sorry, but what does SNF stand for? I've racked my brain and none of the things I'm coming up with could possibly be right! :chuckle
  5. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    SNF = Skilled Nursing Facility.

    Good luck!
  6. Visit  nursemichelle profile page
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    Ohhhhh, so what exactly is a skilled nursing facility (a hospital???) Geesh, I'm soo clueless lol!
  7. Visit  MsZurlo profile page
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    Skilled nursing facility = long term care = convelascent home.
  8. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    :chuckle LTC centers. Best of luck to you. I have worked in many LTC centers. It's a challenge! After you work LTC's you can go on TV's "Fear Factor" because if you can work LTC's then fear is not a factor for you. :hatparty:
  9. Visit  HannasMom profile page
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    My facility is both an ICF and a SNF. In a skilled nursing facility we care for patients who come from the hospital, with any from hip replacements, fx's, pneumonia, MRSA, etc. They often come with PICC Lines, IV's, Wound Vacs, Oxygen needs, healing from surgery, on and on. I'm a IV Therapy Certified, LPN and I also care for 28-33 residents. Some are ICF, some are SNF. Without SNF, the patient would have to go home, that can be difficult for the patient and the family. Medical Insurance is the reason we now need SNFs.

    I love my job, due to the fact I have learned so much here. Plus, I keep on learning. Yes, I was scared at first, but I received a 3 week orientation on all shifts, even though I work night shift. It has been a positive experience for me. I hope it will be that way for you. The elderly need a caring nurse, someone who enjoys their work. I bet you will do fine.
  10. Visit  Roozeyk profile page
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    I say...Hats Off to anyone that does LTC (nursing home) work...it takes special nurses to work in that area. I worked in that area for a little while, but it's just not for me, so God bless everyone that works in that field!!
  11. Visit  J Lynn profile page
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    tiona..............

    [color=#f4a460]how's the job?
  12. Visit  michelle95 profile page
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    SNF is not necessarily the same thing as LTC. Usually in SNF you have more acute patients. They are either recovering from something or are sick. In LTC, most folks are pretty healthy...just can't take care of themselves.

    I worked SNF at a hospital for 3 years. 10 patients was our max (most of the time we had 6-8) and that was rough. I started a job at a LTC/SNF and was going to take care of 20 SNF patients...I made it through the night and promptly quit the next day. Too much responsibility. The other nurses that work there said they normally don't leave work until about 2-3 AM (3-11 shift). And, that's just a normal night with minimal problems.

    I can handle 30+ LTC folks...but not SNF patients. I'm wondering how you guys do that. These folks have so much going on that I feel it's unsafe to take care of so many. But, we all know how corporate is...they want to make the biggest buck that they can.
  13. Visit  RXconnecticut profile page
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    LOL
    Quote from tiona
    Hi Guys,

    Well, my job search has been fruitful. I wanted to work in acute care, but the only hospital hiring new grad LVN's is 1.5 hours away from my house. I ended up accepting a position at a local SNF. It is a clean, prfessionally run facility and the acuity level is fairly low. The fear comes in as I think about being able to handle 30 patients. I will have several weeks of training. Any words of advice and/or encouragement would be appreciated. I figured that I might as well work close to my home and be initiated into LTC since that setting is the main option for LVN's in my area.

    Anxiety is ruling my life right about now! I start in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks, T
    I think that not just in nursing but any avenue of work that calls for dedication & "your all'...you have to be mentally..remember mentally organized...not just paper because it's just not always handy...just like an arithmatic problem...some can & most can't mentally see the "imaginary" problem... if you can "lay-it-out" in your mind as you would on paper than that will really help you..it's really hard to explaine but organization is thwe key to most any occupation. Hope this helps.LOL


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