Hey everyone. I just graduated nursing school with my LPN and have started my first job. Every night before work I stay up late worrying about having to go in. My anxiety is at an all time high. I am currently in a nursing home. Not sure if this is the right fit for me but any tips would be helpful! Thanks in advance.
Write out a generalized schedule for the shift and remember to be flexible. Have a list of how each resident takes their meds. Have a list for blood sugars and results. Things like that can really help one out. I usually have a small notebook with me to write down anything that needs my attention or charting. Another thing is to make sure you have a copy of the procedures for falls, sending to the hospital, death and things like that. If papers are needed for this, have a copy for each clipped together with the list of what to do. That way, you will not be fumbling for those things when needed.
You are new to the job and anxiety is going to come with it. It takes a long time to really get into the groove of your shift. It is normal to feel like we are not up to the job when we start out. It is also to feel that way when taking on a new job as I am this week.