I work in the float pool of the hospital system in our town. It has two campuses. One is the main medical complex (med/surg floors, ER, ICU, OB, etc), the other is mental health and a LTC facility. I haven't been trained in LTC yet because they didn't have an opening when I finished my mental health training. So I've been floating. When I'm in the mental health unit I get to work as an LPN. But on the medical units, all I can do is CNA work. I am sooooo frustrated, half the time I come home and cry. My boss promised me with the first schedule of the new year I could train in the LTC unit. But once that's done and I go back to floating and I'm as frustrated as I am now I want to quit.
I know why then am I in the float pool? It was because I needed a job immediately when my husband lost his. I wasn't yet an LPN but was going to get it soon. That was the only position in our system that would let me move up.
Any thoughts/advice for dealing with being an underused LPN, unappreciated LPN?