I Just Lost My First LPN Job - page 2

It took me almost 6 months to find a job as a LPN after passing the nclex. I was let go from a LTC facility after 3 weeks of orientation (there is a 90 day probation period). What sealed my fate was... Read More

  1. by   em1025
    Keep us updated on how it goes!!! Congratulations
  2. by   jeriksmoen
    I agree with MC3's comment about home health not necessarily being the right choice. In addition to the lack of time, the other downside to home health is that you don't have anyone to give you a second opinion. Whether one of your patients "can't move his neck" and it turns out to be that he worked too hard in PT yesterday and not tetanus, or a patient has an area of little red dots that itch that turns out to be scabies and not just a heat rash; there's a whole lot the books don't cover. Heck, it took an entire day of watching another nurse before I got the steps to injecting insulin correctly!

    I know it's frustrating, but their are long-term care places out there that will hire and train you. Also, I've talked to several classmates who started as a CNA at a place (even though they were an LVN/LPN), and they moved up within a month or two (and with a lot better knowledge of the residents!).
  3. by   NurseGuyBri
    I agree with both posts on home health. Every nurse, no matter what the job description, has a difficult job. Sometimes, chosing to do the right thing and the good thing is harder, and some jobs require you to make that decision. For instance, you can be a crappy home health nurse and the job is "easy". You can also be a crappy SNF Nurse and the job is "easy". It's the preson that makes the difference. Every area I've worked in has been H A R D to the max, because I always believe that putting in the effort is what it takes to be a good nurse. There is no easy nursing job if done right...
  4. by   Stranded55
    You didn't lose them, they lost you by treating you badly and not being supportive. Consider yourself lucky.