Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurses (LPNs / LVNs) - page 2

In the nursing profession, LPN is a commonly utilized acronym that stands for licensed practical nurse. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a licensed practical nurse is defined as a person... Read More

  1. Visit  MOLpN04 profile page
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    In Missouri, an LPN can be a Charge Nurse in LTC. At times, the LPN will be the only nurse in the building, though there is typically an RN on call (if she answers her phone or not is another story). We can hang some IV's, but don't do IV Push. We can also do blood draws.
  2. Visit  LPNJudy208 profile page
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    Help please! I am 60 yrs old & have been an LPN for 38 yrs. I graduated in '77 at the age of 22. I worked on 2 different units at a local hospital when I first graduated. I spent 4 yrs. On a Neurosurgical floor where I got all my critical care nursing skills & then, transferred to Maternity & worked there for 12 yrs. After leaving the hospital because my ex-husband & I opened a business, I worked first a as a substitute school nurse & then got a part time job in my son's school district. It was in an elementary school, Pre-K-2nd grade. It was such a fun job. Then, I in took 5 yrs. Off from nursing to work in the family business, which I ended up hating. In Nov. 2005, believe it or not, a fractured femur gave me the time off I needed to realized I really missed nursing. After my leg had healed, I got a job as a charge nurse in a wonderful Long Term Care Facility. It had a stellar reputation & long waiting lists to get in, as a resident. I started there in April 2006, nine yrs. ago. Unfortunately, in 2009, the wonderful family owned facility was bought out by an evil, very greedy, cold corporation. From that moment on, things went from bad to worse. I have been job searching for a yr. & am waiting for the DNS of a very reputable nursing home to call me back about my interview. The coporation that owns the facility & how they have run it into the ground, has made a condition I have worse. I have to leave. The job is making me sick!!!
  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Welcome! Are you still employed at the formerly family-owned LTC that was bought out by the greedy corporation? It is easier to get a job when you have a job.

    In addition, I'd hate to mention it, but your age might be a factor in the long job search. Ageism is sometimes a factor in the hiring process, unfortunately.

    Good luck to you!
    Quote from LPNJudy208
    Help please! I am 60 yrs old & have been an LPN for 38 yrs. I graduated in '77 at the age of 22. I worked on 2 different units at a local hospital when I first graduated. I spent 4 yrs. On a Neurosurgical floor where I got all my critical care nursing skills & then, transferred to Maternity & worked there for 12 yrs. After leaving the hospital because my ex-husband & I opened a business, I worked first a as a substitute school nurse & then got a part time job in my son's school district. It was in an elementary school, Pre-K-2nd grade. It was such a fun job. Then, I in took 5 yrs. Off from nursing to work in the family business, which I ended up hating. In Nov. 2005, believe it or not, a fractured femur gave me the time off I needed to realized I really missed nursing. After my leg had healed, I got a job as a charge nurse in a wonderful Long Term Care Facility. It had a stellar reputation & long waiting lists to get in, as a resident. I started there in April 2006, nine yrs. ago. Unfortunately, in 2009, the wonderful family owned facility was bought out by an evil, very greedy, cold corporation. From that moment on, things went from bad to worse. I have been job searching for a yr. & am waiting for the DNS of a very reputable nursing home to call me back about my interview. The coporation that owns the facility & how they have run it into the ground, has made a condition I have worse. I have to leave. The job is making me sick!!!
  4. Visit  LPNJudy208 profile page
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    Dear Commuter,
    The interview that I went on this past friday was the very first one. I felt like I, was the one interviewing the DNS as to whether HER facility was up to my high standards. I interviewed with her for 1 1/2 hrs. & then, she took me on a one hour tour of the beautiful 162 bed facility (50 beds are nn-nursing retirement rooms, 56 are long term care, 28 are a locked dementia unit & then there are 28 that are subacute or transitional as they call it. I have worked 33 out of the 38 yrs I have been an LPN (16 yrs in a hospital setting, first on a neurosurgical floor as a new grad followed by the maternity floor). I also, was a school nurse for 7 yrs at a Pre-K-2nd grade school in my son's school district. They changed the law in Ct. in '94, that you had to be an RN to be a school nurse. They told me that if I went back to get my RN, they would hold my job. But, I had already spent a yr. At a 3 yr. Diploma nursing school, right out of high school. It was Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing back in '73-'74 when I attended. Of course, the school closed yrs ago & now the hospital is the world famous Brigham & Women's. I am so proud I was able to spend even a yr tere, I learned so much. Chemistry was my downfall. Then, in '77, I became an LPN. By '91, I decided to pursue my Associate RN. I got an A in Algebra & English Comp & a B in Chem lab & a D in Chem lecture. You needed at least a B to apply to the nursing program after you did all your pre-requisites. That was the 3rd time I had taken Chemistry. In HS, I passed with a D, at Peter Bent I got an F & had to resign & finally after getting the D in Chem lecture, I said to myself, "you would probably make a FAIR RN but, you make a GREAT LPN!". I've been fine with being an LPN since then. Finally, I've been at this LTC for a full 9 yrs as a charge nurse. But, the corporation & the DNS is corrupt. I've got proof of abuse that is being covered up, as I am the nurse that the 98 yr old female resident confided in. The DNS told the police officer during his investigation, that the male CNA, with multiple accusations against him, would be taken off the schedule immediately & would be off till the investigation was complete. That SAME KNOWN ABUSIVE CNA was back working the evening of the reported abuse!!!! And, that's not the only abuse that has been been covered up. Any suggestions?


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