Hi all, sorry if this is too much for one post!
I've been in healthcare for 10+ years, LPN 5+
I am searching for a new job and have narrowed current offers to two: Float position in LTC (SNF,dementia,psych focused facilities) and a LPN position in a county jail. I currently work in an Ambulatory Clinic so either position would be a big change.
I've read all I can get my hands on as far as "would you be a good fit" and things I wish I had known type articles, and talked to the RN who would be the supervisor in the jail.
My concerns about the corrections position are:
How can I avoid over stepping my scope? Duties include being the only nurse in the unit (after orientation/safety training/direct supervised shifts) doing intakes of new patients, medpass, and monitoring detoxing patients.
- Less intense questions come to mind: what do I do with my long hair? How can I secure it without causing safety issues with it being an inmate setting? Should I stick solely with my pewter scrubs and ditch my dark navy blues in concern of potential gang colors- how can I make it easier to be taken seriously as a professional and not increase likelihood my appearance could cause issues?
- new management in the company and some of the locations have some "extra" drama relating to this
- Float position so I wouldn't have my "own" hall/cart/set routine of patients/team - not negative just finding strategies to make myself as effective as possible
- Medpass focused, high patient to nurse ratio but doesn't seem out of the "norm"
- How can I make myself as efficient as possible if I take on this role meeting needs and being able to assess and monitor patients appropriately?
Waiting for the benefits packages of each to review.
What are things that draw you to or send you running away from positions?