New LPN and just got my first job!!! Terrified....

  1. So I graduated August 30, took my NCLEX by September 17th and FINALLY got my first LPN job here in Tucson, AZ.

    I got a job at a Skilled Nursing Facility and will have 30 patients to do med pass for. I have to admit that I am Terrified!!!! I know that I will get training (Not sure how much yet) and that everyone starts off as a new Nurse at some point in their life. I just really do not want to make a fool of myself.

    Any advice on what to expect and things to do when first starting out as a LPN?!
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  3. by   PinkNurse42
    Just remember that you are human. As a new nurse you are harder on yourself than anyone else. Make lists if you need to. Remember the Rights and start over if you need to. Good luck!
  4. by   nursebeachbum
    Never be scared of asking a question, use your resources and when you have to call a doctor have ALL your information. I have been a nurse for 21 years and you learn something new everyday. Remember you have chosen one of the most rewarding careers, I love being a nurse. There will be bad days but the good days will out way them. Good luck to you
  5. by   Cyndibelle
    I am in the same boat....Passed NCLEX a week ago..Got hired at my place of employment ( where i have been an STNA) for a few years. I have had two days of training so far...There is so much to learn and so much responsibility!! I keep telling myself, it will come easier with time!!
    Best of luck to you on your new journey!!
  6. by   garnetgirl29
    Congrtulations!! I'm was just hired for my first LPN job today, too!!
  7. by   jlhale01
    I am in the same boat. I just got hired to my first LVN position and pretty nervous. But I am pretty sure that the training you receive like mine will be for a week or two at least. I doubt they will toss you into the fire with minimal training. Hospitals out here in California give about 3 months of training before they let you to work on your own. Congrats on the job and best of luck too you.
  8. by   amygarside
    yep. it is only at first that you feel nervous and all.. as time goes by, everything would become a routine then
  9. by   andreasmom02
    Nobody knew it all the first day! If you need help, ask for help! It's normal to be nervous with any new job. I got my LPN in '08, and am starting a new job assignment tomorrow. Any time I start a new job I get nervous! lol My first LPN job was at a nursing home. It was understaffed and poorly managed. I got overwhelmed and quit after two or three shifts. I wish I had asked more questions, and stuck it out. My advice is give it a few weeks at least if you are overwhelmed the first couple of days...