new LPN night nurse

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    Hello to all this is my first time on here and I wanted to know if anybody have any advice for me working in ltc night nurse..I am nervous because this will be my first LPN job...any advice is greatly appreciated thanks in advance
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    When giving a handoff report give objective data and do in fact round on clients. Do something like "rr even and unlabored. Mild snoring noted" Do rounds an hour or two right before shift change just to make sure no one fell during the night and save the day nurse a major headache from balancing send out sheets, AM med pass, etc.

    Keep logs on the work you do and paper work you file because night shift always gets dumped on since mgmt isn't around to witness how much work u really DO perform
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    Thank you so much
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    my friend advised me its not a good idea as a brand new nurse to work night shift coz its more like you are on your own when something happens
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    You'll probably get many more comments but my word of wisdom is to be ever-vigilant about you narc count. Never take anything for granted ... nobody will hear when you say you didn't give any percosets and your count comes up short!!! It's your problem now!

    Inattention and being overly trusting of others can sink your count so BE CAREFUL!
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    I actually think night shift might be a good shift for a grad to work. It's not quiet but it's a different kind of busy. Less people around interrupting, phone calls family members etc etc.

    I agree with all the advice given so far. Round as often as you can especially in LTC. Utilise your CNAs make sure they are doing their job but treat them as equals and as your colleagues, they work so hard and do not appreciate being treated poorly by the new graduate nurse!

    Make a brain (or search the thousands that are on allnurses) and alter it to your liking.
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    Thank U all much
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    Quote from tyquicha
    Hello to all this is my first time on here and I wanted to know if anybody have any advice for me working in ltc night nurse..I am nervous because this will be my first LPN job...any advice is greatly appreciated thanks in advance

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    Working noc shift is hard but you can and will be fine. You need to establish s routine and tweek it to work for you. Make sure that they have list of duties for you. Good luck
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    Quote from tyquicha
    Hello to all this is my first time on here and I wanted to know if anybody have any advice for me working in ltc night nurse..I am nervous because this will be my first LPN job...any advice is greatly appreciated thanks in advance

    Awww my first LPN was psych but my second was nights as I didnt stay at psych unit but a month. I LOVE nights. Its easy as heck(in a sense) you have more time to spend getting to know patients etc, you can take time with your assessments. Dont have to rely so much on CNAs etc. I was fortunate enough to work with other nurses on other units who were very helpful in helping me. Especially when I notice something is wrong I then have them to see if its the patients baseline. Dont get me wrong I still need help with certain things...but i would definitely say that NOC are better than days any day


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