Old New Grad. Advice Needed, Please!

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    Hello,

    I need advice on a new job that I started with an active living facility. Hoping for some advice here and do truly appreciate your time and expertise.

    This particular facility has about 200 residents with 80 something utilizing nursing services. Per shift we have one LVN, two medication techs and four or five care givers. At first the number needing assistance left me a bit nervous but after working with the other nurses, it seemed doable. With this, the other nurses have years of experience and I am really green as this is my first LVN job.

    I was given a couple of weeks of training, which I hoped would be enough, but the facility, learning the residents, staff, meds, charting, processing orders, new meds, handling falls, etc.. I felt overwhelmed the first couple of times on my own. Granted, I've only been on my own a couple of times. My supervisor could see my struggle and had me shadow one of the other nurses for a shift. I took copious notes to reference when I worked my next shift.

    Anyway- I was loving my new job, until the unprofessionalism with staff/management began noticeable to me. I desperately want this to work out as I adore the residents and I am learning so much which will only help me to grow as a nurse.

    The nurse supervisor took a while to respond to my recent schedule (which has changed since my school schedule changed), but when she did a red flag went up as she mentioned having me work particular days until further notice. She seemed upset with my limits of availability. When I interviewed, we did speak about school and my schedule changing each semester, so I'm not sure if she forgot or was hoping that my changes would not affect so many days. Anyway, I'm just devastated at the thought of being used to cover some upcoming shifts with intentions of kicking me to the curb.

    Am I over reading into this?

    Thank you in advance and sorry for the lengthy post.

    -Typing on my phone
    Last edit by LVN/RNBridge on May 5, '13 : Reason: typo
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    Why do you see being asked to work certain days until further notice as a red flag?

    On my unit, you would just be covering someone's rotation while they were on leave or sick with a major illness.

    What troubles me is the fact that you waited so long to work. In my part of the world you can't enter a bridge programme until you have 1700 documented hours of employment.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Why do you see being asked to work certain days until further notice as a red flag?

    On my unit, you would just be covering someone's rotation while they were on leave or sick with a major illness.

    What troubles me is the fact that you waited so long to work. In my part of the world you can't enter a bridge programme until you have 1700 documented hours of employment.
    I may be over thinking the statement regarding what I considered a red flag.

    As far as my bridge. I had 4 years of previous medical experience, but many many years ago.


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