I'm an LPN that hasn't practiced in 10 years. I've kept my lince current and also hold a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). For the post 4 years I've worked med/surg and ortho dealing with in-pts as a PTA. This has kept me up to date on many disorders, treaments, and meds.
I plan on going to wotk part-time as an LPN. Unfortunately I haven't given meds in almost 10 years and don't feel safe giving so. I have 3 questions to ask.
1. What are LPN med duties like in extended care
2. any good suggestion for "math for meds books"
3. What is my best option (besides homecare) to avoid giving meds.
I really appriecate any help/suggestions.
Try Pickar, Gloria, Dosage Calculations. Go through it cover to cover. Excellent self teaching book and CD.
In either situation that you mentioned you will eventually have to deal with meds. Get a curent drug guide for nurses and just take the time to look up everything before you give it. In no time you will start to feel like a pro again. Those of us who have been in practice continiously still stop to look up things. Even common things as you do forget, and no one can remember everything about every med they give. Make that med guide your constant companion. Don't worry it is not that bad. I promise you will get back into the swing of it very fast if you take the time you need in the beginning to just look it up if in doubt.
Last edit by Agnus on Mar 13, '02