name - d.k.
age - 27
years of experience - 1.3 years
how was your experience with your studies? - tbh i felt very overwhelmed, was about a year and a half program crammed into a year with no breaks or time off.
how long it took to find a job after graduation? - about 4 months, but i can say i'm one of the few people in my class who works with a fulltime line.
how was your starting salary? - i started off at what i'm still at, 23.70$
where you work at (hospital, home-care)? - i work in ltc facility for people with dementia/ psychiatric/ behavioural issues.
for how long have you worked at this place? - just over a year
what led you to become a lpn/lvn? - the economy, needed a change, needed something more in life then being a welder/ machinist - i have always been a first aid attendant and enjoy helping others
on a normal day, how your workday begins? - report/ rounds/ reminding my hca's of anything going on, any residents that must be up and ready to go for apt's or if labs coming in to draw blood.
what are your duties during a normal day? - running the floor/ medications/ assessments - i have 8 hca's, 50 residents, and any number of family or md's to work with each day
do you apply intravenous and / or med? - iv medications are not within my scope at the moment; while i can hang and change ns i can not start an iv or add medications to an iv
at the end of the workday, what you do? at the end of my shift i make sure i have charted anything pertinent that has happened throughout the day, do my last round to make sure everything is in order for the next shift, then give report to the next nurse coming on.
did you do "double shifts"? - i have, if staffing is short then i stay for the next shift, pretty much just continue with everything listed above
how patients and patient's family treat you? - depends on the situation, and the person. i've had family be extremely rude and then i've had some be kind and understanding. i work with residents who have diminished cognition, so if i upset or a resident disagrees with something at that specific time, i can try again a few min later and generally change the outcome of negative or unhappy behaviour. it's one reason i love working with these people, once i find out what they like i can make every day a great day for them.
how your fellows lpns / lvns treat you? - most of the nursing staff here works very well as a team, since we don't really work side by side there's not much head butting, but during shift or if someone decides to stay after or come in early we bounce ideas around or talk about new things we have learned or heard.
how your fellow rns treat you? - my rn loves me as far as i can tell, always in good spirits, good humour, same as with my fellow lpn's we bounce ideas around and have good communication
what is your personal opinion about your professions? - couldn't ask for anything better, i get to come to work and have fun, make peoples days better, assist family's through everything from med changes to death and dying. deal with doctors on all levels, gp's and psyche mostly
what would you say to a person who study or think to study to become a lpn ? - make sure your inner self understands some medications will need to be administered rectaly lol, but i'd tell them it is a great thing to get into, id never go back, i only plan to move forward. if they want a job that allows them to do good in this world and always learn something new, become a nurse.
do you have any regrets about your profession? - hell no.
hope that helps.