What a great time to be an LPN - page 2

by libran1984

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I felt like writing something positive today!! 1. This poor patient today came into the Emergency room after avoiding her last three dialysis appointments. Her fistula was in her thigh with previous fistulas in both arms.... Read More


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    Awesome! And where do you live for LPNs to be in the ED?
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    Thanks for the motivation! did you have many years of IV experiences or you're just good like that? I'm a new grad, never done an IV on a real patient before. So I'm quite super nervous. I mean some say visible ones are bad ones, others say visible one are okay. So I'm super confused and never attempted to try. any advice?
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    When I started at the ER at the beginning of 2011, I had only successfully started an IV on 2 people. In Indiana, our license does not have specific restrictions on what we can or cannot do. It is left to the the employer to decide.

    I oriented with medics, LPNs, and RNs. Each provided me with insight to getting a good stick. It took me about 15 months before I became really good and eventually became a "go to" nurse for IV starts.

    Just last year, I started drawing arterial blood gases and found I'm really good at that too!


    Several months ago I was administering Dilaudid and zofran (not at the same time) through a port and this patient was a retired RN. She questioned my ability to administer any kind of parenteral medication. I told her the hospital trains all licensed employees on IV / Port & other various central line administrations. As I thought about it, I went around and asked our ASN & BSN nurses if they spent moderate to extensive time learning how to administer IVP medication and associated skills in their respective programs. All said they learned how to administer the meds at hospital and unit orientation. So it always baffled me when people cite formal education level to administer IVP meds. It's really not that hard or scary. One BSN grad tried to push PO liquid Benadryl. Another BSN told multiple patients that zofran was an antibiotic. LOL. It's not your degree that matters; it's how much you pay attention that makes medication administration so serious.

    So always practice within your scope and always do your best!!! Never stop trying to learn
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    Quote from libran1984
    When I started at the ER at the beginning of 2011, I had only successfully started an IV on 2 people. In Indiana, our license does not have specific restrictions on what we can or cannot do. It is left to the the employer to decide.

    I oriented with medics, LPNs, and RNs. Each provided me with insight to getting a good stick. It took me about 15 months before I became really good and eventually became a "go to" nurse for IV starts.

    Just last year, I started drawing arterial blood gases and found I'm really good at that too!

    Several months ago I was administering Dilaudid and zofran (not at the same time) through a port and this patient was a retired RN. She questioned my ability to administer any kind of parenteral medication. I told her the hospital trains all licensed employees on IV / Port & other various central line administrations. As I thought about it, I went around and asked our ASN & BSN nurses if they spent moderate to extensive time learning how to administer IVP medication and associated skills in their respective programs. All said they learned how to administer the meds at hospital and unit orientation. So it always baffled me when people cite formal education level to administer IVP meds. It's really not that hard or scary. One BSN grad tried to push PO liquid Benadryl. Another BSN told multiple patients that zofran was an antibiotic. LOL. It's not your degree that matters; it's how much you pay attention that makes medication administration so serious.

    So always practice within your scope and always do your best!!! Never stop trying to learn
    Def. awe-inspiring u sound like a really great nurse
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    Quote from libran1984
    When I started at the ER at the beginning of 2011, I had only successfully started an IV on 2 people. In Indiana, our license does not have specific restrictions on what we can or cannot do. It is left to the the employer to decide.

    I oriented with medics, LPNs, and RNs. Each provided me with insight to getting a good stick. It took me about 15 months before I became really good and eventually became a "go to" nurse for IV starts.

    Just last year, I started drawing arterial blood gases and found I'm really good at that too!

    Several months ago I was administering Dilaudid and zofran (not at the same time) through a port and this patient was a retired RN. She questioned my ability to administer any kind of parenteral medication. I told her the hospital trains all licensed employees on IV / Port & other various central line administrations. As I thought about it, I went around and asked our ASN & BSN nurses if they spent moderate to extensive time learning how to administer IVP medication and associated skills in their respective programs. All said they learned how to administer the meds at hospital and unit orientation. So it always baffled me when people cite formal education level to administer IVP meds. It's really not that hard or scary. One BSN grad tried to push PO liquid Benadryl. Another BSN told multiple patients that zofran was an antibiotic. LOL. It's not your degree that matters; it's how much you pay attention that makes medication administration so serious.

    So always practice within your scope and always do your best!!! Never stop trying to learn
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! For being honest, being positive & telling it like it is!!!! I have been doing IV for about 3 months & I can admit that I suck at it! I try my best & I can't wait to eventually become good at it. Most nurses tell me not to worry & that I too will eventually be good at it. I just push myself so hard & I really do try. The most important thing I have to keep reminding myself is that it is a skill set so with practice, I too will develop this skill. Thank you again!!
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    So great to see a positive post. I'm glad you love being a nurse.
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    You go! Great LPNs have saved this RN's butt too many times to count.
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    You rock! Thanks for sharing your success.
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    Awesome post. Good to hear you're rockin it at your job. Best of luck with the possible position.
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    This is a wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing!


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