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As an LPN, where do you work, what do you do? Do you work in a hospital, doctors office, LTC facility? If you work in a hospital, what department do you work in? What type of doctors office do you... Read More

  1. by   mumpet5
    I am Pediatric Home Health, I get 17 an hour , I go into peoples homes, have worked with g tubes, j tubes, central lines, colostomy bags, trachs. So far, I haven't had a child who is on a vent. I am in New Mexico
  2. by   Crueltiming
    I work in Behavior Health (pediatric). I have worked at several locked facilities in the Phoenix area as a registry LPN, but now work full time at a residential treatment center for male teenage sex offenders. I have been there full time for a year, but worked at this exact same facility as a temp for 2 years, so I knew the clients, staff, and system real well. If you want a challenge, try working with a SO population. Daily I find myself tested to the limits of my impartiality(is that a word?) and, on occasion, my professionalism. We keep our clients approx 18 months (less if they cannot program, act out, keep failing polygraphs etc). The line between nursing and behavior health techs are fairly blurred, at least at some of the facilities I have worked in the Psych field. You can even find yourself performing pat down searches of clients in some facilities, acting more as a security guard than a nurse, which I personally never cared for. There are alot of plus and minus working where I do...but overall, it seems to balance out...for now

    Respectfully
    Crueltiming
    Mesa, Az
  3. by   sonja77
    i work nights in a hospital on a medical/telemetry floor. i do pretty much the same job as the rns here, except i do not start blood transfusions (i can monitor the pt. after the first 15 minutes), i do not give cardiac ivp meds and i do not do the admission assessment on a new pt.

    i do hang ivpb, start ivs, do treatments, pass meds, give ivp meds, ...
  4. by   NurseAngie
    Quote from miracle1986
    Are you going on for R.N.?????

    As an LPN, you can work in:

    A. LTC / Personal Care Homes / Skilled care facilities....you will be a charge nurse. In charge of all C.N.A.'s (overseeing that they do their job). You will do drug passes, all diabetes care, trach care, G-tube care. Lots of charting. Answer doctors calls, do rounds....take orders. Every state is different with the duties...but this is general info.

    B. Hospital. You can work the med-surg floors.

    C. Doctor's offices will hire LPN's usually if the M.D. is a specialist. YOu will do vitals, take present complaints, pass out needed orders once M.D. has seen patient.

    I would dive into skilled nursing facilities. You will learn soooooooooooooo much and work so hard. It is a rush.
    Good Luck !



    AND CORRECTIONS! I currently work at the county jail (and worked at a county jail in Virginia before moving here) and I really like it. I earn a fair wage ($690 wk. before taxes at 40 hrs. a week...you do the math) and the job is not difficult. I see people from various populations in this jail and I learn a lot. We have a terrific PA (as well as a F/T MD) and I just love learning from her. My co-workers are all nice, but it can be a like anywhere...we can get on eachother's nerves. Still...I know they'll be there if I need them and vice-versa. Some are really experienced nurses and they teach me a lot, especially since I'm in a LPN-ADN program too.
  5. by   skittlebear
    I work with mentally and/or physically challanged adults in a home care setting. Pass medications to 8-30 clients, administer breathing tx's, catheterizations, Trach care, lots of G-tubes, illeostomy and colostomy care, and anything else that may come along. Great pay, but can be stressful at times depending on which house or houses you are assigned to.
  6. by   blueberrybon
    Okay, I posted earlier saying that I hope to be working in an office 8 - 5 soon.

    Well, the job came through and I start on Monday. This will be my very first job as an LPN and I'm more than nervous.

    It is at a pediatrics office where from what I can tell, I will be doing pretty much a medical assistant's job, but hope it will turn into more as time goes on.

    I'm nervous because I'm afraid that I'll be so green that even the medical assistants will wonder how I ever got through LPN school.

    Any positive helpful hints for new job jitters would be welcome.

    Blue
  7. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from nurseangel47
    If stress is a factor in your decision making process, try a doc's office, pay is NOT everything! LTC can be overwhelming and could prevent you from even wanting to pursue a higher degree in nursing! also could create burnout earlier than later.
    So true!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. by   AprylLPN
    I graduated in August and have been working Med/Surg since i passed boards in Sept. Some days are definatly better than others, but when i stop to think about ALL that I have learned it is worth it. Pay isnt everything, especially when your new and need to learn. At least that is how I feel. As for LTC, all my classmates that went to nursing home after school feel that they havent learn much except how to pass pills in a mad dash due to the amount of pills and patients. I cant say how true that is, only what I have been told. I have learned about meds, IV's (fluids and starts), lots of different disease processes and so much more.
  9. by   ChocolateSundae
    Hi there. I am just wondering if you can give me a little information about how LPN school went for you. I am in school now for medical assisting because there is a waiting list for LPN's. They tell me I can get into the March (Spring) classes for LPN but I am wondering if it is going to be to my benefit or if I should just finish the MA program. I live in a small town and the only real opportunities here are in the medical field and then the pay is not that great. My sister works through an agency as an LPN and she works for the prison systems around the area. They pay her really well and all I can think about is how rewarding that would be for me and my 2 children. The agency pays no less than $20 per hour and the hours are not that bad. Sometimes she doesn't get off until really late but only because she decided to go back to school and pursue becoming an RN. I have an AA degree in Business Administration but its almost impossible to use here in this small town. I am a single mom trying to make the best choice for my family. Any input you can give me will be helpful. Thanks very much.

    Quote from blueberrybon
    Okay, I posted earlier saying that I hope to be working in an office 8 - 5 soon.

    Well, the job came through and I start on Monday. This will be my very first job as an LPN and I'm more than nervous.

    It is at a pediatrics office where from what I can tell, I will be doing pretty much a medical assistant's job, but hope it will turn into more as time goes on.

    I'm nervous because I'm afraid that I'll be so green that even the medical assistants will wonder how I ever got through LPN school.

    Any positive helpful hints for new job jitters would be welcome.

    Blue
  10. by   blueberrybon
    Hi Chocolate Sundae,

    I guess I would say "I don't know."

    As far as I know, a lot of the nursing jobs can be quite similar, but the pay can be quite different. If you go for the LPN of course, you will most likely make a little more money.

    I'm so new in the field that I can't really be a knowlegeable source of information.

    I do wish you all the best, and hope that which ever way you decide to go turns out to be the right way.

    Blue
  11. by   realnursealso/LPN
    I work at an environmental camp for school age children. It is located at a resort in the Adirondack Mts. The children come there with their teachers from their own school district, but are taught by teachers who are employed by the camp. Some school groups stay for 5 days, some 3 or 4. I am equvilant to a school nurse. Some of the children are on routine meds, and some have prn's that are given if they complain of pain or discomfort. I fix alot of boo boos during the day, and sometimes I give hugs to those who are homesick. I started with this company last fall, the fall season runs from September until December. My site was done the day before Thanksgiving. I LOVE MY JOB! The only day that is super busy is on mondays, when the kids arrive. Other than that I am at my station before and after meals and before bed, some schools request 24 hour coverage, and if they do, I am paid more. All that involves is getting up if they call and taking care of a sick child. I was only woken up once the 2 times this was requested. My camp runs through the school year, d/t the fact that all of our sites are located at summer camps and they are running in the summer. The spring season runs from March til June. I work for a local homecare company on the off months. I must say this is the calmest I have been at work in all my 27 years of nursing. Room and board is provided at no charge. I am a divorced mother of two grown children, and live with my elderly parents when camp is not in session. The salary is out of this world, and I got a substantial raise for spring, because I am a returning staff. We have 14 sites in New England. I found this job in the want ads, under medical. I must say my first thoughts were this can't be real, but it is. Not everyone could pack up and go for months at a time, but for me it works. I am close enough to go home on weekends if I want or need to. We work Monday thru Friday, every weekend off. The children leave by 12 or 1pm on Fridays. I really enjoy what I do. So the possibilities are endless on what LPN's do. Just find something you love and go for it.
  12. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from joyrck9
    I work at a hospital in NYC an a med/surg floor. I have been working here for just over a year now and have learned soo... much. Here the LPN is responsible for med passes(po, IV, injections..), treatments, patient teaching, starting IV's, assist RN in implementing the plan of care, assisting in codes. The only things this hospital does not allow LPN's to do is hang blood and perform the INITIAL assessment upon admission.
    joyrck9, what hospital are you working in? I saw a few coincidences in your post...1 is that you live in NYC (I live in Queens, NY), and 2. that part of your screen name is "joy" and that is my first real name. Also, I was doing many of the skills that you do at my hospital, but I only spent 6 weeks there before my permanent assignment in the Adult Primary Care Clinic. Have a great week!
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Crueltiming
    I work in Behavior Health (pediatric). I have worked at several locked facilities in the Phoenix area as a registry LPN, but now work full time at a residential treatment center for male teenage sex offenders. I have been there full time for a year, but worked at this exact same facility as a temp for 2 years, so I knew the clients, staff, and system real well. If you want a challenge, try working with a SO population. Daily I find myself tested to the limits of my impartiality(is that a word?) and, on occasion, my professionalism. We keep our clients approx 18 months (less if they cannot program, act out, keep failing polygraphs etc). The line between nursing and behavior health techs are fairly blurred, at least at some of the facilities I have worked in the Psych field. You can even find yourself performing pat down searches of clients in some facilities, acting more as a security guard than a nurse, which I personally never cared for. There are alot of plus and minus working where I do...but overall, it seems to balance out...for now

    Respectfully
    Crueltiming
    Mesa, Az
    I would be especially challenged not to castrate some of them... Sounds like you have a very interesting job! How long did you work with this population?

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