We just graduated last night as LPN's.
Woo hoo! I'm in a laddered program so we now have one week off then start right into the RN program. Some are stopping at LPN and some are going on. We just have to pass the LPN NCLEX during our 1st semester which means by the end of December.
Here's what has me stressed. Of course I just finished a very tough LPN program -- three semesters back to back. I passed with very good grades. I have faith in myself with the NCLEX. So I feel like I'm very "booksmart". But I don't feel like I'm clinically prepared. I've never worked in healthcare before. I absolutely loved our clinical time and felt very comfortable -- but of course you have an instructor by your side
I want more hands on experience and now have the opportunity to work weekends or whatever as an LPN as I finish up my RN program over the next year. I know that patient contact is what I need for my self confidence as a licensed professional. I would love to work in one of the local nursing homes but I feel really strange going in off the street as an LPN when I've never worked as an aide. We did a semester of clinicals at a nursing home but that's it. Has anyone else been in this position and how did it work out? I really wish I had had the opportunity to start as a CNA. I would be so much more comfortable. Maybe this is just a normal feeling --- "am I really ready for this????"
Aug 21, '06
Don't worry! I was in your same situation too. I never worked as an aide and wen't straight into health care from LPN graduation.(Well, not right after graduation. Where I'm from you have to pass NCLEX and have your license in hand before you can practise as a nurse.) It's not a legal term to use GPN as far as offficial titles go. I do think that RN's can work as a graduate nurse though.
Anyway.. don't sweat it. You might feel a little like a fish out of water at first, but your training will kick in and you will do fine. Of course, you're not going to know everything there is to know, but you'll learn. Be patient with yourself and I promise you're going to do just fine. I've been an LPN for 8 years and there's still stuff I'm learning. I will give you an example of my first day on the job. The ADON at this LTC facility said "Hey you, go straight cath Mrs. X in room XYZ, right now!" I about freaked. I thought -- "You're asking ME?? The new girl??" I had been there all of about 30 minutes. But I went ahead and did it, I did just fine and it boosted my confidence. So push through the scary stuff, and get help where you need it. Don't be afraid to ask. Most people are quite willing to help you along. You have to start somewhere! So GO FOR IT!!
Last edit by NurseyTee on Aug 21, '06