New Grad RN as new DON?

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    New Grad RN as DON is a very bad idea, right??? Right?? Please give me some perspective, because I am just wondering. Is this even possible, has anybody experienced it before? Seems concerning to have somebody with no nursing experience as the DON!! Thoughts?
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    Unless they have experience as an LPN or such (and even than) I would say it is a bad idea.
    noc4senuf and Nascar nurse like this.
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    Surely you are kidding?!? As in the above response....only if a previous LPN with lots of LTC experience and management experience. Otherwise it's a recipe for disaster.
    mmm333 likes this.
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    No. No. NO. Please read thru the LTC threads and you can see why.
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    If you are a new grad with no LTC experience and someone offers you a job as a DON, RUN away as fast as you can. It's NOT the place for a new grad...or an old grad with no LTC experience.
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    Never, never, never, never. ..The staff will eat you alive as soon as the word is out. You will have no respect.
    IowaKaren likes this.
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    Quote from americanTrain
    The staff will eat you alive as soon as the word is out.


    Yep..that is exactly what will happen.
    mmm333 likes this.
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    Nope. Not a good idea...crazy, in fact.
    mmm333 likes this.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    If you are a new grad with no LTC experience and someone offers you a job as a DON, RUN away as fast as you can. It's NOT the place for a new grad...or an old grad with no LTC experience.
    I once started with a LTC facility where ADON was new grad(BSN of course).. No one respected her,, not even those who hired her.. I felt sorry for her,, she was clueless,, so we became after she tried to orient me to supervisor's job.. which was downright silly, and she said so at the time.. I finally just had to tell her to go apply at hospital and get experience and to refuse mgmt job they would surely offer.. She did ( and yes they did offer mgmt job) she worked there for 2 yrs, went back to school and now is NP, happy , successful, and great at her job.
    But I still think it was cruel to set anyone up to fail like that!
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    Hello. The idea of "having a new grad RN with no nursing experience as a DON" probably would NOT work out well for the patients, or the staff, or the new grad! Even my nursing pal who had over thirty years of great RN experience prior to taking her DON job is having a tough time due to the seemingly endless big struggles of a DON job. Though my DON pal says she basically likes the challenges of her job, unfortunately this DON job seems to have taken a serious toll on her quality of life---mega work hours, major stress, serious fatigue,less time for family,health changes including development of hypertension, and less patience in interactions with friends. A DON job is hard stuff even for an experienced RN! Best wishes on your thoughts about employment.
    pixie120 likes this.


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