Crystal-Wings, LVN 998 Views
Joined Jun 16, '15 - from 'California'.
Posts: 45 (31% Liked)
When I did suctioning on the vent case I used to do I didn't wear gloves. The family didn't and the other nurse didn't. Only time they wore gloves was when the trach was changed, but I never did that because I worked the night shift and it wasn't changed then.
Does it count that my patient's cat acts all cute and gravitates to me??? She would wait for me almost every night by the door at the start of my shift and start mewing when she saw me, and would almost always be there at the door in the morning to be let in waiting for me and mewing. Other than that I don't think I have any super powers.
Facebook and nursing don't mix. It's never safe to post stuff about your class or work on social media where it could be seen by others! Get out of that group!
Avoid vocational rehab like the plague! They'll try and stick you in some low paying retail job or something like that. They aren't helpful at all in all of my experiences I've had with them.
Can you be an LPN/LVN for any of these jobs? I've never been good at the bedside because of anxiety issues and need an alternative!
I live in Cali. They took a YEAR to send me my license. They are awful!
People that think LPN's aren't "real nurses" are just ignorant. Plain and simple.
The personal space issue and talking about the same thing over and over again and her not knowing how to act appropriate in social situations sounds a little bit like asperger's syndrome. I have it, and sometimes I'm not aware that I offend people with the things I say, although I have learned a bit more how to read social cues. I'm also mostly introverted though, which she doesn't seem to be.
Have you tried contacting your state's department of rehabilitation? They help people with disabilities find jobs and get accomdations. Have you thought of home health (shift work home health, not visits).
Does the school you went to for your LPN program offer it? Mine did. If they don't, you might try checking online. Some community college might even offer it they have an LVN/LPN program.
The same company that fired me called me a year later and asked me if I would "come back" and work for them. They told me they were going through old records of nurses that used to work for them because they were desperate to fill in positions. I asked them if they remembered that they fired me. When they said no, I immediately told them I had a lot more experience now than I did when I worked for them because I work for a home health agency that actually took the time to train me, and if they hired me would they pay me more money? They said no, so I told them not to ever bother me again and good luck trying to stay in business because they are clearly hurting.
I know I shouldn't have gloated about it or been snippy, but it felt good.
Come to northern California! The Napa Sate mental hospital is always posting ads for nurses. Not sure how much experience you need though. Even if it says you need a certain amount of experience, apply anyway. I keep seeing the ad so they must be having a hard time getting people to come work there.
I know someone that works for a nursing agency that does both home health nursing AND non medical home care (i.e. companionship to seniors, help with ADL's, etc.). She told me that when they can't find anyone to cover a shift for a non medical case they sometimes will ask the nurses if they will take it. However, they don't get paid what they get as nurse when doing those shifts.
I've noticed a lot of ad's on craigslist for jobs that were strictly home health aide (i.e. non medical) positions that were looking to hire CNA's, HHA's, LVN's, and RN's, but the pay rate was the same for all of them. They basically will take anyone with some kind of medical certification and training it seems.
Same here! I work nights in home health and it is definately better for me because I only have to focus on my patient and don't have to worry about dealing with any co-workers. The only people I deal with are his mom for the most part, and she's super nice and understanding. I sometimes wish I could work in LTC or a hospital, but I know it would be to stressful for me, and I'm scared I'd get fired, so I'm happy where I am for now.
That's a tough one! You really can't do anything except try your best. Just be as gentle as you possibly can. I had a client similar to yours, and her mother expected me to use an electric tooth brush on her which made things even more difficult because the noise and vibration scared her. Is it possible to use a little tiny bit of tooth paste?
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