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quiltynurse56, LPN, LVN 9,949 Views

Joined Aug 24, '15 - from 'Texas'. quiltynurse56 is a Looking for position. She has '2' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'LTC'. Posts: 947 (60% Liked) Likes: 1,832

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    meanmaryjean likes this.

    Why not pay off the balance? Wouldn't that be a lot less than starting over?

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    OrganizedChaos likes this.

    I have had the opposite of you when starting my job. Some of the nurses seemed to think that since I was older I had years of nursing experience when I haven't even had 3 years. Once they realized this, they started teaching me about situations instead of b******g at me. Where I work, orientation was very short, but still learning about procedures and the facility idiosyncrasies. I am in my third month and finally getting settled in. Hang in there and you will soon be on your own, with the support of this nurse and others.

    You are right in that she is evaluating you and as you show you are able to do it, she is backing off. The goal is to get you ready to be on your own.

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    Texas doesn't issue cards either. I received a letter with my number on it. I am ok with that as most employers will look you up even if you do have a card. It does make it hard to remember the number though. I have held license in 3 states and have had only one card from one of the states.

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    You are probably going to have to take the class again. Find out where the classes are held, call and ask them if you have to take the whole class or retest for your certification.

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    poppycat, MrsNurse08, BeckyESRN, and 8 others like this.

    Sounds like you need a change of job if this is how you see things. I don't know what state you are in, but are they allowed to do blood draws via their nurse practice act.

    If the management is letting them do this, I would say to leave and get a job where management manages.

    Before you bash all LPNs, realize that there are many good ones. I know, I work with them. I know where I went to school, the screening was as tough as for ADN education. Also, I went to school with a lot of motivated men and women who were looking for a career, not because they were sent there to get them off of welfare. Maybe it is that way where you are, or, at least, in the facility where you are currently working.

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    Fiona59 likes this.

    Quote from wtpsych
    i have never seen this before in a hospital setting.

    i am currently working 8 hour shifts but in a correctional facility, from 6am to 2pm. i would love an 8 hour day shift hospital gig, but most of the openings i see are evening or night. i would never be able to see my family or spouse working 3pm to 11pm or 11pm to 7am. was just curious, that's all.
    Okay, that makes your question much clearer.

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    ladysolo01, Fiona59, Everline, and 4 others like this.

    Why not? Apparently you have an issue with 8 hour shifts.

    I know so many nurses who would rather work 8 hours if they could. Think about it, you work 1, 2, or 3 12 hour shifts, sometimes in a row and the first day off, you are worth nothing. Now if you spread the days out, think about the toll it takes on your life. I have worked 12 hour shifts and I find that by about the 9th or 10th hour, I am very sluggish and that is not good for patient safety.

    There are pros and cons to both shift lengths. If you want a 12 hour shift, keep looking for one.

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    What did you find out?

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    llg likes this.

    It may also be the interaction with the gloves you use. I have found the vinyl to be the best, but I still do have issues with many of the hand washing soaps.

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    My questions is, are you going to a 2 year school for your ADN or a 4 year school for a BSN. If cost is a factor, why not look at the 2 year option, find a job (some off tuition assistance for the next degree) and then go for the BSN. With the ADN, you do get into the nursing classes quickly.

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    While living in north Iowa, we usually called our residents by their first names. We were told not to use "pet" names. Now I live in south Texas and where I am working, we are to use Mr or Miss. From others I have known from the south, this is used in other places. I have a friend from Virginia who uses the Mr or Miss.

    All in all, as has been said, these things are rather regional. If you feel more comfortable using Mr. or Mrs., then do. You may have some ask you to call them by their first name or a nickname.

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    Looking on the TX BON site, you need to get your license in NM since they are both compact states.

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    Here.I.Stand and brownbook like this.

    I also wonder what the cell phone policy is at your facility. That is one place to start. Pretty much all facilities I work at have a "no cell phone on the floor" policy. Enforcing that is another thing to work on too.

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    I have only worked as charge nurse in LTC. It is much like those who have replied before me have said. For me, it was either I was the only nurse on on that shift, or if the facility was big enough and we had two nurses, I an the charge nurse for the units I am assigned to. For the most part, it is like any other floor nurse, but you need to make sure that the med techs and CNAs complete their tasks as well. There are the labs, orders etc you must do.

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    smartiipants likes this.

    I recently was accepted for a position at one facility, but my background check took over a week to be returned. During this time, I interviewed at another facility. This second interview showed my that the first one was the right one to go with. So, when the background check came back, I started orientation and work at the first place.

    What I am saying, is that the second interview can give you some insight as to which way to go.