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Hi, I'm KaroSnowQueen. I've been an LPN for 30 years, worked on my RN but never finished it. I have 5 kids, had 11 foster kids, have 3 grandkids. I have worked in nearly every nursing setting, Hospital (including ICU and stepdown, nursing homes (ugh), private duty, a little bit of home care, and now review Medicare claims for a major insurance co

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    LadyFree28 and sallyrnrrt like this.

    Been an LPN for 30 years.
    1984-5, LTC
    1985-88, Stayed home with my kids
    1988-1990 LTC
    1990-91, Agency working for 2 hospitals
    1991-2001, LTC
    2001-2007, hospital
    2007-2014, reviewed claims major insurance co
    Right now, am unemployed and taking summer off to relax, draw my unemployment $$ and spend time with grandkids. Probly look for a job in August and see what turns up.

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    I've been an LPN for literally 30 years and my pay has been stalled in the $20-22 range for over 10 years. Even tho I have hospital experience in almost all areas except L&D, surgery and cardiac ICU, and feel I am an asset to any team, it appears a seasoned LPN isnt considered nearly as good as a fresh, inexperienced BSN who doesn't have much thinking on her feet confidence.......Grrrrrr!

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    OCRN3 likes this.

    Im glad you didnt take it - $15K is not worth the implied heartache I see in that job!

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    chelli73 likes this.

    Not sure whats going on with you, dont know if Illinois is a compact state. Or if your current state is. Oops, just saw Indy, nope not compact, darn it. I think I'd hit up a payday loan place and try for the travel place. Or ask them if they'd wait for me to establish residency in compact state and take a travel job in that or another compact state. Just a couple ideas off the top of my head....

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    As an LPN of 30 years, get your ADN first. Period. If I had it to do over, I would.

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    Here.I.Stand, NanaPoo, RNlove17, and 7 others like this.

    Like someone else said...an anonymous phone call.....Hello, police? I'm at Blahblah ER and that child rapist dude is HERE saying he's some John Doe. For God's sake get here before they let him go!!!!!.....click. My conscience would be clear and HIPAA be d*mned. Of course I've been a nurse since God was a kid and YMMV.

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    I, too, had horrible teeth. My parents had horrible teeth, taught me their fear of the dentist and gave me sodapop since infancy! I had my first tooth pulled at 14. Over the years, I would go to the dentist on an emergency basis, get 1 or 2 or 3 teeth fixed or pulled.
    Finally, I got all my teeth fixed between ages 45 and 50, and now see the dentist twice a year, with no issues for 5 years .
    I have ended up with 7 back teeth pulled, three crowns, but still have my own teeth. In my case, I gave up sugary soda around age 45 and that helped mt dental health.
    In my case, I'm glad I have my own teeth. My dad got dentures in his late 30s, and I was raised to think that was normal.

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    not.done.yet likes this.

    I was given this diagnosis several years ago. A few years later, I was also diagnosed, nearly simultneously, with diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, and arthrittis. A couple of years after that, I broke my leg in a freak accident, and developed compartment syndrome, which beat childbirth and kidney stones hands down for severe pain I wouldnt wish on anyone. The broken leg and its aftermath increased my pain tolerance. What used to be pain I would rate 6 or 7 is now a 3 in my mind. The everyday pains are still there, but now I never get the flares where I have excruciating muscle pains all over my body
    anymore.

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    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.

    Is this becoming the norm in nursing, all specialties//locations, or is it just home health, or my locale (south central Indiana)? Please tell me there is some honesty in hiring left in our profession.
    This happened to me, I filled out an online aplication, got a call almost immediately. 'Oh, that position, and all others like it, are already filled, HOWEVER, would you be interested in...?' No, I would NOT!!! I am in your general area, too.

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    scceda likes this.

    Every year, when i worked in a nursing home, we went down the halls passing out flu shots like Halloween candy. And every single year, at least one, usually two or three, occasionally more of the patients would get sick as a dog and die. The families would look bewildered, "But we gave Meemaw the flu shot, how did this happen??!??"
    Now I may be blonde but I know what I saw. When my 84 year old grandmother was dying of emphysema she did not get the flu shot . Her doctors were horrified and tried to shame me into it. She never got the flu.
    I never get the flu and I never take the shot. You can tell me that the flu shot is made with a dead germ all you want, I will not believe it. You may think Im a little on the nutty side but I do not believe everything I am told. I use my own experience to make my decision, and I am so glad my employer does not mandate flu shots.

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    Some of us are not cut out for home health, me being one of them. It is just not my cup of tea. Perhaps it isn't yours either. Keep looking, you'll find your niche!

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    The child looks fine. The mother....wow....she is way off the rails to have that much 'tan'.

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    StayingFit likes this.

    Me? I don't care if students observe. I figure if they want to see a round little woman get whatever done, more power to them. However, I remember clearly my mother being horrified that "gobs" of people were brought into the room to observe her give birth to my little sister in 1966. (Oops, told my age, now I guess I am a Crusty Old Bat as well.) She carried on about it for literally years. So some people are not pleased with observers, and everyone should be given the chance to approve or disapprove of who sees them during a procedure.

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    Surprised1, Vespertinas, amoLucia, and 1 other like this.

    As many other posters have said, I don't think its being in nursing in general that has made a change in me, so much as life itself has changed me. Nursing is a much harder job than you are prepared for in nursing school - at least that was my perception at 23 when I was newly graduated.
    You do begin to be able to sniff out the BS'ers - the frequent flyers, the drug seekers, the obnoxious demanding pts/familes, the antagonizing managers/supervisors - at 50 paces. You see things that you can't hardly believe are happening to people in your part of the world - meth heads whose children live UNDER the trailer - not in it, parents with no idea of good parenting skills and no intent on finding them, people in obviously toxic relationships - things you hoped happened somewhere 'out there' in the world.

    You realize that management doesn't give a flying flap about your personal well being, they just want a warm body on the floor and don't much care that you think your assignment is dangerous. That nice story about nursing being a calling that you learned in nursing school? Well, that may or may not be true, but your employer really doesn't care about your empathy for the patients as long as the Press-Gainey scores are up. You can be the most caring nurse in the world and all it takes is a couple of post cards from PG saying you didn't get their ice water quick enough and you get called on the carpet.

    That being said, I remain very compassionate for those people who are truly ill or in need. Even those whom I think are just milking the system, I remained very pleasant and calm towards them. It was my job to take care of them, and part of that job was to keep my thoughts to myself. And that extended to keeping my thoughts about certain annoying as H---fire co-workers as well!!!! Keeping my mouth shut has saved me a lot of trouble, once I learned to do that!!!!
    Its just that life and the things you see and experience change you, and some people are just the way they are, regardless. I no longer work at the bedside, and for me, that was the best thing I could do for myself after 24 years of nursing. I've been at my present job for 5 years and I really have become much less 'hard' on the outside. I am again a nice warm ooey gooey person that I've always been underneath.

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    TXRN2 likes this.

    While I have never been in your shoes (but for the grace of God...), I have a very close relative who was. For her, she went to AA at least twice a week, sometimes more. I agree with those who say monitor yourself very closely. If it were me, and this is my two cents, I would go at least once a week, just to keep your feet wet, to be sure you are staying well. Good luck in your continued recovery.


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