CrazyGoonRN 10,520 Views
Joined Aug 14, '09.
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I had a pt's daughter call late at night. She repeatedly dropped her phone and I listened to her shooing her dog away while she searched for the phone. She rambled on and on about how her mom loves it when people joke with her, therefore I as her nurse should "flick her in the nose" and joke around with her when speaking with her.
It was the strangest conversation I've ever had with a family member.
I worked LTC/SNF for 3 years. When I started in med/Surg there were a lot of new things to learn, but I was no where as busy as I was at the LTC/SNF.
OMG!! That story was such an inspiration!!!!! I am a pre-nursing student who is trying to get into the RN program at my school and its very competitive and although i am not weak, at times I second guess myself because all the nursing students say its really hard. I have a 1 year old son and im a teen mother. Ive been called every name in the book by so called friends because of being a teen mother and they dont expect for me to succeed in nursing! But after listening to your story about how you had the strength, motivation, determination, and drive to still give it your BEST shot while you were severely sick, motivates me so much to get off my ass and get my mind right! I have no reason to doubt myself. and i have no excuses to failing! You truly touched me! I will never forget this story!
Centennial medical center is the highest paying hospital in Nashville. It is an HCA hospital. There are three HCA hospitals in Nashville (skyline MC , Southern Hills MC , and centennial ). Vanderbilt medical center is an excellent place to work and the only magnet hospital, level 1 trauma, but the pay is not as good. St. Thomas Midtown and St. Thomas West are also good places to work, but a friend of mine who works at one of those hospital said they have cut back their benefits. I have lived in Nashville area my entire life, and Vanderbilt and Centennial are the top two hospitals in the area.
One tip I learned from a seasoned nurse: Go ahead measure and pour all your Miralax powder before you start passing meds. Then just stack the cups inside each other. If you know that you will have 8 pts taking mirilax then you dont have to waste time pouring. Just grab a cup and fill with water/gatorade. :-)
Isn't that considered pre-pouring? What's the difference if you have a bunch of ativan in one wing or everyone takes the house multivitamin ... could you stack em up?
It depends on how long you are committed to go to school and your money and living situation. However, you will have many more opportunities as an RN.
I went through a full time LPN program that lasted 1 year. It was intense because everything is compressed. It was 5 days a week. It was hard for many students in the class to continue working at their other jobs once we were about 6 months into the program. It was tough because we would go over information and often be tested on it a few days later. It also required an 80 or above. Below an 80 was considered failing.
I later went through a LPN-BSN program. Compared to the LPN program, in the BSN program we dug deeper into every subject and had more time to learn it. I learned a tremendous amount of information in my BSN program that was never mentioned in the LPN program. Going through a Associates or Bachelor's degree program is a big committment that lasts several years. Also, if I want to go on to grad school I can go anytime with my BSN.
I am glad that I became an LPN then later an RN. However, I always wanted to work in a hospital with really sick patients. That is something I could never do as an LPN.
What do you want to do as a nurse?
As an LPN your opportunities are limited and the pay is less.
As an RN your opportunites are endless and the pay is better.
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