lisaannjamRN, RN 6,126 Views
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About four years ago, I was exactly in your predicament. I was hired as a part-time RN in a Sub-Acute Care facility. Just like you, I said I did not want to be called in to work on days off. Well, I had to stay at least one hour after my shift ended to complete my documentation and was constantly asked to stay and work the next shift and called to come in to work on my days off. I stuck it out for a year to gain much-needed nursing experience, but it was a miserable year. They lied to me just as they have lied to you. In my humble opinion, I don't think this is about your work ethic. You made your needs clear, and they knew what they were. They also knew what their needs are. I would think long and hard about staying there. If you have another opportunity, I would strongly consider taking advantage of it. I wish you the best of luck!
I really feel for you. I am sure you run your butt off all day at the ob/gyn clinic. I have a good friend that does that work as well, and she is exhausted too!! I find it really helps me to do a lot of cooking on the weekend, so that I have home made meals at least 4 days out of the week. If we grill chicken on Sunday, we may have that with sweet potatoes & snap peas on Sunday and then use the chicken in a salad on Monday. I also make vegetarian chili. I also keep frozen tiliapia in the freezer, which is really quick to defrost and make with some rice and veggies. Hubby will also help with the cooking a few nights. Hope this helps.
First, let me say I am so sorry that happened to you. No matter how your supervisor felt at that particular time, calling you ignorant was inappropriate to say the very least. It sounds like you are a very dependable, hard-working, conscientious nurse/employee. I think any facility would be lucky to have you. I wish you all the best in your decision.
Thank you all for taking the time to read and respond to my post about my rough start. I am hanging in there and was off Orientation and on my own this weekend. Tonight I had to send one of my residents out to the hospital. I had been taking care of him all week. Tonight when I was assessing him, he said to me "You are too good a nurse to be here". I responded by saying, "And don't you deserve a good nurse!" So, yes it's exhausting, but I feel like I will get my routine down and take the best care I possibly can of my residents and be a good co-worker to my fellow nurses. Nursing is a tough job, period. But tonight, I was exhausted, but felt like a million bucks, when my resident hugged me before he got in the ambulance and thanked me for taking such good care of him.
Thank you all for your thoughts, perspectives and advice. I appreciate it!
I wanted to share my Orientation experience and would appreciate any thoughts or opinions. I just completed 10 days of Orientation as RN in Skilled Nursing. First let me say I applied to the position because it was 6 days per pay period (2 weeks) including every other weekend on 3-11 shift.
Okay, first 2 days Orientation is on day shift. It was great. There was a nurse supervisor on the desk helping with admissions, discharges, taking off Orders, incident reports...etc. There was unit secretary there for 8 hours. There were 2 nurses, each with 27 skilled nursing residents. All the nurses got their 1/2 hour lunch break. Although, it was busy, it seemed doable.
Then I started Orientation on my shift 3-11:30. Only 2 nurses for same exact residents, no nurse supervisor and unit secretary for only several hours to help answer phone. Evening nurse, who was orienting me, told me "we are just as busy as day shift, but they are not going to get a 3rd nurse...not gonna happen". That nurse has worked that shift for 2 years and has never taken a meal break...says she can't...have to run around just in case anything of of the ordinary comes up...fever, admission, incident. We all know...that stuff that DOES happen on a daily basis.
So, essentially we are running around like crazy...meds, admissions, discharges, incidents, orders, families, sundowners in evening...etc. I think how am I going to do all this when nurse who has been doing this for 2 years is literally running?? Okay...so I dig in and figure I'll hang in there and it will get easier over time. I didn't expect it to be easy. Still felt a little sting after being on the day shift with the extra nurse, but thought okay...let's see how this goes.
Well on my last night of Orientation, one of my residents came up to me and said he just took the wrong cup of pills. The nurse from the other hall gave my resident someone else's meds. I immediately went over to the nurse who was "orientating" me who was sitting at the desk drinking coffee. I said we need to tell the other nurse of her mistake and do an incident report. She said No...don't want to say anything!! I told her I was not comfortable "hiding" anything and was going to call the Nurse Manager. She again said no, not to say anything.
Well, I was in Orientation, but I know right from wrong. I had to go to DON and report this nurse, as I could not convince her to do Incident report. Well, she got fired. I feel awful starting this way. I know I did the right thing. Then DON then offers me the full time position. I respectfully told her no, I don't want full time. I applied to the position specifically because it was part time.
I am literally just off my 10 day Orientation and the DON has me all over the schedule. The job is overwhelming as it is. Only 10 days in...and feel lousy. Sorry so long. I hate to say I hate this place already. Any thoughts or perspectives for me? Thank you!!!
I know at the facility where I work in PA, there are TPN patients that are temporary rehab patients in the subacute rehab section. I am an RN now, but as an LPN student, I was taught LPN's were to have nothing to do with anything entering a central line. I know some LPNs at our facility were doing the TPN. I told them to call me or another RN to take care of it.
Wishing you a warm welcome to nursing. I work as an RN in skilled nursing in a LTC facility. We have residents who live in the skilled nursing section and others who are in skilled nursing for rehab and will be returning to their homes. I work 3-11:30 shift. I have approximately 27 residents. I supervise 3 CNAs. We are a great team, and the CNAs are "my eyes and ears with the residents" as they spend a great deal of time with them. I do 2 med passes on my shift, give insulin, neb treatments, tube feeds, wound care. Additionally, I have other things that often occur on my shift. I have admissions, discharges, Incidents (falls etc), calls to families, doctors, pharmacy. I also take off Orders, and lots of charting and documentation. It is challenging and takes a while to get into a groove. But the love I get back from the residents helps make all the hard work meaningful. Good luck to you in your studies!!
Congratulations and best of luck on your LPN journey!! It will be a challenging and life-changing year. I agree with others here in suggesting you enjoy your Summer and not worry about studying. You will be in the depths of school before you know it. I remember my school telling us to study math as we would have a (general) math test on our first day. Other than that, you will receive your syllabus the first day and you will be off!! Good luck to you!!!
You did an amazing, fantastic job!! YOU are a great nurse!! Hoping the upcoming week is better
pfeef21...I wish you all the best. It must be frustrating. I did my CPNE last May 2011. I know someone who did Sheri's online and then went for a one-day Mock Practicum with her right before her CPNE, and she was so happy with her. Good luck!!! I know you'll finish and finish great. You've got the right attitude.
Tina Logan's necworkshop is closing. I believe she will finish up her May class but she's is closing to spend time with her family. I heard this from Tina directly when I contacted her regarding two friends of mine who are beginning their CPNE studies and were looking for a workshop. I attended Tina's workshop last March and passed my CPNE in May 2011. There is a message to this effect on her website page as well.
Your outfit sounds great to me. It's conservative, appropriate, fits well and you feel comfortable. Now go ACE that interview!! Best of luck!!
At times we felt "second-class" in our LPN class too. But, we shouldn't ever, ever feel that way. You know what...when I started applying for RN positions, I got a lot of..."Please apply after you complete your BSN...Best wishes in your job search!" And I am sure when I complete my BSN, I will probably hear to please apply after I complete my MSN...lol.
So...enjoy yourself. Be proud, LPN. You are not arrogant. You should be proud. And this is a great forum for information and support.
And thank you for the congrats!! Have a great day, LPN!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment! I understand what you are saying about feeling different now. Everyone that has gone through nursing school has gone through the same thing...a lot of sacrifice of time, money, social life. I think you feel differently because you have worked very hard, perservered when things got tough and matured. It's a good thing And when you are pressed for time and energy, you choose friends and activities wisely.
I followed the path you are now on. I am proud to say I graduated as an LPN, worked my way and became an RN, and am now in the process of getting my BSN.
What is life like after nursing school? Well..first is studying for boards, then searching for that first job. It may not be your first choice. And life as a nurse in the working world is a lot different then school.
I wish you much luck and success in your first year of working as a new nurse. If I could only offer a piece of advice, it would be to be humble and learn as much as you can. Hang in there...it's tough the first year.
Best of luck!! Congratulations again! Take some time to celebrate your hard work. You deserve it!!
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