LAJJmom, ADN, CNA 2,397 Views
Joined Aug 24, '11 - from 'Independence, MO, USA'.
LAJJmom is a Registered Nurse.
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I just started on a LDRP unit and I am getting 12 weeks of orientation. Ten weeks on dayshift and 2 weeks on night shift. I was hired for nights.
So, I graduated with my ADN in December 2014. I worked Med-Surg at a tiny (25 bed) rural hospital from January 15-July 15 and then went back to work at a hospital where I was a PCA previously also on the Med-Surg unit. I am still technically there PRN. Last month I landed my absolute dream job in LDRP. I am almost 3 weeks in to the training and I am DYING. I can't keep up with the charting! I am training in Postpartum now and am supposed to start labor in another week. I am struggling with Cerner (I have only used Meditech). I am "older" so I am sure that is a big part of the problem. The girl training me is frustrated with me, I am sure. She just looks over my charting and tells me all the things I have done wrong. I really want to do this and I really want to be good at it. Is it just early in the game and I need to stick it out? Am I too old to do this? I am still a newer nurse and this is just more than I thought it would be. They have us charting on a tracking board, in the Cerner system and on a CareCompass system. I feel like I am charting in triplicate. How do you seasoned LDRP nurses set up your day? I need help! This is the whole reason I went to nursing school and now I feel like I am failing miserably.
UPDATE: My daughter works as a PCA at the first hospital I ever worked at (also as a PCA) and one of the nurses on the Med-surg unit told her to tell me to apply for a job there. So, I did and the new Nurse Manager of the unit remembered me. I had the most fabulous interview. It was like catching up with an old friend. I start there on my birthday 7-20-15! I am so excited! It is closer to home, better hours and more money! I am giving notice to my current employer on Monday. I am on Medical Leave at the moment so, I don't ever have to go back to that awful place. I feel like a weight has been lifted!
I guess not really my job but where I work. I worked at 2 hospitals as a Patient Care Associate/Patient Care Tech (basically, CNA) through nursing school (1 for over a year and a half the other for almost 3 years) and didn't get hired at either one. That was rough.I really wanted day shift so I didn't even consider any night positions. I was having a hard time anyway (I had a hysterectomy the Monday before Thanksgiving, my brother committed suicide the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I flew to AZ for his memorial, came back had finals and graduated Dec 13, 2014). In January I started looking for jobs everywhere. The only offer I got was for a tiny rural hospital that was part of the same company as one of the hospitals that I worked for. I took the job at the end of January. I passed my NCLEX in February. I am an ADN and am starting on my BSN this June. I am trying to hold on until I finish up in May 2016 but I don't think there is any way that will happen.
The hospital is small, understaffed and about a 40 minute drive both ways. As a day shift nurse I am expected to deliver and pick up trays at meal times, empty sharps containers, and work as an aide or unit clerk if needed. I usually have 5 patients and most of them are from nursing homes or should be in a nursing home. There is no nurse station to sit and document so I am standing at a computer on wheels all day. Oh and I work 3 days one week, 4 the next, and every other weekend (Fri-Sun). This place has had a lot of turnover and I can see why. I dread going to work. I hate it.
So, my question is, should I try to stay for a bit so I have experience and job history or do I bail? I can't transfer to another facility until I am here for a year. I have to stay until July because I am having surgery and I need my insurance. Most of the hospitals in the area are part of the same company so that makes it more tricky.
Sorry to whine but I really don't know what to do. I really have tried to love this job but it just isn't working.
Found out yesterday that I did indeed PASS! Thank goodness! Thanks for your responses!
I took my NCLEX test today and got all 265 questions! I am freaking out. I did try "the trick" and it wouldn't let me register but I am scared to death! Did anyone else have this happen and pass?
Starting in 2015 most hospitals will not hire ADN's. If you get hired before that they will "grandfather" you in but you will probably have to sign a contract to get your BSN in a certain amount of time. I am a PCA at St. Mary's (currently Carondelet, soon to be HCA) and a PCT at Research Medical Center (HCA). I am a student at Penn Valley (ADN program) so I am hoping I can get on at one or the other...I graduate December of 2014 so I will be cutting it close. St. Mary's already has Magnet Status and RMC is trying to attain it. With Magnet Status a certain percent of the nurses have to have BSN's or be working toward their BSN. I'm not sure about the other hospitals in the area. Good luck to you!
This is an older post but I took my pre-req's at Blue River and Longview. At Blue River I took Chem 105 with Don Miller. He is dry and boring but a good teacher who wants you to pass. I got a B. I took A&P at BR with Mehdi Borhan. He was pretty good. I got a B in there, too. Whatever you do, don't take Debbie Seale for anything. Just trust me on that. I had originally enrolled in her Anatomy class and she was a nightmare. Anyway, I also took Psych 140 (online) and Psych 243 at BR with Kimberly Glackin and she is wonderful (got B in 140 and an A in 243). I took Micro at Longview during the summer with Jeffrey Oden...he is awesome...got an A.
I started taking pre-req's Fall of 2011, took CNA classes Dec 1-Jan 31 (state exam Feb 8), continued with pre-req classes Spring 2012, took Micro and online Psych 140 Summer 2012. I started working full time as a CNA in a hospital May 2012. I applied to Penn Valley August 2012 for the Spring start and I got in! I am currently taking Medical Terminology (online) and Math 120 at Longview (in case I hadn't gotten in to PV). It has a been a long and crazy road for sure. If you need more info feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck!
That is a tough decision. When I got my CNA license, I planned on trying to get a job (wherever I could) and get some experience to make sure nursing is where I really wanted to be before I spent all the time and money trying to get into nursing school. I landed a job at a hospital full-time. They have been very flexible with school, but it's only 2 days a week (3 in the summer) for my pre-req's. Now I got accepted into a ADN program that will be quite time consuming and I am not sure I can keep up my full-time schedule (3 days, 12-hour shifts). I love my job. I love the people. Everything. I will lose my insurance if I drop below part time (2 days, 12-hour shifts). But the ultimate reason I went back to school was to be an RN, not a CNA. So, I am going to see if I can try part time but I think I will end up being PRN. I want to keep my foot in the door because I would love to work at this hospital. It is close to home, I had 2 of my 4 babies there and it is just a great place to work. We will see what happens. It is a tough decision because you want the job to help you but not take away from your schooling which is the most important part at this point. Good luck with your decision.
I took just Anatomy by itself and had an awful professor. I was also in Chemistry and Human Nutrition. I ended up dropping the Anatomy class because I had a chance at good grades in the other 2. Anyway, I took A&P the next semester with a better professor. I studied in a group. Our library had access to the same models the professor used so we would check them out and quiz each other. Both classes were at a local community college. I ended up with a B. You will find what works for you! Good luck.
Yes, I still do all the basic stuff too. I make beds for patients, but when they are discharged Environmental Services comes in and cleans the room and makes the bed. I assist with bed baths. Since I am on a Telemetry unit our patients ages and abilities can really vary. The younger and more independent ones usually shower or do their own bed baths. I put people on commodes and bed pans. I stock linens in rooms. I just got accepted into an ADN program for Spring so I am not making a career out of being a PCA. However, I do enjoy it and the experience has been a wonderful one. My favorite nurses I work with are the ones that were PCA's first. They don't mind going in and helping clean up a patient and they understand how busy we can get. On my floor each nurse has 2-5 patients and then us PCA's (usually 2) each have 2-3 nurses. If our floor is full (which it has been a lot lately), we can each have 14 patients unless they bring in a 3rd PCA, then we each get 7. But some of those patients are very "heavy"...need turned, fed, constantly cleaned because of incontinence. It just depends on the day. The good thing about the hospital is it changes quickly.
Congrats! I was accepted into 2 LPN programs for this fall and declined both to take more classes and try for an ADN or BSN program I got accepted into the ADN program for this coming Spring as well. I am 40 years old (married with 4 kids) and went back to school to start pre-req's in fall of 2011. I am working as a CNA at a hospital and am so excited to finally be taking this next step. I plan on bridging to get my BSN as soon as I am done with the ADN so I am still taking pre-req's for that (College Algebra...ew.). Good luck to you!
I am a PCA (Patient Care Associate) at a hospital. I have my CNA license (it was required, along with my BLS). I have been trained to check blood sugars and do EKG's since I am on a Telemetry unit. I think they are pretty much interchangeable, the title just depends on the place. I have patients ask me all the time what "PCA" stands for. I am in Missouri, by the way.
I submitted my application the first week of August (the period was the first Thursday through the third Thursday of August) and just found out Monday that I was accepted. I got in at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri in their ADN program. I am still taking some classes so when I get done with that I can start my bridge to BSN. I am so excited and terrified all at the same time.
So, I have been trucking along taking my pre-req's, I got my CNA between semesters and have landed a job in a hospital. I took the TEAS test and got in to two LPN programs but decided not to accept and just go for my RN. Now, I am an "older" student and my GPA isn't the greatest. My recent stuff is all A's and B's but I have some C's and a couple of D's and one F that I never retook...all very old. So, because of this I am petrified that I won't get into a decent school. I am applying for Penn Valley and St. Luke's for January. Then if that doesn't work I can apply for Graceland but all of these are very competitive and hard to get into with a low GPA like mine. So, do I just go to a profit school such at National American University or Concorde? Will it hurt me in trying to get an RN job? I am hoping to just stay at the hospital I am at and bridge to my BSN since that is what they want. Any thoughts? I just want this so bad and hate that my past of being young and crazy is going to prevent me from getting it. I am not even the same student I was 20 years ago.Was I stupid to not go into an LPN program?
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