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I know what you mean. I am a CNA, and I worked in LTC. As you said all LPN's do is pass meds, do accu-checks, and do wound care or dressings if they are any to do. I worked the 11-7 shift and most of the nurses were usually either sleeping on the unit, or they would come in clock in and leave until around 4:30am, when it was time to start getting people up, so they could pass meds.
Usually being a LPN at an LTC is a pretty easy and laid back job, but it does show in the pay. But since you are going back to school I would ecommend staying put until your last semester inschool. I say that because, you won't get too worn out at work so studying shouldn't be a problem when it comes to school, but as soon as you get into your last semester, you can go somewhere else and gain some real experience in those last 4 months. And that will benefit you in more ways than one:
#1 Your new employer will see, that you are likely to stay around for a while
#2 You gain experience
#3 You'll be okay and not burnt out while going through school
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Whether I am a nurse or not, I know what was done in my facility. The nurses didn't change anyone during that night, that was done by CNA's. And I have worked the floor by myself a many of times in a locked Alzhiemer's unit with 40 rooms, and all of them full, (full meaning 2 patients each room), when then nurse would not get off of her a**, to help me change these people doing rounds on patients that A. were not in my section and B. that I did not get paid for. The nurses didn't do med re-stocks, the ward clerk would do that when she came in a 6. The nurses didn't get patients, up at 5am unless they had to give them meds, CNA's did that. I can honestly say that I worked harder than all of the nurses in my LTC, esp. on 11-7. I was six months pregnant, changing a 320 man every night, and getting him up in his wheelchair every morning. And did the nurse see fit to help? No. She was too busy watching the 5 o'clock news. You need to understand that every hospital and LTC is different, and just b/c you may be a hard working nurse at your place of employment doen't mean that all are. And just off the top of my head I can give you a list of about 40 LPN's and Rn's, that don't do anything but sit around, and direct there work to others during their shift. Just because I am not a nurse doesn't mean that I don't know what nurses do, and it doesn't mean that I don't know what hard work is. It is my personal opinion from what I have seen that nurses that work in LTC esp the night shift have it easy, and until I see different for myself that is all I will ever believe.
As for the other post up there, the ADON and DON don't care that the nurses sleep, as long as they have a body on the unit. How do I know this? Becasue I heard my ADON tell a PRN nurse that she should come in eventhough she had to get sleep for an exam, because she could sleep on the unit. One of my nurses was asleep on the unit when a patient unlocked the door in front of her face and got out. Did she get fired? NO! So I don't work there any more, I couldn't take it. And when state would come it was a joke. The didn't do anything either.
Melissa is so right about the content in Hurst. Like I said I need a content review, and I really tink that Hurst can be used who may have been out of school for quite sometime, not only to pass NCLEX, but also for getting ready to go on the floor and work. I think someone else referred to it as "Nursing school in 4 days." , and I totally agree. Marlene teached in a way that is very easy to retain. Saunders has a lot of content, but I think using it I went into overload because it wants to tell you about every single thing you may or may not see in the real world or on NCLEX. What I am doing is after I watch Hurst, and study my packet a little I take the corresponding Saunder's end of chapter test. If I get 70% or better I move on if not, I read that chapter in Saunders.
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