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Hi everyone, just wanted to come on here and share my good news. I recently moved to Hawaii and prior to moving applied for some jobs. I immediately heard back from a contracting company for the Navy and 3 months later I am working for them. This is probably the most awesome and Unique job Ive ever had. I am a civilian but work hand in hand with active duty Navy all day. In fact i would say that there is only about 8 of us contractors and mostly LPN's. I work on the Marine corp base (as the navy provides medical for marines). I just wanted to share what an awesome opportunity this was. I love my job and wake up each morning excited to go to work, what a change! Also my job is fairly easy, we get busy but is definitely low stress. I couldn't be happier and i make decent money as well!! Anyone else out there ever work for the military as a contractor or civilian before? what are your thoughts?
I make $26/hr in Hawaii working for the navy through a contracting company.
i couldn't have said it better!! I am so over people asking that. I think the most important thing is to be happy with your life... if your happy doing what you do now then why change! tomorrow isn't promised. enjoy every moment of your life while you can.
congratulations!! as part of the interview team for new LPN's over the past year i'll let you know what we look for... dress professional, go for dress slacks and a blouse or a nice skirt. dont have fake nails because most places dont allow them now and will even mention it in the interview. wear flats or low heels so you can walk around comfortably! i would definitely bring a couple extra copies of your resume with you, and don't forget a cover letter for your resume!! i've heard of companies throwing away resumes that didn't have a cover letter without even looking at them (although we never did that). Also remember, many places out there only accept online applications right now so this is what i did when looking for a job... i googled all the places in my area (for example "long term care facilities in ...." or "skilled nursing facilities in ..."), once i found a bunch then i went to each website and checked to see if i could put in an application online. i put in as many as i could and i had a job within a week (with other offers as well!). good luck on your job hunt!!
I'd be interested to know what state you are in. I wouldn't worry too much about starting orientation without your license being verified, just remember, do not do any type of nursing duties, even under the supervision of co worker, until that license has processed! you will be practicing without a license if you do that. i think $20/hr is pretty typical of a new nurse, and like mentioned in the other comment, just keep reminding them you want to move to days and i guarantee that you will be there within a year (at least on eves, which was my favorite, unless your a 12 hour shift facility). just make sure during your orientation if you have any questions you ask! and never hesitate to ask a co worker once your on your own. and i'm sure if you have friends that are CNA's it will be hard delegating to them, i've ran into co workers who have had that problem, just remember, you went to school to have a different job, and you cant do it on your own! remember to tell them if you need something done and don't feel bad or guilty! good luck!!
I'm an LPN in oregon and i don't find this to be necessarily true, yes, LTC and SNF are the most common places for LPN's still, however i have been employed by Kaiser Permanente for the past 2 years. I found that the clinics in oregon, and especially Kaiser clinics (note i'm saying clinics and NOT hospital) are moving away from hiring RN's because the reality is that they can hire LPN's in the clinic to do MOST of the things need and pay them much less. (still around $22 an hour starting out LPN). for example, the clinic i work in has hired 7-8 LPN positions in the last year. They still have RN's on staff but just the bare minimum of what they need. By the way, if its any help, I know that Kaiser is about to open up the new Westside hospital in portland with all the specialty clinics in it and it created tons of new nursing jobs. worth a look! Also i have looked at jobs around town, the VA and a couple private clinics and legacy, i have never heard anything about requiring you to be a CNA to work as an LPN...i have heard that some LPN schools require it but NEVER a job asking for it. good luck, and I definitely would say there's a lot of people that complain about it out there but its not all truth...
i think there are times when you have to. It never makes you feel good to cut corners or not be able to get to something, but in my last job at a SNF I had 40 patients (given that half of them were ICF). they all had at least one treatment that needed to be done; lotion, topical creams, small dressing changes, large dressing changes and all of that. out of those 40 patients 13 were diabetic and i had to check all of their blood sugars in my 8 hours shift twice and administer insulin to about 10 of them. I also had a trach patinet that had trach care once a shift and suctioning 3 times a shift, he was also a tube feed and we had one other pt who was a tube feed as well. on top of that i did the large dressing changes and treatments and i did all my charting. If everything went perfect i could get it all done. If something happened, like a patient fell, or someone coded or needed to be sent to the ED or the house dr came in and wrote 20 orders for different patients or patients were on IV fluids then i was screwed. at that point i would have to cut corners or "skip" certain things..... mostly it would be things like anti-itch cream or barrier cream (which its required that a nurse to apply if it contains zinc) or the small things. I never skipped the big things like dressings, meds, or such, but sometimes i wasnt even able to chart on all my patients that i needed to chart on! i felt guilty about that all the time, but in the end we are put in the position that we have no other choice! i could ask for help 1000 times and never get it, i could try to stay 3 hrs past shift but still couldn't finish
document, document, document. and notify her provider as often as possible. Also education, and maybe offer to let her try it herself if she can. i know the pain of this!!
Call your nursing board, I know what it feels like to have anxiety over these things, even to just pick up the phone, but you will feel much better knowing, and they can help you! Don't stress about it, remember, they will work with you, they don't want to turn away educated nurses! And remember, as an LPN your giving back, its a hard job, but can be very fulfilling, when ive felt depressed I found that work was my safe place to focus and not worry about life.
holy crap! how awful! i never understand why you would impersonate a nurse...its not an easy job to just learn!! lol
I do phone triage and advice... For now its great although I do miss hands on care. I will say it definitely broadened my nursing knowledge, all the things you "just know" by looking at a patient you now have to ask without seeing them...kinda like detective work It takes time but is a great experience!
I was wondering if it would be best to try to get into an LVN program to boost my GPA, rather than go into an ADN first. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Hi, I am currently an LPN in Portland, OR. I graduated and took my NCLEX 4 years ago and found a job within a month. I started out in skilled nursing, it was good hands on experience and then I got a job with Kaiser Permanente. I will say there is a fair amount of Jobs out there for LPN's right now, look in the long term care/ skilled nursing department, and then work from there. Kaiser is really slow to hire nurses...Of all the people i know that work here applied for about 6 months before getting an interview, and then all the sudden three different clinics call to interview. lol. But if you would like some ideas for right away i suggest you look into Avamere companies, it is long term care and skilled nursing facilities, and i Swore in nursing school i would NEVER work that job (ha yeah right!) but it ended up being some of the best experience i could ask for. Lots of wound care, catheterizations, injections, assessments, IV starts and hands on nursing experience. hope this helps!
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