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They said they will train me btw, so it's not an issue for them that I have no experience. I want be be a fast learner though, and meds are something I always struggled with so I need extra study time!
I've recently been called for an interview as an LVN on a Hospice/Palliative care team of a home health company. I have zero experience in this specialty (worked for a health insurance agency and did very little bedside since becoming licensed in 2013).
What are some common medications that I'll be sure to come across and should know 100% to prepare myself for the interview as well as the job? I want to review as much as I can so I arrive prepared. Any response will help, along with any additional advice as a potential newcomer? Thanks!
Are you looking to become a clinical lab scientist, then? If you like indirect patient care, it's a good way to go (I assume you're okay with all body fluids!). The only drawback I hear from CLS friends (as I used to be a phlebotomist) is that there's very little room for advancement. You're a CLS or you're the lab manager, the end. Or you can go to school even more and become a pathologist. Just be aware that many lab people are NOT people people! LOL That's why they love the lab! I have NO idea what the market is like right now, but definitely do your research (check the date and reliability of your resources) before launching into this.
Best of luck to you!
I strongly agree with this statement. Far too many people go into nursing because they have a general sense of wanting "to help people," -- but with no true passion for nursing. When they find out how tough nursing can be, they don't stick around long.
It's a shame that young people aren't given more help in making career choices these days. So many people make poor choices and end up spending a fortune trying to find a good fit for them. If they had gotten good career counseling in the beginning, they would have been much better off.
Thanks I hope so...
Thanks for taking the time to reply, everyone. This is one of the websites that shows data (not sure if it was the exact one I found last night, but many sources are saying the same thing). http://www.economicmodeling.com/2010/06/11/comparing-the-output-of-nurses-with-estimated-demand/
I'm pretty set on changing my major to laboratory science. I've recently discovered this major and it's definitely tough work (pre-reqs include chemistry, physics, and specialized biology courses) but the sciences are what I'm truly passionate about. After some soul-searching I just think that I'd be much happier helping patients indirectly and not having the emotional/physical stresses of a nursing job. I did waste some time I suppose, but I still don't regret becoming an LVN. I just turned 21 last week and at least I have proved that I can accomplish what I put my mind to.
And for the record, yes, I read many AN posts warning about the trouble with nursing... just was too stubborn to take it to heart. With so many conflicting opinions its hard to know who to trust as well! I was self determined enough and encouraged all the way by nurse family members saying yes, definitely go for nursing...
At the end of the day, if you feel that you are passionate about nursing specifically (not just "helping people" in general), go for it! You'll have to do a lot of self-networking and probably relocating out of a big city to get a decent job then eventually work your way up/get further education for the job you really want. To some people this is nothing - they are so passionate about it they will do whatever it takes. That's probably the way everyone should feel about their profession.. Best of luck to everyone as well.
Disclaimer, I'm going to go on a rant today, feel free to disagree but this is just how I feel!
I'm a new-grad LVN and I'm seriously thinking about changing my major to something non-nursing related in the healthcare field.
I LOVED nursing school. I graduated top of my class and I learned so much in my 14 month program. I'm IV certified and passed the boards on the first try, too. But honestly, the only reason I did the LVN program was to have an advantage for getting into a BSN program (in California? Pfft, fat chance).
I've been working on my pre-requisites for the bridge program since January and it just hit me the other day...
Do I really want to do this?
I enjoy working with people and I have a passion for helping people as well as health sciences. But it ****** me off and is so discouraging when I actually stop to THINK about the future of nursing in California. (General nurses, I mean. I know that NPs and anesthesia and all that probably have a better outlook). I know it's wrong to just go into a field just for job security, but in this economy that's exactly what I, as well as many others, feel like we have to do!
ANY article you read will tell you nursing is so freaking in demand nationwide. But I read some statistics last night about how there are thousands of nurses in various states, MORE than there are job openings per year, especially here in California. Since I don't plan on leaving the state ever, (all my family is here and I <3 CA) I really feel discouraged. I wish I had known this before I got into the field, though I am proud of my accomplishments so far...
I just feel like the whole nursing shortage claim is such a farce. At my university (National) there are roughly 630 current nursing/pre-nursing students! (According to NU commons on Facebook). Isn't that ***** ridiculous??? How many nursing programs are there in California, people?! Just do the math! How can there ever be enough jobs here for the amount of graduates being pumped out each year?
Maybe if we move out to a remote city somewhere... My aunt moved to Alaska and she makes a lot of money.
Alternatively, I have another aunt who works as a nurse here and makes 80K+ yearly, she only had her ADN but is now working on BSN. Her hospital pushed her to get a higher degree (they're not paying for it though), so now she's in a full time program and has to work full time also! She said that one you drop down to part time (regardless of how amazing you are or how long you've worked there) it's extremely hard to get back up to full time. Isn't that lovely?
The age of hospitals paying for students to get a nursing degree is GONE. Jobs lined up for nurses before graduation is GONE. Interest in hiring new-grads is GONE. What are we left with? Nurses on the path to becoming a dime a dozen, and continually being overworked and under-appreciated.
If I see one more article listing associate degree RN as being the quick-fix to a hot new career...
I think I'm ready to get off this bandwagon.
PLEASE: Only reply if you have first-hand experience or you have heard first-hand stories of someone who REALLY is credible. I don't want a bunch of biased people on here talking smack, I know West Coast isn't for everyone and a lot of people hate that its a for-profit school. I couldn't care less about that - I'm going to get my BSN in 3 years if it kills me lol I've attended a rather B.S. LVN program where I had to do most of the learning myself and that's never stopped me...
So honestly, the only aspect that I am afraid of with this school is whether or not I will get enough loans. I am very young with very minimal credit history and would need a cosigner but I don't know how any of that works. My parents have not-so-good credit as well. I don't want to start and then have to get kicked out because I can't make another payment.
I know that may sound ignorant but I've done so much research already, weighed the good and bad reviews, and I just can't think of a better option for me than the LVN-BSN program. I have no pre-reqs done yet and waiting around and gambling on getting into a waitlisted community college program isn't an option.
If you've attended one of WCU's nursing programs could you give me a review of your journey? And explain your process with financial aid? I've never applied for major loans before (I worked at the same time to pay off monthly payments for LVN) and I have no idea how someone gets 116k to go here! But dang it I'll explore every option! As long as it doesn't involve a stripper pole! lol Thanks!
Just study study study and don't worry about the schools reputation. It is what it is, and you have to learn from it what you may. Good luck!
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