I want to know what you know, and I'd like to know before my preceptor asks me!!!

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    I am a super excited new grad LPN who was fortunate enough to get hired in at an LTAC hospital! I've started orientation and go with my preceptor next week and am letting my nerves get the best of me. What do I know, what should I know, what are preceptors biggest pet peeves about new grads ( besides saying "I'm a new grad")! We started going over PICC lines today and we really didn't cover them in school so I was embarassed. I don't want to look dumb, if I could be just a little more prepared, I'd be more confident.

    So nurses,what I'm looking for here is any helpful advice that is within my MI LPN scope of practice. Doesn't even have to be about PICC lines, I'll appreciate anything constructive. Maybe you have a website or you tube video that you found helpful. I'd appreciate anything that breaks down insulins or anti hypertensive classifications.

    One last thing, if you're reading this rolling your eyes at me because you're so wonderful and I'm so not, you are whats wrong with PEOPLE and I'm not asking you anyway.

    Thanks to everyone else!!!!
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    I never worked LTC when I was an LPN but I remember in clinicals it was all about speed speed speed. The only thing that I can say is that it will take time for you to feel like you have a hang of things and aren't taking 5 hours to pass meds.

    so good luck and stick with that great attitude!
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    Thank you, but I'm working LTAC so passing meds are the least of my troubles!!

    I do plan on keeping my positive attitude though
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    My oh my a lot of things I know now I never learned in school. I graduated 11 years ago and never had a PICC line until I graduated and was on my own. A preceptor shouldn't expect you to know everything. A lot of things you will learn more about on the job than you ever learned in school. I never started an IV until I had my license.

    You will learn a lot in LTAC. Good luck to you.
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    Ok ladies forgive me for not knowing but what is LTAC if you don't mind me asking!
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    Quote from Sirena922
    Ok ladies forgive me for not knowing but what is LTAC if you don't mind me asking!
    Long term acute care. Patients can be sent directly from the icu there. Possibly for vent weaning or other needs. Patients are too sick for rehab or nursing facility but need to be out of the hospital.
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    I just hope my preceptor is as excited to mentor as I am to learn.
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