Dear Nurse Beth,
I've been an LPN for about 4 months now and work in an assisted living facility. I'm still learning how to paperwork but the work is way too easy. All i do is pass meds. I was hoping this job would improve on my fundamentals but it doesn't. At the same time, this job pays better than a skilled facility does so i don't want to leave this job. I'm afraid that when i go back to school and they see that I don't know what i'm doing,it'll be a huge problem.
What should I do?
Dear Not Learning on the Job,
Congrats on achieving your LPN!
As far as staying at a job for higher pay that is not challenging....it's a tough decision only you can make, knowing your financial needs.
Could you possibly negotiate for a higher starting salary in a skilled facility?
"I would love to work here but it would cause a decrease in income I can't afford at this time."
You have nothing to lose is what I always tell myself when I go after jobs I want and don't think I'll get
You would learn so much more in a skilled nursing facility. If you can possibly make it work for you, I recommend it.
As far as going back to school, if you mean bridging to an RN program, you may or may not be judged by others for not having recent skills experience. If you are judged, simply say that your job did not include passing NG tubes, or starting IVs.
But in reality, your classmates are more concerned about their own (perceived) inadequacies and lack of experience. In a way, no one knows what they're doing, so you will be in good company
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
Sep 30, '17
Dear Not learning on the job, I know exactly what you mean and agree with Beth! I have been in the nursing field for 26 years and started out in Assisted Living! In my case, though I wasn't Certified (didn't have to be back then) and learned so much hands on with the patients and their meds. You are learning more than you realize. One thing I have learned over the years is that you will learn so much more in every job you are in. You take some new information or perspective with you when you move from one job to another. What I can suggest, and This is just a suggestion, is try a PRN agency job. This will allow you to stay where you are, try other facilities, get the pay you want, and the experience. I will warn you though, agencies are not for the faint of heart! Most want you to have 1 year of experience, but some will take New Nurses. And, also when you go back to school PRN work will afford you some flexibility your current job won't. I worked agencies for 14 years as an LPN, and did everything from hospitals, prisons, detention centers, psych to long term skilled facilities. However, Beth is right, with all those years of experience, at school or at work, there are still days I feel totally inadequate!!!
Last edit by BeverlyMeetze on Sep 30, '17
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