New LPN/Nursing student in need of career venting

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    Hello, I am a brand new LPN going back for my RN in the fall. I recently began a job as a per diem nurse at a nursing home. I've never worked in the healthcare field, not even as a CNA. I'm having some difficulties being on my own taking care of an 18 bed alzheimer's unit. I feel like I don't know anything and I'm afraid I'll screw up what I've been working so hard to attain. There are lots of times I get an admit or something involving lots of paperwork such as resident to resident altercations and I have a problem getting help from administration on what I need to do. Last Friday I got an outside admit to our unit and was never even told about it until the LSW and resident were at the door wanting in. By the time I was done with an initial assessment and talking with the LSW, I realized there were no doctor's orders for a transfer or for the new resident's meds. I called the referring doctor and the on-call doctor three times and never got a call back. My nursing supervisor told me not to worry about it that the lady was going to a different unit. When I left, I reported to the next nurse that we had no orders and it was now five o'clock on a weekend. When I arrived on Monday to work, the nurse on that weekend had a huge issue with me about not having doctor's orders and stated I probably should not have been left alone so soon after being licensed. I feel like I'm letting people down but no one is giving me answers to work with. Am I missing something in critical thinking or the nursing process? I just don't want to screw this up.
    Thank you

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    Unfortunately I think these situations happen all to frequently. I remember my first job after being newly licensed...it was LTC and the patient load was heavy. I also felt that I was not given enough orientation to the in's and out's of paper work and procedures. With experience and time things will get better...we all need to remember what it was like to be the new one and offer extra support!! Sorry that you are having this experience. Trust me that your situation is not isolated but happens all the time. Hang in there!
    Kim
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    Unfortunately I think these situations happen all to frequently. I remember my first job after being newly licensed...it was LTC and the patient load was heavy. I also felt that I was not given enough orientation to the in's and out's of paper work and procedures. With experience and time things will get better...we all need to remember what it was like to be the new one and offer extra support!! Sorry that you are having this experience. Trust me that your situation is not isolated but happens all the time. Hang in there!
    Kim
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    Huh?


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