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  1. What was your first job setting as an LPN? Acute? LTC? Clinic? etc...
    ALF. Then 2 months later, Psych. There are recent LVN pay threads on AN that include location.
    12:01 am
    Forum: LPN / LVN Nursing Student
  2. Confused about how to become a nurse
    I'm in CA, the "wait lists" in my area are up to 5 yrs long at community college. The CSUs in my immediate vicinity use a merit based system in which the applicants with the highest points get...
    Jul 21
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  3. LPN making 70,000 a year
    In my area of CA, one hospital pays $33/hr to start as an LVN- with regular pay increases written into the employment contract. $33 x 36 hr week x 52 wks/yr is over $60k per yr. This is not the...
    Jul 21
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  4. Has Anyone Here Ever Worked in Assisted Living?
    Based on my limited, bad experience working in an ALF, one of the most challenging problems was the fact that we were regulated by laws that didn't align with what I thought/knew to be good nursing...
    Jul 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Can Nothing by mouth lead to Constipation?
    MissEMS...I'm a new grad and I totally empathize with your difficulties learning how to do care plans when your instructors all require or teach different ways to do them. I used to obsess over...
    Jul 21
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  6. Becoming a CNA before starting school.
    CNA work is *not* the same as working as a nurse. However, working as a CNA gave me insight and exposure to a variety of hospital settings-- from an acute care hospital to skilled nursing. This...
    Jul 21
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  7. What's in your pockets?
    I work in psych so my pockets aren't nearly as full as they used to be when I worked in geriatric LTC. While I do bring a bag to work that's fully loaded with supplies, the only items I start the...
    Jul 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. First Job as new grad.
    This is true. But would you rather be on trouble for giving meds late or for giving the wrong meds? The nurses who oriented me stressed to me that being a little late is better than a med error...
    Jul 20
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant (DON/ADON)
  9. Domestic Violence:  What Leaving Feels Like
    MsNikki...my abusive ex was able to turn the children, who had witnessed the abuse, against me. I have one child left and I've worked hard and prayed hard to assure he isn't able to destroy my...
    Jul 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Colorado teen pregnancy rate drops 40% in 4 years
    Mamagui...I get what you're saying, I think. I personally use the IUD because even though I believe it has risks, I'm wiling to accept them as I want very effective birth control. I agree that teens...
    Jul 20
    Forum: Nursing News
  11. Staying afloat on a nurse's salary?
    Delicate Flower, I appreciate your sentiments. I an speaking as a person who worked in real estate prior to entering nursing. I was the lady who knocked on folks doors to tell them they have to leave...
    Jul 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Colorado teen pregnancy rate drops 40% in 4 years
    Klone and mamagui, I think you both make excellent points. Thank you!
    Jul 20
    Forum: Nursing News
  13. Hide-a-Butt patient gowns
    Me too!
    Jul 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. What type of laptop?
    My MacBook Pro has lasted me since 2008. It was $900 but got me thru ALL my RN prereqs and thru nursing school. Never needed to be repaired except for a battery replacement. I'm a Mac
    Jul 19
    Forum: LPN / LVN Nursing Student
  15. LPN/LVN Clinical Questions
    I'm an LVN in CA. By far, most of our sites were in SNFs. We had a few days in each of the following settings: maternity, Peds, urgent care clinics. We had a few weeks in a small rural hospital--we...
    Jul 19
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  16. Staying afloat on a nurse's salary?
    you are so right!! My honda is 11. Not planning to get a new car anytime soon.
    Jul 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Staying afloat on a nurse's salary?
    I intentionally kept my overhead required bills low after I graduated. I am single with 1 kid at home and I'm also able to live well on my salary as a new grad. But I'm pretty sure my area pays...
    Jul 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. The Agony of Da-Feet
    The right socks make a huge difference for me, too. I have to ware cushioned absorbent socks or my danskos hurt the bottoms of my feet.
    Jul 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Tracing a drop of blood...
    I remember that assignment in A&P2. The only way I could truly "memorize" the path was by learning the heart and it's valves and the 4 compartments and the lungs and remembering that veins and...
    Jul 18
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  20. New grads psych nursing
    I was hired as a new grad to work in inpatient psych. They just hired another new grad. It's an interesting niche--not for everyone, but I like it.
    Jul 18
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. breastfeeding and medications
    Thank you Klone and Cayenne! As a mom who breastfed (6 yrs of breastfeeding 3 kids) I am glad to learn more info that supports other moms to breastfed!
    Jul 17
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  22. Had a roach fall out of the cealing..
    Sorry to hear about the roach! Ew! I'd love to work in home health once I get more experience!
    Jul 15
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  23. DPH pressure ulcer
    Did you look at her feet? I do look at the soles if the feet and in between the toes when you do the admission assessment? I do. (But I like feet so it doesn't bother me) lol!
    Jul 15
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  24. Doctor Anyone?
    This is what I keep telling myself when the desire to become a Dr strikes.
    Jul 13
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  25. Surrendering RN Scope!
    This brings to mind a situation at my work place. The other nurses refuse to give snacks to patients. When I did give crackers and water to a pt with diarrhea, all h@ll broke loose! The nurses at my...
    Jul 13
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism


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