Is this a good place to start as new grad?
My goal at first is to just get some well rounded experience. The place i am looking at going is a LTAC facility that trains lpns up to work with ventilators and gets you IV certified. The nurse educator also told me you start off on medsurg at first, so I guess that's a good place to start. This place pays more than the county hospital and doesn't seem to have as bad of a reputation.
I started in LTAC 2 weeks after grad & 8 1/2 mos later I'm still there. It's a decent, but hard place to start...you'll learn ALOT! It also depends on what you ultimately want to do. I'd like to try CVICU, so I thought this would be a good place for me to start. I'm learning some of the acuity & equipment plus the time management. Our pts are multisystem failure (most on vents) with multiple lines, tubes, drains, & extensive wound care. Very few of our pts are po, so feedings & most meds are crushed & put through g-tubes. There's alot of IV meds as well. Our average is 6-7 pts per nurse. It's a very busy job. I don't know about other places, but where I work our LPN's do everything the RN's do except new admit assessment & hang blood. They can monitor the infusion, but can't initiate it. I agree with the OP, it's a very good idea to find out nurse/pt ratios & orientation. Good luck to you.
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