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Advice for a brand new LPN at a LTC facility

by Scrublife16 Scrublife16 (New) New

So I am a new LPN that just got hired at a LTC facility while still in school for my RN degree. I have never worked as a CNA before so this already puts me at a disadvantage. I want to offer the best care in a timely manner and not make serious mistakes while still learning. Any advice from taking doctors orders, to advice on med pass, neuro checks after a pt fall, charting, and forming a good relationship with the CNA's. ANY advice is extremely appreciated!!!

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

The first year of nursing is rough. Everyone goes through it and we're all anxious, fearful and convinced that we're stupid. It's part of being new at anything. That said, I wonder if you wouldn't get more useful tips on LTC of you asked the moderators to move your post to the LTC forum. I can give you tons of tips for the ICU, but LTC is foreign territory. There are hundreds of LTC nurses on Allnurses who can offer much more relevant information than I can, and I'm sure they'd love to help.

Straight No Chaser, ASN, LPN

Specializes in Sub-Acute. Has 5 years experience.

I'm a new grad as well and have been working in a SNF for about 3 months. Know that what you learned in school is not real world nursing, and there will be a lot of things you come across that will make you do a double take.

Ask questions, don't be afraid to look things up and prioritize your shift. It's scary, (i'm still terrified on a daily basis) but it's also fun and kind of awesome.