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krek2000 krek2000 (New) New

hello, can any one tell me where to pursue a job to gain skills besides the hospital? I live in the Indianapolis area

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Nursing homes are usually the areas that readily hire new grad LPNs.

Elektra6, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, LTC, subacute. Has 15 years experience.

I started in a nursing home. I learned ventilator/trach skills from my facility in home health.

AjoBSN09

Specializes in Trauma, ER, Cardiology & Spinal Rehab.

Do you not like the hospitals? I started on a Trauma Unit and I saw basically EVERYTHING and ANYTHING come through. I was really able to learn and work on my skills - we had trachs, pegs, every drain imaginable, wounds, wound vacs, every type of dressing imaginable.....it was a really good experience.

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Do you not like the hospitals? I started on a Trauma Unit and I saw basically EVERYTHING and ANYTHING come through. I was really able to learn and work on my skills - we had trachs, pegs, every drain imaginable, wounds, wound vacs, every type of dressing imaginable.....it was a really good experience.

Depending on where you live, many hospitals are not using LPNs anymore due to scope of practice issues. It may not be an option for the OP.

AjoBSN09

Specializes in Trauma, ER, Cardiology & Spinal Rehab.

Depending on where you live, many hospitals are not using LPNs anymore due to scope of practice issues. It may not be an option for the OP.

Oh wow - I wasn't aware of that. LPNs are OVERworked in this area. When I worked in the ER - I did EVERYTHING that the RNs did - including given IV push meds. There were 3 things I couldn't do: Hang Blood, Take Verbal Orders and Push Cardiac meds - other than that....I was responsible for it all.....only I got paid 1/2 the pay that the RNs do....it sucked! I'll be glad to be done with school in 8 months!!! :)

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Oh wow - I wasn't aware of that. LPNs are OVERworked in this area. When I worked in the ER - I did EVERYTHING that the RNs did - including given IV push meds. There were 3 things I couldn't do: Hang Blood, Take Verbal Orders and Push Cardiac meds - other than that....I was responsible for it all.....only I got paid 1/2 the pay that the RNs do....it sucked! I'll be glad to be done with school in 8 months!!! :)

Oh, yeah...hang around here awhile and you will hear of many LPNs who are either displaced from the hospitals they have worked at for many years or are having a difficult time obtaining a position in one to begin with (especially new grads). I have not experienced that yet, however, I am watching the trend, because it can change over at any time.

I have worked both in a hospital and a nursing home, the skills that you need are different, in the hospital you do more baisc care & treatments, but in the nursing home, you do more assessments, doctor calls, and management of the aides. It all depends on what you like. I tried them both to see what I wanted. I have a friend that works in Assisted Living, she loves it, there are so many places to go for nurses, and the skills needed are different for each facility. Good luck, I hope you find something that suits you.

I would try to fing a LTC facility that has higher skilled care maybe a acute LTC facility I know that community hospitals in Indy hire LPNs I just don't know how much experience you will need good luck

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