Where is the Best place to Start?

  1. Hi Everyone! Need some advice!

    I will graduate as an LPN. I am just wandering where the best place would be to start out at? Hospital, Nursing Home, etc.

    Also what does and average LPN make an hour?

    Just trying to plan ahead. I really like working in a fast paced enviroment and with kids.

    I am 23 years old and have lots of energy to work in an ER???

    Any thoughts . . .

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  3. by   Adrena
    What about starting in peds if you like kids? Take advantage of the nursing shortage for yourself.
  4. by   boggle
    Hi Pebbles,

    Med/surg floor, day shift, at a community hospital worked for me. I got lots of experience with a large variety of patients and diagnoses- REALLY reinforced all those skills and concepts from nursing school. It gave me a chance to discover what I liked and didn't like to do as a nurse. (Funny, the better my skills became,and the more confidence I gained, the less I disliked!)

    Once your foundation is stronger, you can go anywhere!

    Best of luck to you.
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    My advice to you is to start out at a Hospital on a med-surg floor. I am an RN and worked in a nursing home first as a certified nursing assistant and then as a licensed RN. The nursing home I worked at was very limited in the skills that I used. We didn't take vent patients and really didn't have a lot of residents on tube feedings. So, I got to be an expert at giving insulin injections, minor treatments and medication administrations for up to 62 residents. I realize that there are some nursing homes that are very high with their acuity ie--take vent patients, etc. But in my opinion, I wasn't going to be able to develop the skills that I learned in nursing school.

    So, if you want to work with children then go to a peds floor, or if the rat race of a med-surg floor is too much then go work in a nursing home, whatever your heart desires.

    Good Luck,