New Grad to LTC on 3-11 shift- help! - page 2

Hello everyone, I just graduated in March and was offered a job in a LTC/sub-acute rehab facility about 45 mins from my house. I accepted of course, and am looking forward to starting my... Read More

  1. by   fissileflower
    kmarie724
    i'm a new nurse in ltc and still orientating, i have been wondering what am i going to do when i get on my own, because during orientation you get a different nurse each time and they all have different routines. your comment for new ltc nurses was so helpful and organized, once i get on my own i will definitely use your comment as my guide.

    thank you
    fissile
  2. by   Bellarubia18
    Wow! Great post. Also have an opportunity to work as a new grad RN in LTC...just passed NCLEX. This thread helps alot.
  3. by   kmarie724
    Quote from fissileflower
    kmarie724
    i'm a new nurse in ltc and still orientating, i have been wondering what am i going to do when i get on my own, because during orientation you get a different nurse each time and they all have different routines. your comment for new ltc nurses was so helpful and organized, once i get on my own i will definitely use your comment as my guide.

    thank you
    fissile
    Glad I could help. I used some of the tips I gotfrom each of the nurses I oriented with and developed my own routine that works for me. I've noticed that I get more and more efficient with my time everytime I work.
  4. by   jellocorp
    Thanks everyone! I start orientation tomorrow. I am nervous/excited! I appreciate all the advice so far and I'm sure I'll have lots more questions once I start.
  5. by   RNgrrl09
    Quote from jellocorp
    Thanks everyone! I start orientation tomorrow. I am nervous/excited! I appreciate all the advice so far and I'm sure I'll have lots more questions once I start.

    Jellocorp.

    How are things going with your position. Do you have any helpful tips for new grads starting LTC. I will be starting next Wednesday orienting on the floor. I am starting corporate orientation tomorrow. Any help would be appreciated. Wish you will well on your new position.
  6. by   ChineseRN
    Thank you all experienced nurses for all the great tips. I am a new grad and just started in a LTC facility. It is my second week and I am OVERWHELMED!
    usually we have an LPN to do all the med pass, but today there was a short of staff, and I was exposed the the RUSH!!!!!
    It is really scary. It's like trying to do a million things at once because while I'm am checking their blood sugar, my preceptor and I try to do treatments at the same time, and talk to the residents. OMG
    I cannot predict the future if I am left in charge of the floor without an LPN.

    I feel good on some days of orienting, and some days I don't feel as confident. I am 24 and have been told I look 18. That makes it harder for me to be "in charge." I may have did some slight engraving in my own head of how people will view me differently just because I am young.

    My preceptor is great. The place is great, but on some days, there are those experienced nurses who question me:
    Is this your first job?
    Why didn't you start in a hospital?, etc
    It just bothers me and makes me feel less confident.

    I just swallow my fear and try to answer them with a smile.
    I feel better when I read about other new grads in a LTC facility.
    I don't feel as alone.

    For now, all I can do is try to absorb anything and everything. There is so much documentation to do! But my biggest problem is CONFIDENCE!

    Ok, I'm babbling.
    BUT THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS POST.
    IT REALLY HELPS!!!!
  7. by   ris_03tdgz
    I'm a new grad nurse and I have been contemplating on whether or not I should work at LTC for my first nursing job. I have been offered a job at a skilled facility in santa rosa, Ca. Has anyone worked at parkview gardens in santa rosa california? How is the working environment? are the staff supportive? I have until monday to make my final decision, if I go for it then I will have to relocate since I am currently in NV. I'm still not hearing from any of the hospitals here in Las Vegas..should I wait until they start opening new grad positions or should I take the opportunity at santa rosa? is the workload at LTC really that unbearable? Does it get better in time? How long did it take for you to develop your routine and get comfortable? I was told that I would have 1 week of classroom instruction and 2-3 weeks on the floor then I'll be on my own, and I will be responsible for 25-35 patients max. I will also be rotating in other units such as rehab, since there are 3 units in the facility. There will be 1 nurse per unit with 4 CNAS and I will be working the afternoon shift. I know that the DON there is supportive. What do you think?? please give me some advice. thanks!
  8. by   iamhang
    yes this is very helpful to all new nurses like us. i am a new graduate too and i am currently working part time NOC shift in a LTC and its always very challenging everytime i go to work. but i got accepted full time just this week for a 3-11 pm shift and i feel the same way too, i know there are more things to do and get than compared to my usual NOC shift. anyway good luck to us.. hope all those experienced nurses out there will continue giving us advice =) thanks!

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