Thought I'd update everyone on my employment. I have a new job that I absolutely love!! Remember, I was on an acute rehab unit at the hospital and was fired. Well the next Monday, I went to the unemployment office and registered to look for a job.
I found one that wanted a graduate nurse with her license. Starting pay was $12.00 per hour. I was just a little insulted by the price but needed something, so I went in and applied for the job. As some of you know, I believe God has lead me to this point and I forced His hand by taking the hospital job.
Anyway, I went to a LTC home and filled out the application. The DON took one look at the fact that I was an RN and hired me ON THE SPOT!!! :hatparty:
I had asked God to let me know if this was the job He wanted me to have. I have NEVER been hired on the spot before! I guess I got my answer!:chuckle :chuckle Starting pay is $14.00 an hr and when I start nocs it goes up to $15.00! I work 72 and get paid for 80 hrs.
Now to my problem, we use a med cart to pass meds. The meds are in cards with the pt's name on it. I have always done computer meds, and this is all new to me. I am SOO SLOW!! I start my 1100 med pass at 10 and don't get done until after 1300!! Of course, I am passing the 1100, 1200 and 1400's. I have 6 pts who have accuchecks and insulin either coverage or lunch insulin.
I have to give one pt 20 units of symlin, and another one get 60 units!!BID! :uhoh21: My four o'clock pass isn't any better. Just repeat the 1100 pass. I guess my question is does anyone have any tips for making me faster? I turn the 1100's backwards after my 0800 pass. I am at the end of my rope. My preceptor says I'm doing fine and that I will get faster, but when I am passing meds and don't finish until after 7PM, she can't leave or give report!!
Please give me your shortcuts!!
In His grace,
Failure is NOT an option!!
Oct 29, '05
There are a couple of threads in the LTC forum on this, but I have to agree with the advice you've gotten. Experience is the only thing that will speed you up. Just remember that everybody was new at some point and they went through the same thing. Oh, and if anyone ever tells you to prepour, don't! One time I tried pre-gathering (don't know what else to call it, lol!) where I just got all the meds together in a cup in the resident's drawer (except narcs and liquids) and left them in the unit dose pack. Technically not prepouring, didn't do any good, lol! Good luck to you!!
Last edit by SouthernLPN2RN on Oct 29, '05