Published Oct 1, 2003
Just saying hello to alL:p I am an LPN here in RI and have 29 years exp. It all has been worth it but lately, I wish to work anywhere other than charge nurse in a nursing home! Been to hospitals, homes, home care, corrections,detox etc etc..you name it, it's in there, like Ragu :chuckle Anyone have an interesting position they'de like to share? Thanks guys and gals! Scrubs
jnette, ASN, EMT-I
Hello Scrubs and welcome to the BB !!!
As much as I love the elderly, and to listen and learn from them, I know I would NEVER tolerate the current conditions in LTC. I feel the elderly are being done a HUGE injustice and it breaks my heart.
Wish you well in your search... I'm sure you'll find some interesting responses here ! :)
Thank you Jnette! You know? I totally agree about the injustice re: the elderly. Years ago, when I started on this long nursing journey, i did it sort of as a "calling". I gave my patients exceptional care and backrubs and foot soaks were part of our daily care routine. Now? I'm lucky to find enough time to change the dressings on most of their poor feet and backsides! Never ever enough CNA's, never enough time to get meds out, give proper fluids (proper fluids????) and not even time to sit and hold a dying patients hand. It makes me shudder to think what it will all be like in our later years.I see here in RI and Mass, huge corporations getting fatter and richer and not a thought goes out about the human aspect of the "business". I was recently told, by a DON, that " this is business, it's the way it is". I am sooooooo over it.And to try and teach the staff about basic basic necessity is a joke. They are running ragged, and just apathetic. This is in our hospitals too......move em in...move em out. The types of pt.s we are receiving on our skilled units in NH's now are ICU step down cases with Pic's, fresh post op turp's, and unbelievable MRSA, STAPH, etc etc. Some of these folks have continuous IV's, TPN, J-tubes, multi decubes, etc. And I am the only nurse on 3-11 with 4 cna's. It cannot be done...it just cannot be done.....but, where do I go fom here? I would love to work in OB....but here in RI and Mass...I am "just" an LPN. Go figure! OK, thanks for your welcome! I will talk to you all later gators!:)
Hi scrubs, I am 47 and recently finished my RN after being an LPN in a nursing home. If you want a big change go back to school and do the one additional year or so you need to be an RN. You will be happy with the additional nursing jobs available. You could always apply at Women and Infants Hospital, I love it there. :balloons: It's like Disney World there where everybody is happy (everywhere except the 4th floor, cancer patients, so sad).
Change your thoughts=change your life.
What a wonderful concept. I am trying that now. What a difference it makes and I started when I became an RN. I love my profession.
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