I am not proud of my track record.

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Where do begin? :( I have been an LPN for 1 year in 2 months and unfortunately during this period I have had 5! nursing jobs. yes 5.

(1) I started off in a nursing home, just to find my niche I didn't like it but I needed a form of income and I needed some experience in the field. Two months in the DON called me and said, he thinks that its best that he let me go. He didn't give me a specific reason, but during my orientation the nurses that trained me had to evaluate how I was doing, so I assumed that did not do well during orientation. Like I said, I did not like the nursing home, I had 30-32 patients to care for and I just did not feel safe nor happy.

(2) My second job was in a pediatric home health, I was working for a family and one of the orders called for me to put cotton ball in the little boy's ears as he had surgery 2 days before. Well, I did put cotton ball in my patient ear but I had soaked and drained it with H.Peroxide. Well, the next day the family called the agency and said I put a wet cotton ball in the boys ears. The order stated for me to cleaned around the boy's ear with a cotton tip and H.peroxide and then placed a cotton ball in his ear. My mistake was I misunderstood what the outgoing nurse was telling me before she left about the patient new orders. My fault. It was a med error and the agency said I cannot work for them unless I complete a med error CEU. I never completed it, so never went back to work for them. Although, 6 months later they were still calling me to come work for them because they need nurses so bad. I didn't the patients they assign me usually live 45-50 minutes away and I just couldn't put myself through that again.

(3) My third job was a nursing home again. This lasted a month and a few weeks. I mentioned that I do not like the nursing home. I don't. But my mom work in this particular nursing home and she gave told the DON about me. Well, since my mom has been there for 5 years and a good worker they hired me. Well, I had so much patient work load that I did not do my treatments, although I charted that I did. This led to me having a meeting with the DON and 4 other people in administration. I was so nervous at that meeting that I told myself that I never want to be in such a position again. I felt humiliated, embarrassed, and just incompetent as a nurse. I was first suspended, but then let go. They informed me that they would report me to the BON. well it's been 8 months, have not gotten anything from the BON and I've checked my license online and it says I'm in good standing no complaints.

(4) My fourth job was at a pediatric clinic. i did not like it much as I felt I was losing many of my skills. I mostly gave immunizations to babies and worked on the doctor's schedule for the week. I worked there for 4 months but then i had to leave due to the fact that I started an RN program and the schedule would conflict with my work schedule. The manager loved me, got great reviews from them. I still felt bad though due to my recent firing. My self esteem just plummeted and Im still feeling like somethings wrong with me. Anyways, I did not get fired from this job, I left due to school.

(5) I am currently working for 2 agencies. one is a pediatric agency and the other is a pediatric and adult agency. Well, yesterday I got fired from the pediatric agency. The reason is I document that I left at my scheduled time when in reality I left 30 minutes early three time. Did I think they would find out? yeah. Did I think it was an issue. I did. I literally cannot figure out any reason as to why I charted that I left at 0700 when in reality I left at 0630. At the other agency I work for, one of the parents always let me leave early and she said I can still write down the time I left as the time I was scheduled. in my head, I started to think it was no longer a big deal so i did it with this agency. I know in nursing school they teach us not to do this, I hate that I'm not abiding by the things that I was taught in school and letting others influence my judgement. I knew it was a big deal and I did it anyway. I'm sure the other nurses that work with the pediatric/adult agency leave early but chart their scheduled time cause the guardian (mom) said its ok. Anyways, got called into the office today and I was let go. It is considered insurance fraud. in total I lied and said I worked 1 hour and 30 minutes. The DON were saying that the insurance company might not think its a big deal they might just say "oh, its only 1 hour and let it go. they do not think that I was trying to be malicious. but they have to report it to the BON. Two of the times I left, the patient had an appointment in the morning so he had to leave at 0530 but I charted that I left at 0600. the other time I left early is when I emailed the agency saying that I can now work 12 hours form 7pm-7am. well it wasn't suppose to start that particular week, but the following cause I have nursing clinical in the morning. Hence I left at 0630 but charted i left at 7. The DON was saying it all depends on how the BON choose to handle it.

I do not know what's wrong with me. I've never been fired before until I started nursing. I'm a few months from graduating an RN program and I still cannot get my act together. I want to treat this as a lesson learned. I'm feeling stupid cause I've been fired so many times. I'm still working for the pediatric/adult agency but I am going to chart the correct time that I leave, at the end of the day the I have to protect my license no one else. Does anyone know how long it will take for the BON to contact me? will they make a big deal over 1 hour and 30 minutes? My first year of nursing was rough. I take full responsibility. I am so embarrassed that I created another account to write this although my other account is not even lay real name. I need to remember all the handwork I put in into obtaining my license and not let it go so easily. What's wrong with me? I just do not think that I am learning from my mistakes as a normal human being would.

Sure does sound like a Troll to me... just seeking attention. Stories like this one really irks me.

I'm actually surprised that the writer had a whole lot of free time composing the story.

If all these incidents and events really happened in real life, perhaps, one of you guys will know who this person is...(well given that they are allnurses.com members).

But man! I don't think I'll have the balls to hire this person.... not because of the sob stories but just because the OP sounds fishy to me.

I just don't buy it! No advice here... sorry!

On the issue of the fast LPN to RN program it is considered a bridge program, typically they are about 9 months. In my state literally the only difference between and LPN and RN is an RN can hang blood (that came from someone who works with the board of nursing in my state).

Typically in my state a bridge program which is what that is called is only 9 months.

In my state literally the only difference between and LPN and RN is an RN can hang blood (that came from someone who works with the board of nursing in my state).

So in the bridge program, they take 9 months just to learn how to hang blood?

So often, people insist that the only thing LPNs can't do compared to RNs is hang blood. On further examination, however, that OFTEN turns out to be categorically false.

My state is pretty explicit. I am willing to bet that most states also limit the LPN scope in similar, (though certainly not in identical) ways to below:

Note that these are interpretations of the NPA by the BON:

*The LPN cannot function independently-they must be under the supervision of a RN, APRN, physician, or podiatrist.

While LPNs may do focused assessments, they cannot do comprehensive assessments.

The LPN cannot initiate care plans.

The LPN cannot do phone triage unless they have detailed "scripts" to utilize.

The LPN cannot do medical triage in the ER.

The LPN cannot pronounce death.

The LPN cannot engage in venipuncture or IV therapy without getting post licensure training.

The LPN cannot administer IV chemo.

The LPN cannot start PICC lines.

The LPN cannot give drugs via epidural or intrathecal catheters, nor can they "manage" those catheters (but can care for patients who have them).

The LPN cannot administer IV moderate sedation or monitor patients receiving moderate sedation.

Delegating tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAPs) is beyond the scope of practice for LVNs; however, LVNs may make appropriate assignments to other LVNs and UAPs.

*It is not appropriate and is beyond the scope of practice for a LVN to supervise the nursing practice of a RN.


None of the above insinuates that the LPN is not an integral part of a health care team. It does not insinuate that the LPN is not an intelligent, skilled, intuitive, compassionate, and knowledgeable nurse. It means only one thing: that by virtue of formal education, there is a defined and limited scope of practice. The same is true for RNs and APRNS.

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