Interview for SNF

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Need some advice pls so I have an interview coming soon to work in a SNF I'm currently working at a substance abuse clinic the past 4 yrs since I got my Lvn license I'm working part time but need more hrs which they won't give me at this time I'm thinking of transitioning to work in a SNF which they offer full time my problem is I lack skills I've worked in a clinical setting the past 4 years with patients with addictions I've done v/s med pass doctors orders accue checks ect going to work in a SNF would be a culture shock but need to gain experience any advice on how I can make this transition without feeling stress I need get out of my comfort zone and make this happen lot nurse tell me it the worst place to work is a SNF but I'm thinking more bout gaining experience as a nurse and more hrs and money for my family pls anyone help me!!!!should I stay where I'm at or more on to a SNF pls need advice!!!

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hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

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Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 21 years experience.
Need some advice pls so I have an interview coming soon to work in a SNF I'm currently working at a substance abuse clinic the past 4 yrs since I got my Lvn license I'm working part time but need more hrs which they won't give me at this time I'm thinking of transitioning to work in a SNF which they offer full time my problem is I lack skills I've worked in a clinical setting the past 4 years with patients with addictions I've done v/s med pass doctors orders accue checks ect going to work in a SNF would be a culture shock but need to gain experience any advice on how I can make this transition without feeling stress I need get out of my comfort zone and make this happen lot nurse tell me it the worst place to work is a SNF but I'm thinking more bout gaining experience as a nurse and more hrs and money for my family pls anyone help me!!!!should I stay where I'm at or more on to a SNF pls need advice!!!

Well working SNF will definitely put you out of your comfort zone. While all nurses work hard some LTC/SNF nurses are some of the hardest working nurses I know. The regulations in the state you practice will define your scope but be prepared for a short orientation and the expectation that you will get up to speed quickly. In SNFs LVNs can be charge nurses and have to be able to work closely and cooperatively with both RNs and CNAs. Sometimes you will be asked to work as a CNA if they are short staffed so be prepared for this. If you have been working with addicts, alcoholics and their families you most likely have pretty good people skills. My best advice is to get a good pair of running shoes as you will most definitely need them . I worked in a LTC.SNF for a year while I worked on getting my skills back up to par then I quickly moved on.

Hope you have a good experience.

Hppy