Advice needed! Refresher LTC

  1. Hi everyone!

    I'm a 47 year old who just finished a refresher course (and the clinical really didn't refresh me!).
    I'm looking for per diem as I home school 2 kids.
    I interviewed at a LTC facility but I have been warned (by a very knowledgeable person) that I may not be able to get the hang of passing so many pills on a per diem basis.
    The orientation there is only 4 days and I did not get the feeling that they wanted to work with you on learning the ropes (probably per diem being the reason).

    I thought could ask to do full time for period (3-11) but is that crazy - to back and ask that? And I know they are scheduled up through a month in advance and I'm not sure they have any openings.
    I could do just a month full time or something.
    It is very close to and the per diem hours are super flexible; those are the big benefits for me.
    But will I end up in tears in the middle of a hall full of Alzheimers patients trying to pass so many meds?
    Just trying to get started after 12 years off...
    Please advise (what would you do?).
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  3. by   quiltynurse56
    How about part time 3-11 or whatever their evening shift is. I work 2 evenings a week and I take shifts on evenings and nights when there is a need. It has worked well for me. Gives you a bit more time to learn the ropes as well as consistency.
  4. by   luvsltcrn
    First off I hope things go well for you. I am a DON at as SNF and usually won't hire anyone PRN that doesn't have at least a year of recent SNF experience. It is VERY difficult to learn what you need to learn and retain it when you are only working PRN. I feel that it is not fair to hire someone in that position because I feel that it sets them up for failure and that is not somethings I want to do. If you can pull off working FT or even PT for a while it would probably be a huge benefit to you and the facility. Good luck in whatever you decide
  5. by   heather717
    I will ask them about that - thank you. How long do you think it'd take me to get it if I worked full time? I could do a couple of weeks of or so (or even a month) if I had to.....
  6. by   Kitiger
    Have you considered private duty (home) nursing?
  7. by   heather717
    Actually I got a job in an outpatient wound care facility. Thank you for your response.
  8. by   kiatkiat
    Quote from heather717
    Hi everyone!

    I'm a 47 year old who just finished a refresher course (and the clinical really didn't refresh me!).
    I'm looking for per diem as I home school 2 kids.
    I interviewed at a LTC facility but I have been warned (by a very knowledgeable person) that I may not be able to get the hang of passing so many pills on a per diem basis.
    The orientation there is only 4 days and I did not get the feeling that they wanted to work with you on learning the ropes (probably per diem being the reason).

    I thought could ask to do full time for period (3-11) but is that crazy - to back and ask that? And I know they are scheduled up through a month in advance and I'm not sure they have any openings.
    I could do just a month full time or something.
    It is very close to and the per diem hours are super flexible; those are the big benefits for me.
    But will I end up in tears in the middle of a hall full of Alzheimers patients trying to pass so many meds?
    Just trying to get started after 12 years off...
    Please advise (what would you do?).
    where did u get refresher course is it FENS
  9. by   heather717
    I'm in NC and it's through Wake AHEC.
  10. by   kiatkiat
    Quote from heather717
    I'm in NC and it's through Wake AHEC.
    where is that at and how long did u take it to complete i
  11. by   heather717
    Raleigh, NC. It took me a LONG time (2 and 1/2 yrs) but I was home schooling kids at the same time and took my time. I'd be surprised if all states didn't offer refreshers.

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