Mature LPN's Treated Unfairly - page 2
Just wanting to know if anyone else has experienced any of these issues. As an LPN of 16 yrs., and almost 60 years old, I find myself on the "outside, looking in" quite frequently. Needless to... Read More
May 2, '08Occupation: Licensed Practical Nurse Specialty: Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 9,297; Likes: 8,222I am sorry that these stories scared you, but it is better to take off the rose colored glasses than to just walk into it and fall into a bear trap. It may not be that each place is this way, but with the high ratios of patients to nurses, even the places that are nice are not always able to take care of their patients the way that they should.
May 5, '08Occupation: LTC Noc Charge Nurse Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in LTC ; Joined: Mar '08; Posts: 97; Likes: 83Quote from MrsBradyMomDon't be depressed or discouraged. The elderly need caring, loving nurses to care for them. These LPN's are right, as scary as it sounds. The government could do so much more for the elderly and LTC but they turn a blind eye. My LTC facility sound much like Frustrated LPN's does I've been in LTC for 15 yrs and I too have lost more than one job d/t standing up for pt's who could not stand up for themselves. Keep your chin up, do the best you can to help where you can, and show these wise elderly pt's they still matter to you.You all are scaring me. I want nothing more than to work with the elderly when I graduate in December. My rotations in LTC have felt like "home". After reading some of these posts, I don't know now. The elderly need advocates....what's the point of working in LTC if management won't let me do that? Perhaps I should remove my rose colored glasses. Now I'm depressed.
May 5, '08Occupation: ER Tech Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in PCT - ER, Ortho, Neuro, Med-Surg ; Joined: Apr '08; Posts: 69; Likes: 170Quote from MrsBradyMomYou all are scaring me. I want nothing more than to work with the elderly when I graduate in December. My rotations in LTC have felt like "home". After reading some of these posts, I don't know now. The elderly need advocates....what's the point of working in LTC if management won't let me do that? Perhaps I should remove my rose colored glasses. Now I'm depressed.
First of all, remove the term "rose-colored glasses" from your vocabulary. You need to approach your work with patients with open eyes and realism, but that term is far too often used by people to discredit those among us who have the heart and the passion to do the things most are too afraid, too frustrated, too worn out to do in life. I'm not making a value judgement against those who are afraid, frustrated or tired. I am just telling you not to allow their judgement become yours, particularly when it comes to what you feel you are called to do in life.
If your heart is with working with the elderly, if that is what feels like "home" to you, I hope you will listen to your own instincts first and foremost.
Truth? You will run into cynical management with limited vision. You will encounter family members who make you want to pull every hair on your head out. You will be told by fellow staff members that minimal physical care is adequate for the elderly and there is no need to bother yourself with the hearts and minds of geriatric patients or residents.
And at every turn, you will have the choice of accepting the second-hand views and tired old standards of others or strengthening your resolve to offer excellent care to those who have earned far more respect and compassion than they are given these days.
Follow your heart. The world will be a better place because of people like you.
Be good, and you will be lonesome.
--- Mark Twain, Following the Equator
Be lonesome, and you will be free.
--- Jimmy Buffett, That's What Livin' Is To MeLast edit by southlandshari on May 5, '08
May 5, '08Occupation: CRRN, now a case management RN Specialty: Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 38,032; Likes: 69,296I recently asked my nurse manager, "Why does our facility dislike older nurses?"
Her response: "Older nurses are difficult to deal with. They're stuck in their ways, and are always too busy arguing. Newer nurses are easier for us to work with."
Ironically, my nurse manager is over the age of 40.
Does age discrimination exist in the nursing workforce? Yes, it certainly does! And it is the totally incorrect thing to do.
May 6, '08Joined: May '08; Posts: 2Whoa I Must Work In The Same Place You Do Its All Sounds So Familar But All Of My Don Adon Owner Are All Kin Try Working In These Conditions And Most Of The Office Staff Are Kin. When I First Started Working There Somebody Told Me Watch What You Say And They Were Right. But I Stay Because I Love My Residents
May 9, '08Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 334; Likes: 221LOL. I have to laugh about older nurses int LTC. I have worked in several areas here and find that your strongest nurses in the "off shifts" are older nurses. We have no younger children at home and our spouses (if we have one) are very agreeable to our shifts. We have experience and can problem solve in a heartbeat. We are the most outspoken when it is important to us for the pts. But, we also know the politics of the place and know when to let it go LOL. We can't change our work place, but we do change the way our pts. see us.