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by Susycute Susycute (New) New

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I have been an LVN for almost 3 years now. I currently work in a pediatric clinic. I am the only LVN there along with 4 MAs. I have been at this place for almost 2 months. Prior to this place I also worked in a pediatric clinic. I am struggling!!! The MAs have made me feel like they don't want me there. They have stated they have run the clinic without a LVN for a long time. They question the way I do vaccines(like I mentioned I have previous pediatric experience). Also at my previos job we used a different EMR system so I’m also struggling to grasp theirs and ofcouse I ask a lot of questions especially on how things are done here since I did things different  where I came from. Like today an 11 yr old pt came in for a vaccine as a nurse visit and didn’t have his yellow card with him so I only gave the vaccine he came in for. Later one of the MAs tells me the MD is upset because I only gave one vaccine and didn’t offer to give TDap which he will need for school. I understand my mistake of not double checking but even the MA scolded me stating “that was the whole point of the visit”. I also feel the MD should of approached me and not the MA. When I administer vaccines this MA goes in to see how I vaccinate. I’m very annoyed I’m trying not to be negative but what can I do? Should I take it to my office manager or should I ignore?

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When the MA complained to you using the MD as the source of frustration, was she doing so because she was passing gossip to you, or was she doing it because she is your direct supervisor?  You need clarification as to who you report to and who you should be expecting constructive criticism and coaching from.  Talk to the office manager.  If you don't like what she tells you, then make plans to work elsewhere.  But be aware that there are lots of people who will try to boss you around at lots of places of employment.  It is up to you to stand up for yourself.

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She did it because the MD complained to her. Later on the MD scolded me infront of another MA. It just bothered me the fact that MD told her instead of speaking directly to me. Now I feel she gave this MAs another reason to question what I do. I’ve been there 2 months and management never told me who was training me or my actual duties. They let MAs trained me which is in some point understandable since they have run the clinic but I don’t know I feel like I’m not taken seriously by anyone there.

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Then, you will have to decide if you can put up with this low level toxic situation on the sake of keeping a job, or whether you should seek a better work environment.  You know about that saying, "You teach people how to treat you."  Eventually, that will apply here.  Decide if this job is worth it to you.  Sounds as if the MD doesn't have a good handle on how to treat people.  As long as the problem is with him, you probably won't be able to win.

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  I don't work in your area of nursing, and I know vaccine schedules are different.  Did they come in for school vaccines?  I know for example my daughter got her tdap vaccine at the end of the school year of 5th grade for middle school, at the school.  Another county over, they do the tdap vaccine in middle school.  Maybe get clarification on the vaccine schedule the office follows...so you can familiarize yourself with it.  When you are voicing or questioning differences in how things are done comparing one clinic to another, could they be assuming you are criticizing what they do?  Are you working independently, or still training?  Did they come to watch you vaccinate for technique or are they making sure you are doing the right vaccines?  Are they used to using different anatomical sites at this clinic, and wanting to make sure you using the offices recommended sites?

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Seems to me they are jealous, because you have a license, and they don't. Seems like they want you out so they can run the clinic themselves like they want to. 

I think you should remember you have the education and the license that they don't. Stand up for yourself, do what is right , follow the dr's orders. Check out the policy and procedure books for any questions you have. Don't let them bully you out of the job if you like working there. 

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"nursy" has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse.

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One thing you haven't made clear, is, as an LVN are you working equal duties as the MAs, or are you in charge of them.  If they haven't had anybody over them before, they will resent it. The fact that you're probably making more money than they are will also create resentment.  Also, while you have been an LVN for 3 years, and worked at another pediatric clinic, you have only been at this clinic for 2 months, so their knowledge base is greater than yours at the moment.  The best thing to do is try to respect their knowledge and honor their experience.  Then they won't feel as threatened (although it may take time for them to come around).

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