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Thanks! Feeling great each day knowing I have a plan. I can't wait to start counseling!
Almost finished BS in Behavioral Science then on to Masters in Community Counseling.
I am seeing it here in Delaware as well. NO LPN jobs other than desperate nursing homes and even then it is usually night shifts. All the good LPN jobs are being taken over by Medical Assistants who, by the way, are being referred to as nurses. I work in a primary care office with an MA who makes many, many mistakes and yet is referred to as "the other nurse." It really horrifies me that our dear licenses are now taken for granted. The ads in healthcare here read "looking for LPN/MA...blah blah blah" as if we are one and the same. The only problem is the MA's are snatching up the jobs because they are getting paid less. I've been an LPN for 16 years and am exhausted from trying to earn respect. I'm leaving the field altogether and getting my BA in another field. Good luck and my heart is truly with my fellow LPN's who find themselves getting boxed in further.
Just wanted to let you know my take on this coding business. I am an LPN with 15 years with varied nursing experiences and feeling like it's time to do something else until I finish my RN. I ordered an instructional textbook with cd and workbook. They have ICD-9 and CPT coding instruction. Once I finish these, I'm sitting for the AHIMA CPC-P exam. I've taken a practice exam and did very well on it, so I think self-study is OK for me. If you haven't had any exposure to coding, I think maybe a formal class would be a good idea. I went onto careerbuilder and checked out the pay, which seems to vary in different settings and states. One common thread I saw, though, was that places are looking for certification. The pay certainly wasn't less than what I make now.
Hi, just wanted to say that I tried the LPN to BSN route and ended up quitting because I got so frustrated at the timeframe. I began to realize that with just a few more classes I could be practicing as an RN, making $15-20 more per hour in some cases, and gathering new experiences. I have been pigeon-holed for so long as an LPN that I started at Excelsior college and just got my official transcript results today. The only thing standing between me and an RN at this point is the clinical weekend and six classes. That's it!!! RN here I come!
Having 15 WONDERFUL years of experience in preparing to be an RN!
I did agency for years and there are definitely pros and cons. The biggest pro, of course, being the $$$. That being said, you have to be prepared for having everything taking twice as long as if you were in the same facility all the time. If they keep sending you back to the same place, you'll get up to speed faster. It takes time to look for things, to get to know who is who, to get to know how the residents take their pills and all the little tricks. Also, knowing who your CNA's are and how they work is crucial. The difference between night and day shift is obviously no meals, quieter. NOT necessarily un-busy, but certainly less hectic than day. Basically you need to learn what paperwork is required on each shift, who has required charting. Passing meds is routine and goes the same on either shift. Just do yourself a huge favor and ask the outgoing nurse how the residents take their meds (whole, whole in applesauce, crush, in pudding, etc.) I find this is the biggest time-saver for me. Good luck
First of all, I'm not sure why you would be considered qualified to run a unit as a new nurse. Please do not take offense, I don't know your background and I'm just going by the fact that you are a new LPN. It is the responsibility of the facility to properly train and assess the learning curve of any new nurse. Shame on the hiring DON to allow this to happen. You have gotten off to a bad start and this is not appropriate or how your new position should be. It sounds to me like you were their hope for a quick fix to a chronic internal problem at the facility. Don't take this nonsense. I would recommend that you give proper resignation and find an employer who will nurture you and start you out slowly. My first job was perfect and to this day I appreciate them placing trust in me. In turn, I had an excellent orientation and plenty of time to get the ball rolling. Good luck in however you plan to deal with this and be assured that your fellow nurses are rooting for you...including me!
Thanks to all who responded. STILL awaiting official transcript reading, but am just about ready to take Transitions. Good luck everyone!
And thus, your journey re-begins. Well, at least NO CPNE for you!! Good luck.....
Thanks, Sue. I checked my unofficial transcripts and it looks like it will be mostly nursing stuff for me too. By the way, CONGRATS on being an RN!!!! I'm sure you worked very hard for it and hope you continue to hang around on the boards to give those of us starting the journey some much needed advice!!
I'm right in there with you! Just started Transitions and am waiting on the official transcript results. I have never felt more sure or more confident than I do now. There is soooo much support here and way more resources than I had when I went thru my LPN program in 1993. The internet is a beautiful resource that just keeps on giving! Good luck and hopefully those of us who are starting the journey can keep each other on track and motivated.
Great job! Can't wait for the day when I can post the same!!:spin:
Hi all and thanks for reading. I am newly enrolled in EC RN program. I am currently waiting for the "official" transcript reading, but am going ahead with Transitions per their recommendation. Can anyone tell me-based on having had a regular Community College-type LPN education-what courses did EC require you to take? (excluding the CPNE as that is a given)
Thanks for this post and replies-I am finishing up this course and was just getting ready to post the exact same thing!
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