Anything else I can do besides bedside nursing?

  1. Hello everyone,

    I just graduated an LVN/LPN program and wanted to know if there is anything else I can do besides bedside nursing. I dread having more than I can handle and I don't want to take it out on the patients. The other day I was working as a CNA and a lady coded on a different hall, and I could tell the nurse had been crying. The patient died and was a full code. This scares the daylights out of me to be in a situation where there are tube feedings, dysrhythmias, c/o SOB, etc., and can't check on the patients. The constant choking and moaning almost makes me want to shy away because of the liability.

    Does anyone know of a fun job for nursing, LVN/LPN?
    Last edit by fibroblast on Dec 19, '17
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  3. by   Jessasaurus
    If you enjoy patient interactions, a job in a physician practice is usually a great job for LPN's. You have lots of specialties to chose from, OB, peds, family practice, etc. Unfortunately all jobs can have their stressors, however acute care and SNF's are known to be high-pressure. If those things scare you, that may waver with time and experience. But the beautiful thing about nursing is you have options, and not all jobs are as stressful or "life and death".
  4. by   nrsang97
    Physician's office, home care (one of my grandma's home care nurses was a LPN), or private duty nursing. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
  5. by   wheresthecharge
    There are a lot of jobs nurses can do. Think beyond the traditional (though some do need an extra course or two):

    Educator (Public Health or Post-secondary)
    Research (assistant or associate)
    Politics (union)
    Occupational nurse
    Doctor's office/clinic
    Consultant/Case Manager
    Discharge Planner/Patient flow Coordinator
    Liability Claims
    Professional nursing association (support staff)

    Etc., best of luck!
  6. by   Aunt Slappy
    Quote from nrsang97
    Physician's office, home care (one of my grandma's home care nurses was a LPN), or private duty nursing. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
    Yeah, but in home care there will still be tube feedings, SOB, vent/trach.....
  7. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from Aunt Slappy
    Yeah, but in home care there will still be tube feedings, SOB, vent/trach.....
    But only one patient at a time- not 30 or more!
  8. by   PharmGuy
    I'm a plasmapheresis Nurse in a plasma donation/processing center. The position is called a Physician Substitute (Phys Sub for short) according to the FDA and involves the intake, assessment, and monitoring of prospective and returning/established donors, in addition to interpretation of lab tests, consultation with the Center Physician (in person weekly and by text/phone the rest of the week), and treatment of reactions or adverse events.

    I love the challenges of my work, the donors who become like family, and the level of responsibility for an LPN-level Nurse. The pay is pretty good, too!
  9. by   Fiona59
    Cataracts and retina clinics

    Outpatients

    Day Surgery

    School vaccination programmes.

    It all depends on where you live and work.
  10. by   fibroblast
    I have lost motivation to be a nurse. The morale where I work is so low. No respect, no anything. They are always 'desperate', and if you say you can't work you're basically given a guilt trip. Being a new LVN, I'm sure it won't be better.

    I don't understand, I am always first to respond when someone is complaining of chest pain, SOB, if there is a code (which has not happened on my unit), I am first to respond (even if it is on another unit, when there is limited staff). I drop what I'm doing to go. While everyone else just walks slowly, not apparently concerned.
    Last edit by fibroblast on Dec 29, '17
  11. by   ArtClassRN
    Quote from fibroblast
    Does anyone know of a fun job for nursing, LVN/LPN?
    Nope.
  12. by   cleback
    Quote from wheresthecharge
    There are a lot of jobs nurses can do. Think beyond the traditional (though some do need an extra course or two):

    Educator (Public Health or Post-secondary)
    Research (assistant or associate)
    Politics (union)
    Occupational nurse
    Doctor's office/clinic
    Consultant/Case Manager
    Discharge Planner/Patient flow Coordinator
    Liability Claims
    Professional nursing association (support staff)

    Etc., best of luck!
    For LPN prepared nurses though? I've only heard of RNs and most often BSNs in public health, for instance. Same with research. So not to be a Debbie downer, but I think the opportunities are more limited and the OP should know before leaping down this rabbit hole of a career.
  13. by   sunflower83b
    Try detention centers in your area.
  14. by   nurse_flo_marie
    Quote from fibroblast
    I have lost motivation to be a nurse. The morale where I work is so low. No respect, no anything. They are always 'desperate', and if you say you can't work you're basically given a guilt trip. Being a new LVN, I'm sure it won't be better.
    That's pretty sad your work environment has given you such a grim outlook on becoming a nurse. Not saying other places will have greener grass, but you definitely need a change.

    Why did you want to be a nurse? What are your skillsets (think non-medical)? I agree with the primary care practice, assisted living & home care suggestions. You will have to check the scope of practice within your state for LPNs. Some pharmacies hire LPNs in certain roles.

    Good luck!

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