I've had my LPN license for about a year now. I now work in a Psychiatric Nursing Center and an Assisted Living. I worked in a LT Facility for one month but wasn't suited for that particular facility. I have no IV's, hardly any treatments. Do you think I need to get into LTC to be able to pass Excelsior's Clinical component??? I'm starting to worry about it because I feel I'm starting to lose what I learned in school that I haven't done since being out of school. Any comments/suggestions???
Nov 19, '06
Studying for EC exams might just bring all that knowledge back. Not sure what to tell you on the IV's. One option is to take a PRN part time position at a hospital if you can find one for a short time.
Nov 20, '06
I am an LPN who has been out for a few years and and most of my experience was in a primary care office. I just finished refresher courses to get my license up to date. It is amazing how much comes back to you. YOU CAN DO IT!! I am also applying to Excelsior right away to get my RN and am looking for a PRN position as well where I can get IV and other experience that might help. Also, I have heard that Saunders Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN is a great tool for RN students!
Nov 26, '06
There are also LTACs which will provide ample opportunities for treatments, IVs and other skills. Find one that's a "teaching facility". (Long term acute care). Working "per diem" will allow you the flexibility to choose your schedule and not have to over-commit.
Have you started your Nursing Concepts Courses(1-7)? This would be step one. If you want it badly, there are various ways to work on your clinical skills. Good luck!
Nov 27, '06
Thank you so much for your input. Because of the holidays last week I decided to postpone serious job hunting until this week. I will do some research in my area to see if there are some teaching facilities like you stated. That would be great! Thanks again!
Dec 3, '06
Somehow I really think newer LPN's are going to be better off than those of us who aren't; good for you, but not for me.
In truth though I am scared to death and I've been a LPN for 17 years and counting. It's been so long since I've taken a test that it's not even funny.
To illustrate changes since I've become a nurse, when I began, many facilities still didn't allow the use of gloves when changing a patient nor for glucose testing, etc. Today most nurses would gag at that thought.
Anyway, my point is that so much has changed that I'm worrying myself into a nervous wreck. Hopefully I have what it takes.
Last edit by magnoliasouth on Dec 3, '06
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