Sorry for just jumping in, but I finally got a position on a floor that almost a year and a half ago I applied for (back when I was in LPN school).
I spent the last year in LTC and in a subacute rehab and vent unit at a local SNF. Around here getting into a hospital is like IMPOSSIBLE as a LPN, but the monthly phone calls to the hospital to see if they were hiring finally paid off. YIPPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no more LTC or 15 to 1 staffing rations (it really sucks when all 15 are vents) and 50 LTC pts at night. More power to the people that love LTC, but I'm soooo excited at broadening my experience and learning all I can in an acute care setting.
Okay, calming myself down. Thank you for my indulgence.
Oh wait, I'm scared crapless. What do I look for on an ortho floor so I don't look like a yahoo, trying to care for my pts?