Question for LPNs/LVNs

  1. Hello Everyone ,
    I'm not new to this site but new as a poster/member. I am not a nurse yet nor a nursing student. I am awaiting the entrance exam in 4 weeks. I'm hoping to get into my local technical college's practical nursing program. I am a single mother of two asd boys. I was wanting to do LTC, but I am terrified of the med passes. Also the nurse to pt ratio. If I am able to make it through school and the nclex would there still be other job opportunities as a lpn than LTC? I really love the elderly people. I am wanting to further my education if and when i become an lpn. I live in SC by the way.

    Thanks
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  3. by   caliotter3
    You can work in extended care home care if an agency will hire you. Some hire nurses right out of school. You will need to feel comfortable with their stated orientation program. Ask for an "easy" patient case to start with, and do your homework. You will be provided a copy of the care plan. Look up the meds and any treatment that you are not familiar with, ask the supervisor questions if there is anything on the care plan you do not understand. Routine care for stable patients, only one patient in a home environment, should be a lot easier to adjust to this than the madhouse of an LTC facility.
  4. by   asdmommaof2
    Thanks so much for commenting and advice!
  5. by   Birdie3
    I am starting an LPN program in the fall and have those concerns as well! I am thinking maybe home care or doctor's office would be a better fit for me. I'm sure we'll know better how we feel as we go through school and practical.
  6. by   Snow17
    You can also work in the a hospital or doctors office. Im in CA but these jobs can be hard to find, but they are there.
  7. by   arudesea
    I'm an LPN in GA and have exclusively worked LTC for about 4 years. I am currently applying to a LPN-ASN bridge program that would start in January 2019. LTC can be very intimidating, but it is unfortunately the most readily available position for LPN's in my area. You could look into Dialysis Facilities and MD's offices. My experience of MD office jobs is that they mainly hire MA's or CNA's and if they do hire LPN's they pay them the same rates they would pay one of CNA's. On the subject of LTC's, if you can get in and get a good orientation, they can be fantastic places to work. LTC's are really about time management. Also be sugary-sweet during clinical rotations, they often can lead to employment opportunities post school. Hopefully this helps! Good luck to you in your program and future endeavors!
  8. by   asdmommaof2
    Quote from arudesea
    I'm an LPN in GA and have exclusively worked LTC for about 4 years. I am currently applying to a LPN-ASN bridge program that would start in January 2019. LTC can be very intimidating, but it is unfortunately the most readily available position for LPN's in my area. You could look into Dialysis Facilities and MD's offices. My experience of MD office jobs is that they mainly hire MA's or CNA's and if they do hire LPN's they pay them the same rates they would pay one of CNA's. On the subject of LTC's, if you can get in and get a good orientation, they can be fantastic places to work. LTC's are really about time management. Also be sugary-sweet during clinical rotations, they often can lead to employment opportunities post school. Hopefully this helps! Good luck to you in your program and future endeavors!
    Where I live the MAs replace them in doctor's offices too. Its rare to find them now in doctor facilities and hospitals. Having a lot of nurses in my family and knowing their past experience in LTC makes me afraid. In my area they hire out the wazoo for lpns in nursing homes. Also seeing post on here makes me anxious. But if I have to then I will. I was really wanting to go into geriatrics because my love for the elderly. But I know its doable. Thanks and thanks to everyone.
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    There is also corrections & if you're lucky you might find a hospital that still hires LVNs. I got lucky & got a job on a med/surg floor. There is also psych & drug rehab.
  10. by   asdmommaof2
    I think corrections would be kind of interesting. Thanks!
  11. by   Wannabenurseneko
    One of my friends got hired as an LPN in the hospital , you can also work in psych , assisted living .
  12. by   asdmommaof2
    My Aunt was a psych nurse for 20+ years and loved it. I am interested in things like that as well.

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