As an LPN all I do is pass meds in nursing homes. I did the same exact thing as an RA in assisted living homes. A TMA does the exact same thing as me I just can do some treatments as well and get paid more.
I hate it. Right now I'm battling scabies because I fainted from heat at an interview at a nursing home (my butt was the only thing to touch the ground) and ended up catching it from the carpet or the staff chair I sat in afterwards. They had JUST discovered it had affected half of their residents and some staff and were starting treatment THAT NIGHT.
I'm trying to get a job elsewhere (non nursing related) but it's basically impossible at the moment until I get these scabies under control. And all because this nursing home cared more about getting workers asap then actually caring about their workers and residents and potential workers (seriously, how hard is it to give some warning or rescheduling for a job shadow?).
I'm in serious debt from nursing school, have no full time job, no benefits, no health insurance, the part time job I do have I can't go back to until I'm no longer contagious and I'm running out of money on these treatments (permethrin, neem, ivermectin) as well as living expenses. I'm 25 and I've had to live quarantined in my parent's basement until further notice. All because I can get paid about five dollars more an hour to do a job I've been doing for the past four years without any need for school. My sister was making more at a grocery deli with almost no salary cap and raises about twice a year than I can as an LPN.
I was even taught at my school how to do everything an RN can do (which was grueling) only to be turned away from jobs because when they give me an emergency scenario I answer like an RN instead of like an LPN, who by the way is just supposed to say, "I need to get the RN".
I understand this isn't everyone's experience but as an LPN I: get yelled at by angry staff, patients and family members as I'm running around like mad trying to pass meds to 30 residents at a time (often without a TMA or CNA to help), do treatments and followups, take care of all my diabetics in a 15 minute window by myself, chart, communicate with doctors, send residents into the ER, deal with lazy staff who sit on their phones, miss all of my breaks, get nitpicked to death by other nurses and give report to staff that want to sit and talk for over an hour. And then get yelled at by the building's executive director for passing on to them issues that were reported to us by resident's family members-like everything is the Nursing Department's fault.
All I wanted to do was help people and earn a living. Now I can't do either. I'm getting out of nursing with all the sanity I have left. It takes a strong I-won't-take-****-borderline-military attitude to be a nurse and I just don't have it.