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  1. Hello everyone. How can I relieve my anxiety about going to work? I've been a nurse for 2 years. I used to work in a SNF, which would stress me out before and during work, but not to this extent. Currently I work perdiem in a neuro subacute center, so my anxiety is related to the acuity of the patients, not knowing what will happen, if I'll be able to get everything done, if I'll know how to properly handle a situation, and knowing I have people's lives in my hands. There's constant sends out, admissions, changes of conditions, picky & rude patients, ventilators, very intensive care required. As it may seem, I'm also not very assertive. I've been working on that though. And I tell myself that it's no different than SNF. But ever since I've started at this place, my anxiety is through the roof. I can't sleep the night before, get nightmares about work, I have trouble eating, my heart rate skyrockets, my hands tremble, I get nauseous. I've even doubted if nursing is for me. I've tried meditating, breathing techniques, and even when I get through an OK shift, I get anxious about my next shift. I've tried applying for different areas such as doctor's offices but no luck. Do you guys have other advice on how I can manage this? Thanks.
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    LVN in Dermatology?

    Hi everyone. Have any fellow LVNs/LPNs worked in dermatology? What is a typical day like, and is there any difference between LVN and Medical Assistant duties in this specialty? Also, what is the pay in your city? I am in Bakersfield, CA. Any input or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  3. I started a per diem position at a brain & spinal cord injury rehab a couple months ago. This company has 3 different locations in town, but I was only trained for 6 days at "Location A". On the last day of my training, they tell me last minute that "Location B" needs coverage the next day. Management tells me to finish my training over there (which at this point there's 2 hours left on the shift). I think to myself, I've trained for 6 days, and it's the same company, so it should be ok right? Wrong. For the two days that I picked up at Location B, my life was hell. 2 hours was not enough to prepare me for the havoc. Nurses are always quitting at this location, calling in, and running around like you wouldn't imagine. I can see why people are always quitting. I thought I had seen crazy, but this place is something else. They even had an LVN (with no CNA certification) pick up a CNA shift one day. When I was there, I got my head ripped off by a family member because I didn't do things how she wanted them done. She made a big scene and talked bad about me to EVERYONE. Then all the other patients & families were extremely rude to me. I know my worth as a nurse, but boy did I feel pathetic those days. I'm more than willing to pick up shifts at the other locations. Unfortunately, the other locations are the ones that are fully staffed with no days available. Location B keeps calling me asking me to pick up shifts. Out of 19 available shifts that they have for June, I've only picked up 2. I am also taking summer classes which are demanding. So I keep rejecting these shifts because they interfere with school, or because I just don't feel comfortable going back. Even nurses with years of experience leave almost in tears. Is it wrong for me to feel guilty for not picking up at Location B? Sometimes I feel obligated but then I think about my license and my sanity.
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    Corrections vs private duty nursing?

    Hi all! I am new to this site but not new to nursing. I've been an LVN in California for almost 3 years and have experience in Skilled Nursing and in Assisted Living. Neither were much of my liking, but I stuck around. Now I am ready for something different, and slightly less hectic than SNF. I know the grass isn't always greener, just different grass, and that everything comes with pros and cons. But I'm trying to see the light and search for something that will suit me better. Here in my county, there aren't too many opportunities for LVNs. I like the idea of having 1:1 in private duty, and I feel I have the character for working in jails. I'd like to hear from those of you who have worked in private duty or jails/prisons. What is the usual work day like? Would you choose one over the other? Did you look forward to going to work? Because I dread the thought of going to my job in SNF
  5. Hi all! I am new to this site but not new to nursing. I've been an LVN in California for almost 3 years and have my experience in Skilled Nursing and in Assisted Living. Neither were much of my liking, but I stuck around. Now I am ready for something different, and slightly less hectic than SNF. I know no job is going to be a walk in the park and everything comes with pros and cons. But I'm trying to see the light and searching for something that will suit me better. Here in my county, there aren't too many opportunities for LVNs other than those I've mentioned. I like the idea of having 1:1 in private duty, and I feel I have the character for working in jails. I'd like to hear from those of you who have worked in private duty or jails/prisons. What is the usual work day like in each? Which would you choose? Did you look forward to going to work? Because I dread the thought of going to my job in SNF
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