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moomin has 1 years experience as a LPN and specializes in LVN.

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  1. moomin

    Least Stressful LVN Jobs?

    Hello, I was wondering what are the least stressful LVN jobs? Also, what would it be like as an LVN working in a clinic? I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!
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    Home Health LVN vs RN

    I am curious about Home Health. I am a new LVN with 3.5 months experience. How much experience is recommended before entering HH? What does a HH LVN do vs. a HH RN? Is home health nursing less stressful than working in a skilled nursing facility?
  3. Hello, I have been a LVN for 3 months working in a SNF. I feel called to working with people with developmental disabilities but I am having a hard time finding out where to apply or where to even look for places that offer a position in this. Any advice on how to find group homes or companies that hire LVNs in California for this field? Are there certain websites that anyone could recommend for job searching this area? I would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you!
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    How to get into developmental disability nursing?

    I would also love to find a career working with developmental disabilities. Did you end up finding a job in this specialty? If so, how did you find it? If you don't mind me asking. Thank you
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    Hypertension and Hypotension

    I am a new nurse working at a SNF. I was wondering what other nurses do first if a resident has high BP or a resident has low BP?
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    Anxious nurse.... should I leave nursing?

    You are not alone. I have anxiety too before work and sometimes I have social anxiety too. Some days worse than others. I am trying to be patient with myself. Take deep breaths. Tell yourself you are trying your best and that is what matters. Reading positive affirmations can help you get a lighter perspective on your day. You are an amazing nurse, you are helping children. That is a beautiful gift to share with the world. You are stronger than you think and you have a big heart. The world needs nurses like you. You deserve to be happy and you can be happy. Maybe consider part-time work if you are full-time to ease the stress. Some of my stress relievers that may help you as well are being outside with nature, exercising, eating healthy, playing with my dogs, drawing, deep breathing, yoga, essential oils like lavender, reading positive affirmations, and meditating. I will leave you with an affirmation, "I choose to live with courage. I do not allow others to intimidate me. I stand my ground. I never give up."
  7. I am 2 months in as a new LVN at a SNF and already want to either go part time or quit. I am afraid if I don't go down to 3 days a week I will have a mental breakdown or up and quit (which I can't even afford to quit). I already dread going in to work because it is so stressful and understaffed at times. Anyone else have to go part time because of stress? Is it common to be a new grad and already want to cut back on the amount of days I work?
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    School Nurse as a new LVN?

    I am a new LVN currently working in a SNF for 2 months. I applied for a school nurse position but I wonder if it is better to get more experience first? The SNF I work at is very stressful. I am also wondering how the stress of being a school nurse compares to the stress of working at a SNF? Any comments would be appreciated.
  9. I would really appreciate any input about what types of jobs are out there for LVNs that don't involve bedside nursing? I am trying to decide what is the right path for me in nursing and would like to know what options are out there. I'm a new LVN and not really sure if bedside nursing is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.
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    Wondering if I can do this.

    I feel the same way. I am a new LPN at LTC too and I feel so overwhelmed and discouraged most days. I find taking notes to be helpful so I can look back to them when something happens. I take forever too when passing meds. I'm going to try and stick it out for 6 months to a year and hopefully by then I can find my niche in nursing. I already feel burnt out by LTC because the amount of work assigned to one nurse is unrealistic and unsafe in my opinion. I didn't expect it to be so much either.
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    Not what I expected so far.

    I am 2 months into nursing as a new LVN at a SNF and feeling pretty depressed lately about my career choice. I don't feel like I'm really making a difference in the patients' lives. I feel constantly rushed and overwhelmed and this is causing me anxiety. I get thrown a new admit without even being trained, etc.. Just passing out the meds is so draining and time consuming that I feel like I can't even focus on the individual patients and their actual needs. Work loads are extremely unrealistic, it's disheartening. I feel jaded and disillusioned about nursing already and I am only 2 months in. It's very sad to me to feel this way. I feel an overwhelming sadness about this lately. I feel like a robotic med-pusher who is in a frantic rush to get little tasks done. I don't even feel like this is helping anyone. I can't even believe what nursing facilities expect 1 nurse to complete in one shift. I can't take my time or I'll never go home. I feel sick about it lately. I don't know what to do, I don;t know what path to take anymore. I am lost and have been lost about my career choices my whole life. I am 35 and never feel like I have found what is right for me. Too much energy has already been invested and yet still not gratified. I don't know what would be the right path of nursing for me to make me happy, where I feel like I really am making a difference and not just rushing around all day stressed out of my mind. That helps no one.
  12. I am a recent LVN graduate and got my first job at a long term care facility and ended up quitting after only 2 weeks! I quit because I didn't feel ready to be on the floor alone and I didn't feel like it was the right place for me. I felt like my license was at risk. I was supposed to have a longer orientation but they pulled a fast one on me and threw me out on the hardest station alone. It felt dangerous and extremely stressful. The orientation I had placed me around to different stations, which made it even harder. I was so overwhelmed and stressed that I had to quit without even putting in a 2 weeks notice. I am very disappointed and depressed that my first nursing job turned out this way. I am worried that this bad experience and me quitting will affect my future opportunities of getting hired. I have applied to a couple places but left this last job off of my resume because I was only there 2 weeks. I would appreciate any advice about how to address this bad experience with future employers. I don't have any family members or friends in the nursing field so any advice would help. Will the last job show up on a background check if I only worked there 2 weeks? Was it a bad idea of me to quit without a 2 weeks notice considering I was supposed to still be in orientation and was just thrown out on the floor? It was "at will" employment and in the employee handbook it stated that both the employee and employer are free at anytime, with or without notice and with or without cause, to end the employment relationship. I am really upset and stressed about all of this and worried about how it will affect my future opportunities. I hope I am just overthinking the whole thing and it won't be as bad as I am thinking. Any words of wisdom would be very much appreciated at this time.
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    New Nurse Struggling and Stressed

    Thank you for all the advice. I ended up leaving the position because I was thrown out onto the floor alone before my orientation was even finished. They did not even give me a heads up and not only that, they put me on the hardest station. Even the seasoned nurses there say it is the hardest station to be on. During my short training I was thrown around to different stations so I was not even comfortable or very familiar with the residents I ended up with. My supervisors didn't seem like they really cared all that much, they were too rushed and preoccupied with other things. I couldn't even find the DON to tell her how I was even feeling. I only lasted 2 days by myself and on both days I was faced with handling difficult situations I was not even trained in. When I would try to find help from another nurse they were too busy to show me what to do. When I would finally get some sort of help, it was always rushed and not clearly explained. I worked 10 hours yesterday with only one 30 min. break and I was still behind and didn't finish everything. Last night was my last straw. I have not felt so mentally unstable and drained due to a job. I do not want to lose my license because of poor training. I also don't want to unintentionally harm a resident because I am so stressed and poorly trained. It felt like a disaster waiting to happen. I just hope this isn't a common way of training nurses. I hope I can find a place with a small amount of beds or maybe even do home care. Wherever I end up I really hope it is better and provides me with good training. I hope my next job provides new nurses with inservices and brushing up on skills because this job sure didn't . I will try no to let this really bad experience as my first LVN job paint the picture of how it will be.
  14. I am 7 days into my orientation at a nursing home and I am already questioning if this field was the right choice I made. School doesn't compare to the real thing and they don't prepare you for what is to come. I am really stressed about being on my own. I have only 4 more days left of orientation and I am really struggling to finish med passes on time, I am always way late finishing them. I am struggling to remember how to efficiently work the computer system and all the paper work and how to correctly do the charting and etc. I honestly didn't think it would be this hard and overwhelming. The other nurses seem to have it down great and they seem unfazed by the heavy work load. I stand out like a sore thumb and feel like the weakest link. The amount of residents given per nurse is unsafe. I am constantly rushing and that's still not enough, even though I am going as fast as I can. I really don't know what to do at this point. It's not like I can just switch careers after all the time and money put into school. I hate not being able to have enough time to really pay attention to the residents, if I take more than 30 sec or a minute to talk to them it would set me way back. I didn't think it would be like this. I can't see myself being worked this hard for the rest of my life and feeling like my license is at risk. I am already being told I am too slow and need to catch on quicker and I've already been lectured twice from the supervisor. The workload is unrealistic. I don't know if there are better options out there for a LVN to work or if most of the places are going to be this crazy and stressful, or if I should already go in a different direction.
  15. I have 1 more week of LVN school and I am really not feeling ready for the floor. I'm struggling with low confidence about my ability to perform hands on skills. I don't feel like my school prepared me enough for the hands on skills performed by an LVN. Is this a common feeling for a new grad to have? Going in to my school program, I really thought I would feel way more confident and ready for the real world by the end. I thought I would have most, if not all, of the skills under my belt. Are nursing managers expecting entry level hires to be ready to perform these skills at the drop of a hat, or will they go over the skills again in the orientation? I would appreciate any feedback from anyone to help ease my anxiety and fear.