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  1. lvnhopeful

    Very Excited :)

    Hello, sorry this took so long Jax, won't have a computer till Xmas :) I was told that Soledad and Greenfield were the places to look. The other areas are having gang problems, or so I've been told as I just said. Greenfield is nice, about 10 miles south of Soledad. Yes, very much preferable to what I was doing before, the pill lines are interesting. I hope your first week is going well.
  2. lvnhopeful

    Very Excited :)

    Hello Jax :) The first week I and another LVN and an RN came in on Monday at 8, had a half hour for lunch and left at 4:30. The next three days in at 7 am and left at 3:30. On Friday we came in at 8 am. There is a tremendous amount of paperwork to be done. It is truly amazing. This second week the times have varied. It depends on whatever job they are orienting you on. On Monday I went with a nurse and we covered RTQ (restricted to quarters) inmates. It was a lot of running around on the tiers and in different parts of the prison. It is a large place and you do a lot of walking. Hope you have good shoes! Tuesday I worked Central PCP line. Thats in a doctors office calling in patients, taking vitals and doing paperwork. There was a potluck for the personnel which was nice. I have Wednesday, today off. Then I work tomorrow, from 6 am to 2 pm, then come back again at 10 pm and work until 6 am. On the schedule they gave me it is the only time I will be working a night shift. There are not many spots for LVN's on night shift. Most of the positions I will be orienting to are pill lines. You sit at a window and pass pills to inmates. If there is a lockdown, you pack your pills and take them to the inmates in the different dorms. Hope you have fun your first week in orientation. We didn't have to wear scrubs the first week, and some of the nurses don't wear scrubs, but dress nicely. Let me know how you are doing :)
  3. lvnhopeful

    Very Excited :)

    Hello Jax :) Started on the 16th with one other LVN and an RN. Spent the week going through a mountain of paperwork and watching videos. The place is fascinating..... I now have six weeks of training scheduled, and am going to be shifted around so I learn all of the departments. Don't know yet what my final job will be. Good luck to you on the 30th. Most of the employees here seem to love their jobs.
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    pls advice for newly grad?? so nervous to start for work..

    Hello Princezzzz, Everyone here knows the feelings you are experiencing. Its a scary new world out there and after clinical experiences with teachers there to help, it is awsome to be on your own. My first job as a nurse was in LTC. I was made a charge nurse and told I would have 6 or more weeks of training. It didn't go down that way, but I did get some training. When they turned me out on my own, my first nights for a long time ran into overtime. I was told that can't happen, you need to speed up. I didn't see how that was possible. I was going all the time, missing breaks, missing lunch. Patients would need special treatments or procedures and my medpass would be late. I was a nervous wreck when I came home and thought I would never "be a nurse." A friend of mine started at the same time and had the same experience. We would go out after work and compare to see who had the worst time during our shifts, lol. After a while I noticed that I was finishing on time once in a while. Then it became more common. I found ways to speed up my medpass, delegate time-consuming tasks that didn't need a nurse to my competent aides, chart better and more efficiently. A job I had hated became (almost) a piece of cake, after several months. It takes a couple of years to fully learn about what you are doing, and even after that you are learning always. You don't learn how to be a nurse in school. They teach you about the human body and procedures and give you references so that you can make educated decisions, however, the first months working are the real training ground. I determined after my first few weeks on the job that I hated nursing (so did my friend), and I was going to look for work doing anything else. At the time even flipping burgers sounded better, more mindless. The fact that you are nervous shows you care and don't want to make mistakes. You are going to make mistakes. NONE of us are perfect. It may look like it on the surface, but after a while, that nurse that acts like she is a gift to nursing will make a mistake in front of you and you will feel just a little better about yourself. You will correctly assess that a patient needed to go to the hospital and after sending them out and finding out that the patient really needed to be sent, you will feel a little better. In order to feel those feelings, you need to jump in with both feet. Ask questions until your co-workers are pulling their hair out if need be. Arrive early and complete tasks that slow you up during the shift. Do whatever is necessary to help yourself feel better about what you are doing. Sometimes we don't get the job we want when we are new. I didn't want LTC, but in the town I was in, it was all that was available. I took what I could get and much like you, wanted to quit immediately after training. Now I am glad I stuck with it. I am going into a new and different job in the coming weeks. I am nervous and worried that I won't be able to handle the job, but my previous experience tells me I will succeed if I hang in there, do what I am told, and learn as much as possible. You will be fine. You got the schooling, which I bet you thought would never end and which I also bet you thought you may not be able to finish, but you did. This is the next step. You can do it and you will :) Good luck to you, give em hell!
  5. lvnhopeful

    LPN new to North Mississippi

    Thanks for the response NurseTisha. It gives me a little more information to work on. What is the Baylor Program? I've never heard of it.
  6. lvnhopeful

    LPN new to North Mississippi

    Hello there. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to Ms and have settled in Fulton Ms. Currently, I am waiting for my temporary permit to come in the mail. I graduated nursing school in July, 2008 so I do not have much experience yet. My california job had me working as a charge nurse in ltc on NOC's taking care of about 50 patients a night. Mississippi is where my daughter lives so I came out here to be with my family. People here have been very nice and polite, I like it I have a few questions which I hope someone will take the time to answer, and if not, well, we are nurses and busy :) North Mississippi Medical is currently hiring. They have just come out of a hiring freeze from what I've heard. On the application form it asks what I'd like for a salary. I have no idea what the current pay scale is in this state, anyone have an answer? Local snf units are taking my applications and I was wondering, what is the usual ratio of nurses to patients? I would like to meet some lpn's in the area and offer my support and friendship. Thanks for listening and reading :wink2:
  7. lvnhopeful

    Help me please. I'm begging you all.

    Hello Ayeloflo, sorry you are having such a difficult time finding work:cry: There are several things to consider about your post. First, how many applications have you filled out and returned to different facilities? Just asking around doesn't cut it. If you are really in need, go around to ALL the facilities in the area and put in applications whether they have job openings posted or not. Sometimes you can fall into a job just by being there when they need you. Second, maybe you will have to go outside your comfort zone and travel a little further for work. The inland areas seem to offer more opportunities for work than the big cities. Third, have you considered maybe working for one of the armed services as a nurse? You can access Army/Navy/Airforce online and see what they have to offer. Right now, before flu season, there are companies recruiting for nurses to give flu shots. You travel to local shopping centers and malls near where you live. Some of the ads I've seen say they train new grads. California prisons may be another way to go, though the process is slow. You can start applying online now and if nothing else comes up you may have that to fall back on.:typing How does your resume and cover letter look? Maybe going to the Employment Development Dept. may help with that and with interview skills. We can all use a little polishing from time to time:up: I hope this information helps a little. In California's central valley, there seems to be no problem finding work here. Every place I applied at this last year called me in for an interview and I had many chances of getting hired. Just no work in a hospital setting. Maybe you need to relocate if the above ideas are of no help.
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    Pleasant Valley interview for LVN, what to expect?

    I have only interviewed with a couple of LTC facilities myself, and they were pretty easy interviews, no hard questions or really tense moments at all. Must have been lucky there :) Just did the Pleasant Valley interview, they asked questions like: what would you do if a patient had a seizure, what would you do if you found out your patient had TB, why do you want to work for us, etc. One of the things that struck me was that I was in the waiting area and another interviewee was sitting next to me. She was dressed in shorts, sandals, and a tank top. Her hair was messy and she was complaining about the job she was currently working on. It looked very unprofessional and made me feel better about my chances..... Be positive, and answer questions as completely as you can. They know you are new and don't have any experience yet. Try to relax and enjoy the interview. There is a forum here that offers advice for job seekers, including books you can probably find in your local library. Hope this helps you a little :) Good luck with your interview next week.
  9. Hello, and thanks for taking time to read this post. I have an interview date this month at Pleasant Valley State Prison for the position of LVN safety nurse. Currently I work as a charge nurse in LTC with about 8 months experience. It was a surprise finding the invitation to interview after reading in the paper about work furloughs and hiring freezes. Can anyone tell me what the interview process is like, and how long it will take to find out if I am hired. Any comments appreciated. Thanks!
  10. lvnhopeful

    Trade school or community college?

    Cecilia, I went to Visalia Adult school. There is also Hanford, and Tulare schools, who teach nursing. The Visalia Adult school is located on Houston off of Lovers Lane.
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    california lvn program w/o prereqs?

    Hello Zar, Here in the Central Valley of California there are a couple of schools that accept students with a high school diploma. One is Visalia Adult School, located of course, in Visalia. I believe that Hanford has a similar prerequisite. When you apply, you take a placement test and are chosen based on how you do on the test, an oral interview and any background of medical experience such as CNA, medical office. Some of the students have no previous experience. This isn't exactly northern Cal, but maybe close. Hope it helps. You can go to the California Board of Licensed Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Techs and check out the listing for all the schools in the state.
  12. lvnhopeful

    First day of nursing school

    The authorization to test (ATT) is confusing to some of my classmates. What I figured out was that after I registered to take the NCLEX exam on the pearsonvue.com website, I was the first to get my ATT. It didn't come in the mail, but as an email through Pearson Vue as I had already registered. Others found out that when they registered, they got an immediate email with their ATT and were able to schedule their tests. I wish we were told. Its been a couple of months since we graduated and some of my friends are desperately trying to stay afloat while waiting. It seems that its very hard for new grads to get jobs in certain areas. Even having a test date helps a lot when talking to a prospective employer. So, since one of my friends asked me how to go through the registration process, I'm going to repeat it here. Go to http://www.pearsonvue.com/programs/ and select health, medicine, pharmacy and nurses aides. Then on to column two and select NCLEX Examination. You will come to a page that will have buttons for registration, test centers, etc. Just make your choice.... To register you will need $200. If you change your testing date, it will cost you $50. No matter where you live, you can take a test anywhere in the United States that has a Pearson testing center. Pearson is the only company that offers the test. When you take the test, Pearson sends the results to the board of nursing in your state. If you live in Alaska, and decide to take the test in California, the test will go back to the board of nursing in your state. Some states are compact states and will allow you to practice with an out of state license if the state you graduated in is also a member. California,where I reside, is not a compact state. If I decide to go to another state to work, I have to contact that states board of nursing and make arrangement with them to work in the state. Each state has different qualifications on what it takes to work in that state. Check it out before you make the move or you may be dismayed to find that you might have to go back to school or pay some hefty fees, or have a certain number of hours logged in your own state to be able to work. Wow, you need to learn a lot, not just about nursing itself!
  13. lvnhopeful

    First day of nursing school

    Whooo Hooooo!!!! Got my authorization to test last night in an email from Pearson Vue! Now I'm going to make an appointment to take the NCLEX test as soon as I figure out where I'm going to take it and when. Funny thing, no one else in my class that I'm aware of has gotten theirs yet. Emailed my fellow students and got some emails and phone calls back, so I imagine they will get theirs sometime in the next couple of days. It was a long wait, made longer by the anxiety to get it over with and the need to have a job. Plus, now I am really nervous about passing the test. LOL, be careful what you wish for! My family will be glad, at least they won't have to listen to me complain about waiting for the authorization.
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    Just need to vent (and gloat!)

    There was a student in my class the other students called snap because she was like a walking time bomb. She blew up at almost every student at one time or another, and there were sixty students in my class! She became hysterical in class and caused several scenes. The teachers noticed, and the head instructor told her that she was in the wrong profession. This student passed with good grades and a sigh of relief from the rest of us because we thought she might come into the class one day with a gun. Another student, on the other hand, who was quite pleasant to be around at the beginning of the year, turned out to be sneaky and lazy. He never did his work, always palmed it off on whoever his partner was. He started taking drugs and his head would loll on his shoulders in class. He became weird at clinicals to the point that I and another student told the instructor he was causing a stir at the nurses' station (he was trying to delegate work for everyone and confusing the nurses on duty). The instructor pulled him from clinical and asked him questions. He became belligerent with her, and then we all got to write our sides of the story. The drug use got worse and one of the students turned him in. He slashed my tires and another student also while we were in clinical. Fortunately there was a witness. You never know what's going to happen. Usually there is a school counselor that you can talk to, but that didn't seem to help much at my school. Be careful and document. Also, keep track of the times you do talk to your teachers and such. It helps to keep records, and that advice is from my instructor. Good luck!
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    Terrified of Nclex

    Wow! I learned as much from the CNA's as I learned from the nurses. Unfortunately, I didn't have that experience (unless you count the time when I was 16 and working as a nurses aide, which was way before they certified them) and some of the aides I worked with were absolutely wonderful. You will do well. I do understand the nervousness. In California, the authorization to test (ATT) takes a long time in coming. Especially now as there have been government cutbacks. My class graduated July 11th, and we probably won't get our ATT for another three weeks. Like the op, I understand that the longer you wait, the harder the test is to pass. Keep studying hard and don't forget. You will be a good nurse because it's what you want. We all started from the same place and we'll all end up there too. Sign up and take that test! If you take it, at least you will know you tried after all that work you put into it. You don't even have to use the license, but I bet after getting it, you will:up: Good luck, let us know!
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    You know you are in nursing school when ctxt

    You guys almost make me miss nursing school, not! LOL, keep em comin!