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NeonateLVN specializes in Agency/HomeCare.

Veteran of the U.S. Army(Medic)

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    I am content to be an LPN...is that wrong?

    Pagandeva, you had me LMAO...you go girl..took the words right outta my mouth..for I too have severe gastroenteritis at the thought of returning to school, lol
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    New Graduate LVN Offered Home Health Position but, Scared

    I'm glad I saw this post. I was just hired with a home health agency. My first patient will have trach and G-button. My agency did give me ventilator training as well. I am nervous for I have done one trach and that was in nursing school in '08. And I agree-they will not throw you to the sharks if they are a good agency. My orientation is next Monday and Tuesday for two 8 hour shifts with another LPN. They say if I am not comfortable, they will continue to orient me. I'm very nervous but I need to find a job that suits me as I have not been able to yet. Since I am a relatively new nurse still, I actually think this is alot easier than the LTC and Med/Surg I have worked in. I worked LTC with 28-58 patients (the 58 # is where an LVN didn't show up )and Med Surg where that can be up to 8-10 patients. Home care is one patient usually and you get to become an expert on the skills you are using with that patient. So to sum it all up, I'm nervous too....but I think it is a great start for us newbies. Hang in there. It's also better pay and you get so much satisfaction helping these fragile children. Good luck! p.s. I only have like 7 months experience
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    Lets get a current salary thread going for 09/10

    Austin, TX area nursing agencies: 21.00-23.50/hr. This includes LTC, Med Surg, Home care... My agency is in Austin, TX but they have cases where I live here in the Killeen/Fort Hood area
  4. NeonateLVN

    Options for Nurses who HATE nursing.

    Marilyn mom, I've never thought about low level acuity psych.
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    Options for Nurses who HATE nursing.

    Blue Martian, of course you're not wrong! The point being what's right for each individual person or nurse. If your heart is in nursing, then it just is. I have the heart and compassion to care as well as the strength to see life and death but what I have seen behind the 'closed nursing doors' has deterred me. So I stick up for those who have the courage to speak out and consider changing careers. Seasoned nurses are hard on new nurses and worst when you want to leave it. Just as you found the devil in a blue dress in medical sales...some nurses have found that same thing in the area of nursing! I wish you luck in going back to nursing though! Because I enjoyed doing the skills but that's about it-so if it is your passion, then as you know, the opportunities are always there. So again good luck.
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    Options for Nurses who HATE nursing.

    Hello all, I'm glad to find that some people are able to speak their minds as far as their true feelings about nursing. One thing you ALL should know is. You obviously can't be in someone else's mind when they are expressing whether or not they like something. You have to really know yourself. I KNOW I don't like nursing anymore and I've only had my license a year. It's great to see all this encouragement now, I(trying to convince people to stay in nursing) but for some of us, it's a little too late. I'ved worked ER, corrections, and for an agency. Was I in each one long enough? Probably not-but by who's standards? If I don't like something, I know I don't. I am in a position though where I can be picky and don't necessarily 'have' to work. But if you don't like something, don't do it. Don't feel pressured. If you need a little confidence booster, then you come on allnurses because the majority of people on here won't support you if you decide it isn't for you. You'll get the answers like ones that have been said such as....you'll find butt heads wherever you go so it doesn't matter the job you have....blah blah blah. You know what true nurses do?They listen and I HEAR you when you say you are depressed, sick, and hate to go to work...I don't think that is new nurse jitters. So if you feel nursing isn't, do what YOU want to do. And at least know you have one person who feels your pain..... Good luck to all... Kimmie
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    Scared to work :(

    Wow. thanks to all of the inspirational posts. I too recently passed the NCLEX on my spouse's b-day (jan 8th) and now am considering working as a correctional nurse. I posted questions on another thread about people who have worked in corrections. I am nervous at being a newbie and everything that was said I believe ..that you don't know it all. And even the fact that I was an Army medic/EMT, have worked as a medical assistant, and nurses aide, still gives me little comfort. So I thank you guys for making us newbies not feel like total nut cases. My instructors were the opposite of other mentioned here-mine yelled at us regarding prioritizing, getting it together..and incorporated statements such as " I wouldn't want some people in this class to be my nurse". So whether it was rudeness or an attempt at an odd motivating tactic, it only added to the fear. But again, thanks to nurses for supporting other nurses, which makes me NOT believe the old adage-"nurses eat their young" you guys helped disprove that. Thanks, Kim, LVN
  8. Hello to all fellow nurses! I just received my LVN license this month (january 8th, 2009-yay!) and have found correctional nursing interesting. My grandfather retired as a CO at Rikers Island in NY. I live in central Texas in a military community(Fort Hood). I would like to know have any of you ever worked or work now, in a correctional facility, and if so, how is it-as far as skill experience, benefits and pay, and safety(i'm a female) I do have past medical experience-I was an Army medic, phlebotomist, I also have worked as a medical assistant and nursing assistant. I have an interview Feb 9th of 2009!! I applied for the part time and the prn positions because I'm taking online courses for prerequisites for BSN... Any information would be excellent. thank you!! Kim
  9. sorry posted this twice please se my thread above
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    LVN Student with an eye on Corrections

    Hello I know you posted this over a year ago but I just received my LVN license this month and have found correctional nursing interesting. My grandfather retired as a CO at Rikers Island in NY. I live in central Texas in a military community. I would like to know did you ever take the correctional job and if so, how is it? I know your in CA and will be very different from where I live but any information would be excellent. I have an interview Feb 9th of 2009. thank you `kim
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    What's your story? Why did you take up nursing?

    thank you very much. I respect your honesty.
  12. NeonateLVN

    Anyone had to do a pediatic assessment?

    Fiona, thanks for your response. When you say 'public units' do you mean like the local Health Department? If so, that's a great idea. Thanks so much. I detect an "English accent" from the way you write!
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    Anyone had to do a pediatic assessment?

    p.s. Jules A, no I've never done one before!
  14. NeonateLVN

    Anyone had to do a pediatic assessment?

    Wow! what a fast reply! Thanks for your response Jules A. Oh I'm an army veteran, I was a medic ). I would LOVE to have any assistance...peds table, anything. I don't really need a care plan. It's more of an observation to figure out if the child is meeting standard growth and development to include gross and fine motor skills, general health, sleep and rest needs, nutrition, emotional development, psychosocial development, social dev, and safe environment. Then when we assess how they do the above, we have to see how thecy compare to the acceptable standards. I guess I'd have to know the right questions to ask. To me it's like an RN admissions assessment sort of. Oh is PM some way to send an instant message? or maybe private mail? maybe I'll mess around with this site to see what you meant...thanks a MILLION. "I always appreciate the kindness of strangers!" ~Kim
  15. Hello I am in my second semester of the LVN program and am finishing up summer session I. Summer session II will be maternity and pediatrics and couplet care. For pediatrics, we have to write like this novel for a pediatric assessment to include table of contents! We have to like watch someone else's child (can't use your own) and report on everything from their health, to how they play, motor development,etc.. and the evironment that they live in-to include snooping in their medicine cabinets looking at the meds, seeing if there are any safety issues in the home etc. I already have a victim neighbor who will allow me to do this but my question is.....is anyone doing or has been asked to do anything remotely like this, and if so DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS like some references online or books to help? We have a peds book that barely says anything...any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks so much.
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    Pros and Cons on Agency vs Permanent position

    starbucks nurse, you went to work for an agency right when you graduated? just wondering if I read it right...don't you need experience before going out there alone working for an agency? thanks