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scrublifenurse10 has 7 years experience as a LPN.

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    Advice/Tips for training new LPN's in LTC

    I've been an LPN for 7 years and worked in LTC for the last few years. I love what I do! My husband and I recently bought a house that is 3 counties away from where we were living (almost and hour away), and I started a new job in a LTC facility near our new home. I've only been there for about 3-4 months...but have been commended for my work ethic and positive attitude and have been asked by management to be a preceptor for training new LPN's. I'm excited about this opportunity; however, this particular facility does not have a lot of training material available. I'd love to have some sort of training packet to give new hires that will be helpful. Management is fully on board and would like me to help develop a training packet to be used facility-wide. My question is...what are the most important things you feel need to be including in the training packet for new LPN's in a LTC facility and also are there any forms, info, etc that you personally use that you feel would be helpful (please provide links to documents if you have them). Thanks so much!!
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    A&P study resources

    Two questions: 1. Does anyone have any tips, study guides, notes, etc that they can share? 2 has anyone purchased EmpoweRN How To Study for A&P program? If so, is it worth the money? Thanks!!
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    Night shift blues

    Once you get home of the mornings could you spend that 2-3 hours working on things until you get tired enough to go to bed? For instance, maybe start prepping your meal that you will be making that evening...or even get a crock pot meal started and it can cook while you sleep. Also, get all of your stuff for your next shift laid out and ready for when you wake up. This way it will keep you busy until you're ready to go to sleep, and make your time getting ready for work less chaotic and stressful.
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    LPN starting LTC Monday

    Yes it is 7p-7a. Three 12-hour shifts per week.
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    LPN starting LTC Monday

    I will be starting orientation Monday in LTC. I will be 7p-7a with 27 residents. Any advice, brain sheets, info, etc would be appreciated! FYI - it's not a "throw you in" kind of facility. Very up-scale with high employee retention and training consist of 1 week on day shift and 3 weeks on night shift (which is mandatory by their policy). Thanks!
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    LPN with new job offer!!

    Went for my drug test yesterday and she told me about how they do orientation. First day I will meet all the management team in the morning meeting and also be taken out for lunch by a member of the management team. Then there will be 3 days of facility orientation (paperwork, videos, etc). The next week I will "shadow" a nurse on dayshift (in case I have questions for management that they will be there for me to talk to). And then finally the third week I will switch to night shift to be trained for my job and that will consist of 3 weeks of training with another nurse. After that I will be on my own. They do a lot of training which I guess is why they have a very low turn over rate of their employees. Seems like it will be a really good place to work! Excited!!
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    LPN with new job offer!!

    That's what I thought to! The DON interviewed me and gave me a complete tour of the facility with great detail so I feel pretty good about that part of it. Just hoping to get some ideas and advice about what to expect on this shift etc.
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    LPN with new job offer!!

    Thanks! I appreciate the input!! The facility seems to be on the "up & up"...they have a great name in our community and very rarely have openings because they have employees that have stayed there for a long time. It really seems like a great place (although I'm sure it's going to have some problems as all places do).
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    LPN with new job offer!!

    I have been an LPN for 5 years. I worked for the first year as a night shift nurse in a hospital on med/surg unit (loved it)...then we moved and I had to leave that job. Hospitals where I live now do not hire LPNs, so I have been working the last 4 years in physicians office. It's nice to have evenings, weekends, and holidays off, but I do not enjoy my job. I recently applied for, interviewed for, and within a week of interview was offered a position in a nursing home. The position is night shift (7p-7a). The unit I will be on has 57 residents and 2 night shift nurses. Can anyone share any insight on what to expect, various duities for night shift nurse in nursing home, etc? Any cheat sheets that would be helpful? Any and all advice is welcome! Thanks!
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    What to expect skilled unit 7p-7a?

    I interviewed for LPN for skilled unit in rehab facility for 7p-7a shift. Can anyone help me out with any advice, what to expect, etc? I do know she said that I would have 15 patients. I'm pretty confident (based on what the interviewer said to me) that I may get an offer. Also...what rate of pay should I ask for on a night shift skilled unit? Thanks for any advice!!!
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    LPN with LTC interview tomorrow!

    ***Previously posted in the Geriatric Nursing thread without any response.*** I have been a nurse for 5 years. I started out in a hospital for about 1 year and then we relocated. At that point I was unable to get work in a hospital setting in my new location (they don't hire LPN's in the hospitals here). I have worked the last 4 years in physician's offices (first Urology for 2 years and now family medicine for the last 2 years). I have applied for a job in LTC for multiple reasons. 1) I love geriatrics, and that's actually why I went to nursing school was to work in LTC. 2) I would be able to work 3 12-hour shifts per week. 3) The pay would be much better (I have a kid in college). I have an interview scheduled for this Friday...Please help me know what to expect...and ESPECIALLY what questions I should go prepared to ask them. I really feel like I would be so much happier in LTC...and I also feel that alot of my nursing skills are lost and/or useless in a physician's office setting (my personal opinion). Any advice, help, etc is greatly appreciated!!!
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    LPN with LTC interview this week!!

    I have been a nurse for 5 years. I started out in a hospital for about 1 year and then we relocated. At that point I was unable to get work in a hospital setting in my new location (they don't hire LPN's in the hospitals here). I have worked the last 4 years in physician's offices (first Urology for 2 years and now family medicine for the last 2 years). I have applied for a job in LTC for multiple reasons. 1) I love geriatrics, and that's actually why I went to nursing school was to work in LTC. 2) I would be able to work 3 12-hour shifts per week. 3) The pay would be much better (I have a kid in college). I have an interview scheduled for this Friday...Please help me know what to expect...and ESPECIALLY what questions I should go prepared to ask them. I really feel like I would be so much happier in LTC...and I also feel that alot of my nursing skills are lost and/or useless in a physician's office setting (my personal opinion). Any advice, help, etc is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!
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    Typical 7-3 shift in LTC

    What's a typical 7-3 shift like for an LPN in LTC?
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    Nurse "tools" for LTC

    Just to clarify,I do know that sliding scales vary by patient as well as the type of insulin being given...I guess "scale" was the wrong term to use. What I have is more of a chart type thing where I can write in when my BS are due, what the results off accu-check were, and amount of insulin given...that way I can insure all of my BS are covered and have the info at my fingertips for charting. Thanks for the other advise! I appreciate it!!
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    Nurse "tools" for LTC

    I start my first LTC job as an LPN in one week (I have been working in a doctors office setting for 3 years). What kind of "tools" do I need to have to be a great LTC nurse? What do you carry with you on your job? Also, are there any cheat sheets, brain books, etc that you can share with me? I'm working on a little booklet to carry with me starting out so that I can remember things that I've become unfamiliar with since I've been working in an office. Some of the things I've got in there already are a BS/insulin scale, some med information, etc. if you have anything you use that you found helpful please let me know. Thanks in advance!
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    Working in a SNF

    I would stay where you are. I myself have been an LPN for 3 1/2 years in the clinical office setting and feel as though my actual nurse skill set is slim. I just gave my 2-week notice on Friday, as I too have accepted a position in LTC to gain a better skill set and eventually return to an RN program. My sister has been in LTC for 24 years and she has told me that it can be quite overwhelming for the first few months, and then one day you suddenly realize that you've developed a comfortable work flow. Just hang in there and keep looking forward to your goals as a nurse!!