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    My clinical instructor...

    "You were so lucky to have a clinical instructor like this in nursing school period. My experience in an accelerated program was just the opposite. There was one clinical instructor my second semester who was very instructive and encouraging. However, my worst case scenario was a clinical instructor who would not allow the other nurses or nursing students to help me move heavy patients. They were informed by the instructor that they could not help me because I had to do it myself. What should I have done in this situation?" I would have mentioned that lifting heavy patients alone is not safe - either for the patient or for you. I work in a hospital and with heavy patients who cannot move on their own to help, I ALWAYS ask for help, and my patients always understand. Sorry to hear that you had an instructor like that. S/he IMO should not be teaching others.
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    My clinical instructor...

    I will have to say without reservation or exception that when I was in nursing school, my *clinical* instructors were the absolute best. They were the most honest, down-to-earth, and genuinely helpful people on the face of the earth. I cannot really say the same for my classroom instructors. Clinicals might be dreaded by some students, but they were the only part of nursing school that I really enjoyed, even considering the "care plans" and "nursing diagnosis" papers we were required to write.
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    Being bullied at school (I thought we were all adults here!)

    I actually somewhat agree with the post, but I still think bullying is real, it's a real problem, and no it's not just in the person's emotions or mind. And it shouldn't be tolerated. Having said that, it's been my own personal experience that to survive and prosper in the healthcare work setting, especially in a large busy hospital, you have to grow a thick skin. I know I've had to. If you don't you will go around 24/7 being offended and put off by everything and everyone. And be careful about how you report stuff to people and who you report it to. Retaliation takes many forms and can be very subtle and insidious. There's an art and a trick to being able to swim with sharks without becoming one yourself. If you end up becoming one yourself, then the bullies have won. Lots of people cope and survive by becoming this way themselves in self defense, and that's a sad thing to see happen.
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    Lawsuit Claims Nurse Was 'Worked to Death'

    @ OP: There isn't now, and never has been a "nationwide shortage of nurses". There are plenty of qualified, educated American citizens willing and able to work as nurses. The shortage is of employers willing to hire them and pay them what they are really worth. Hospitals are under pressure to cut costs and many do it by hiring more unlicensed personnel, hiring foreign nurses, etc all who will work for less money.
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    Night shifters-when do you eat?

    I've worked the overnight shift for many years now, even before I started working at a hospital. We are mandated to take at least a half hour clock out break during our twelve hour shift. I usually take mine around 1 to 1:30 AM which is about the halfway point of my shift. Sometimes I'm hungry then, sometimes I'm not. I still take my break at about the same time regardless. Things are so hectic and heavy acuity-wise that after the first six hours you really need a break - a real break where you get away from the nursing pod and aren't listing to call lights etc. Taking my break when I do breaks up my night nicely. When I'm at home I eat at the normal times except that I don't have breakfast because I'm going to bed then. I get up and have lunch with the Mrs. and later in the evening dinner. I follow this at home on my days off as well as on. When I am at home I stay up late and I might have a snack around 1 am. I've always been a late night person, even when I'm off work.
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    Are these true or false rumors about LPN

    Teaching plans are created by determining what a patient needs to know for their continuing care and their ability to learn.The RN makes the call as far as what the patient needs to be taught and how. When a patient is first admitted to the hospital, for example in the ER, an RN must do a complete physical assessment, and an LOC assessment. this is then documented in the patients chart. Many case managers in the hospital where I work are RNs. They help coordinate care for the patient and work with social workers and people from various departments and disciplines.
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    Are these true or false rumors about LPN

    It all depends on where you live and what the defined scope of practice is. Where I'm at an LPN can do practically everything an RN can - the only things only an RN can do are care plans, teaching plans, initial hospital assessment and admissions, case management, student nursing teaching, and nursing supervisory positions. Things considered skills related like starting IVs and administering IV meds, LPNs can do. But here like everywhere else, LPNs have been mostly phased out of hospitals. And it is somewhat harder to find a job. My advice is to do what I am doing - go ahead and get your LPN but stay in school and keep going until you get your BSN, and while you are doing that keep looking for an LPN opening to help give you that nursing experience while you are in school
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    Job Fair Hints

    A lot of it depends on where you live. Where I live, the local Chamber of Commerce, and also the businesses themselves together, helps advertise job fairs, and ads are run in the paper, on TV, Internet, and billboards. Billboard advertising is big where I live and I see job fairs advertised that way a lot. It depends on what sort of C of C and business community you have in your area and how organized and active they are. Schools BTW are notorious for not keeping up with this stuff. I've even attended a state university in the early and mid 00's where instructors came right out and said "It's not our job to point you toward jobs - that's your problem"
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    Being bullied at school (I thought we were all adults here!)

    The problem with workplace bullying and nursing school bullying is that it is not your "schoolyard" "give me your lunch money" type of bullying. If it were that easy to pin down it wouldn't be a problem. You can't really compare the two. There actually exists a sort of scale of violence so to speak with one end being hostile glances and body language and at the other end actual physical attacks.
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    Being bullied at school (I thought we were all adults here!)

    Unfortunately many of these people will pass and go on to be nurses. And they will be this way in the workplace. It's a real problem of the nursing profession - a sort of "elephant in the room" no one wants to talk about. I've actually written a research paper on it (got an A)
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    Being bullied at school (I thought we were all adults here!)

    These are the tactics I've used and continue to use. I'm an older guy, I just got my LPN, and I am enrolled in an LPN to BSN program, so I've got some schooling left to go. Like I said I'm an older guy, and I don't want to put up with this sort of nonsense, so if that means not interacting much with fellow students or belonging to so called "study groups" well so be it. OP, I know exactly how you feel and you don't have to tolerate it. What I did in several of my prenursing and nursing classes is what is described - I sat right in front with most of the class behind me. More of the class ended up knowing who I was than me knowing them, but hey you do what you need to do. Thats why I get people all of the time asking me how I've been since we finished and I don't honestly remember some of them LOL because I sat in the front row.... It doesn't bother me because I'm there to get an education and be a nurse, not to socialize or make friends
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    why is the corrections facility hiring so much?

    You have a nursing job though. I would love nothing more than to be stressed out over an LPN job, even in a correctional facility. The job I have now is plenty stressful, with lots of hard work and little time to do it in, but it doesn't pay anywhere near what a nurse of any type makes
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    why is the corrections facility hiring so much?

    I am in Arizona, and I don't think there's a lot of turnover here either - I really don't see too many new openings, not anymore than anyone else really. Corrections facilities here in AZ are actually run by private corrections companies, so you would not be working for the state or the county, like you would be in many other states. It's all privatized here. I don't know if that's a good deal or a bad deal for nurses or not. You have to apply to the companies who have the contracts for running the prisons/jails, which I have done.
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    Apparently washed up

    I've always believed this to be true - There never really ever has been a nursing shortage. Only a temporary shortage of new nursing students and people will to work for like $9 an hour
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    why is the corrections facility hiring so much?

    As a new LPN grad I've applied to a couple of corrections openings. I do have a background in security and training in PCI as well. No callbacks yet So I suppose for me corrections isn't going to be any easier to get into than anywhere else. I am entirely open to working in a correctional facility, if I am asked to sign on......
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    Are these true or false rumors about LPN

    This is basically why I became an LPN - to be able to enroll in an LPN to BSN program where I live. I have been looking in the big-city area where I happen to live and doing a job search for the past couple of months, and there isn't much for new grad LPNs. A few job openings IF you have prior experience as an LPN. I am willing to do clinic, home care, nursing home, and correctional facilities and I have applied to all of those. But I am also enrolled in an LPN to BSN program. I may end up not getting an LPN job before I graduate as an RN BSN, but we'll see. I will keep looking and applying.
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