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    Does your facility have 12 hour shifts or 8 hour shifts?

    I have interview at a LTC community with the position of 7am-7pm Monday-Wednesday-Friday, off every weekend, would love to know everyone's thoughts on that shift. Currently I work from home doing a sales position stuck in front of a desk 45 hours week. I work till 9pm every monday, tuesday 8-4, wednesday 10-6pm, thursday, 8-4 and friday 10-6pm and every other sunday 8am-1pm. will be taking a pay cut taking the 12 hour shift job but would love to have more time off. THOUGHTS??
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    what position would you take?

    I just interviewed yesterday for a 12 hour every weekend 7pm-7:30 am Saturday and Sunday with a pay of $26/hr and you get paid for 36 hours every week with full benefits and I think I got the job, the ADON said she would have the recruiter start on my references and get back to me. With the position you get 4 paid weekends off a year or you can split them up as well. Currently, I work for a company where I work from home with very set hours that I must be in front of the computer answering phones and I make $60k/yr. The schedule is Monday, 8-12 and then 5-9 (split shift). Tuesday 8-4, Wednesday, 10-6 thursday 8-4 and friday 10-6 and every other sunday 8-1. 95% of the time I am working more than the hours listed and working about 45 hours week. Even though I work from home, I just feel I have no time at all to do anything. I have 2 kids, a 20 y/o and 11 y/o. I still have cleaning, errands, laundry, dinner etc to do and I feel like I don't have enough time in a day. I figured out if I work 1 extra day a week doing the 12 hour shifts, I will make what I make currently working from home. What would you do and why?
  3. I just interviewed yesterday for a 12 hour every weekend 7pm-7:30 am Saturday and Sunday with a pay of $26/hr and you get paid for 36 hours every week with full benefits and I think I got the job, the ADON said she would have the recruiter start on my references and get back to me. With the position you get 4 paid weekends off a year or you can split them up as well. Currently, I work for a company doing sales not in nursing where I work from home with very set hours that I must be in front of the computer answering phones all day and I make $60k/yr ($30k is the base salary and the other $30k comes as long as I hit the sales quota)there are monthly and quarterly sales quotas that must be met as well as weekly phone time and can be quite stressful. The schedule is Monday, 8-12 and then 5-9 (split shift). Tuesday 8-4, Wednesday, 10-6 thursday 8-4 and friday 10-6 and every other sunday 8-1. 95% of the time I am working more than the hours listed and working about 45 hours week. Even though I work from home, I just feel I have no time at all to do anything. I have 2 kids, a 20 y/o and 11 y/o, happily married but I still have cleaning, errands, laundry, dinner etc to do and I feel like I don't have enough time in a day. I figured out if I work 1 extra day a week doing the 12 hour shifts, I will make what I make currently working from home. What would you do and why?
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    Health and Welless Co-ordinator

    I worked for two other assisted-living communities in the past as the director of nursing or health and wellness director whatever you want to call it. I had to do all the interviewing, hiring firing disciplinary actions schedules call offs, and I was on- call 24 hours a day seven days a week answering calls all night. Not to mention handling all the assessments, medical paperwork and even sales with doing tours. You name it, I did it and it was all part of the job. MOD rotation as well. That is why I have taken a break from management.
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    what position would you take?

    Thank you for your reply. I should also mention that the job I work from home, is not nursing, it is sales and there is a great deal of pressure with hitting sales quota, phone time and connected calls, I have been doing it a year now, the salary is actually $30k and the rest is commission as long as you hit quota. Also, I worked every weekend for over 9 years when my son and daughter were younger in LTC/Rehab. Also, this position is in their 10 bed hospice unit, it would be me and one CNA.
  6. Please forgive me if this sounds stupid, but I have been an LPN for 19 years in Pennsylvania and was thinking about going back for my RN, can you take all the general pre-req classes online through excelsior and then transfer to a community college and take all the nursing classes and clinical their? I would love to hear your thoughts? Thank you to everyone in advance, Alice, LPN
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    Resident Care Coordinator

    I have had 2 interviews already and am waiting as we speak for a phone call from the VP for my 3rd interview for the Resident Care Coordinator position in a PA ALF facility that has approximately 107 beds. I have worked as a Director of Wellness about 14 years ago and loved the job. I am beyond excited to start this challenge. I think you have to be a very organized, self-motivated person to be a good Director of an ALF and be willing to put time and effort into making a great staff and once you do that, you will be running a great facility! I was wondering what everyone else made salary wise and if they got bonuses and how much they were.
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    Questions?

    Hi Ladies, My name is Alice and I'm an LPN in PA and I started as a Clinical Assistant in October of 2011 at the local Vo-tech. I do all of the training for the nurse aide program at the clinical sites of hospitals and nursing homes. I love the job!! I will soon be picking up some extra hours at the vo-tech subbing for the school nurse. Anyway, now on to my questions. I know you have to have your RN BSN at be certified to be a school nurse in PA, however, I know that LPN's work at some local schools. Does it mean that an LPN can work (for example) at the elementary school as long as an RN BSN CSN works within the school district (let's say the high school) overseeing her? Also, if you started out subbing at a school, approximately how long did it take for you to get a full-time position? Do they usually offer a position to a sub or do they interview outside as well? Were you hired salary or hourly? In other words, do you get a check over the summer? I really want to pursue being a school nurse and have also applied at my kids school district to sub and they emailed me back stating someone would get back to me soon and in the meantime they would send me an application to complete. There are 7 elementary schools, 3 middles schools and 1 high school in our district so I am hoping that a position could open in the near future. Sorry for all the questions. I am just excited!! Alice, LPN
  9. Well, I passed the Lehigh Valley Hospital Physician's Group medication test and injection practicum and I have had 2 interviews already and I still do not know the pay rate. Does anyone know if it goes by experience (I have 16 yrs.) I have never worked in a doctors office so I have no idea what the pay rate would be. Anybody have any idea what an LPN in Hamburg, PA (affiliated with LVHPG) would make an hour??
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    LPN pay rate for Lehigh Valley Physicians Group

    Hi Melissa, Thanks for asking. I have had nothing but "general" orientation so far. Tomorrow is my first day on the job at the practice. I am excited. I have to say that they really seem like a top notch organization. They really care about people. I'll keep you posted once I get to actually be doing my job. :)
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    need your support and prayers

    My Dad went into a state of delirium within about 3 days and was falling constantly. Took him to the hospital and we thought we were going to have to put him in a home. Here he had Lyme disease and as soon as he went on antibiotics, boom, he was back to normal again. I just thought I would share this in case this was something that was sudden. Have them test her for Lyme. Prayers are with you. Alice, LPN
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    motrin for c section pain

    WOW, I am so sorry for your experience. To look at the positive side of things, I bet this will make you a better and more compassionate nurse being through this. I will tell you that both of my kids were a C-section and they are 9 years apart but the same dr. did the surgeries and they would NOT give me anything other than go home and take advil. I got nothing in the hospital for pain except tylenol with codeine and that was one pill and I was in for 1 day after the surgery. It totally sucked and I am a nurse as well and I worked at this same hospital and everything is about making sure the patient is comfortable and free of pain etc. but it wasn't for my case that is for sure. I always said that if I ever had another child (I'm not anymore) I was going to go to the dentist and complain about a toothache and get me some tylenol with codeine to have on stock for after I got out of the hospital from my c-section. LOL.
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    LTC/rehab facility: ?'s --LPN Scope of Practice

    I wish that they did checks on the insulin or did their narcotics checks. You wouldn't believe the other stuff I witnessed today: One LPN was eating her whole shift (candy and snacks on her med cart)--not washing hands (ever!)--even after taking blood sugars and administering insulin (w/out gloves). Other LPN's had snacks in the pockets of their scrubs and were munching their entire shift. All I could think was "Wow." I know they thought I was weird because I contacted supply and made them bring up 4 bottles of hand sanitizer, and I kept asking where the gloves were, so I could keep myself and my patients safe. Their bad behavior and poor hygiene isn't because they are an LPN, it is WHO they are as a person. As the RN in charge, talk to them nicely and in private and make them aware of the issues at hand. Also, make sure you bring up the fact that one of the pt's. lungs were not clear and to make sure that they are doing it properly. Sounds to me like you have some nurses with no initiative. Good Luck. BTW, when I worked in LTC, I ausculated lungs, did assessments, took MD orders, gave insulin and counted narcs with other LPN's and I am in PA. It's been a couple years though.
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    LPN pay rate for Lehigh Valley Physicians Group

    YEAH!!! You are going to love it here!!
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    LPN pay rate for Lehigh Valley Physicians Group

    Thank you for everything! I found out my payrate and it is not what I had hoped for but I really think it is because of the location. It is in Hamburg right near Cabela's. I start at $16.75/hr and the last time I got paid that was my very first nursing job in 1993. I keep telling myself that I do not have to work weekends or holidays and it has great health insurance I can buy for the family,. I am excited to start but my orientation is on July 20th for LVH and LVHPG orientation is on July 27th. Was there any other orientation that you know of?? What can I expect after those one day orientations?
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    Placement Test Question

    Hi Ladies, I have a question I am hoping someone can help me with. I never took Chemistry in high school and I failed Algebra by one point in high school as well. I am an LPN now for 16 years and got a 3.2 GPA. I am thinking about going back for my RN and I am looking into taking the pre-reqs at a local community college (RACC). I know you have to take a placement test before enrolling. Does anyone know if I would do excellent on the Chemistry and Algebra part of the placement test, do I still have to take the courses or can I move on with other courses? Thank you for your help!! Alice, LPN
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    Placement Test Question

    Thank you so much for your reply!!! I appreciate you sharing your experience with me! :)
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    Baylor Program/Weekend Option

    I don't know where you live but Lehigh Valley Hospital has weekend programs. They have alot of different flexible RN options plus they have free health insurance for all employees and their family for working full time. They have it on their website www.lvh.org if you want to check it out.
  19. I just got called last night telling me I got a job at a doctors's Health Center. I will be helping out the clinical nurses when they need help if they are overloaded but my main job will be a phone triage nurse. Filtering the phone calls and scheduling. I will be trained in all aspects of the office though I am sure. I am wondering since this is my first job in a doctors office (been a nurse for 16 yrs.) if there is any books I could read any tools/supplies I could buy, anything that will help me out in my new position. Thank you in advance!! Alice, LPN
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    LPN pay rate for Lehigh Valley Physicians Group

    Well, I just found out last night that I got the job!!! Only problem is, they don't have a pay rate for me yet. The clinical coordinator said they are working on that and she will let me know on Wednesday. Let's hope it is a good one!!
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    LPN pay rate for Lehigh Valley Physicians Group

    By the way, they did 2 reference checks too. Is that normal and to STILL not have a chance at getting the job??
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    LPN pay rate for Lehigh Valley Physicians Group

    Oh gosh...that stinks. I thought 2 interviews and a med test was a good thing. So if I don't get this job, if there is another one that comes up in a LVPG, I can apply for that and not have to re-take the med test or go through that 2nd interview with Noreen? Once again, thank you for all your input, you seem to be the only one on this message board that has worked there.
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    What would YOU do??

    Okay ladies, I graduated LPN school when I was 23 y/o in 1993 and have worked Full-time my entire nursing career up until I had my 2nd child in 2004. At that time, I worked the weekend program working every weekend 11-7 for a year and then I went to working part-time 3-11 and then I went per-diem hardly working at all and finally quitting in 2006. I started a direct sales business in Nov. of 2004 and beyond my wildest dreams could I have imagined that my business has become extremely successful. I made $75,000 last year and will make over $100,000 this year and honestly, I work about 40 hrs./month. I am truly blessed to be able to be home with my daughter and make this kind of money, however, I missed nursing and went to work at the hospital part-time 3-11 and I did that for 6 months and unfortunately I had to quit since I had to work every other weekend and that is when I do home parties for my business so my hubby said that if my nursing job interfered with where the "real" money was coming from, I would have to quit, so I did. Well, lately, I have had this OVERWHELMING desire to go back and get my RN. My daughter, who will be turning 5 in august and will be starting all day kindegarden in August and I will be home alone M-F. YES, I have my home business, however, I do not have enough work to keep me busy. I applied at a doctors office and had a 2nd interview and those hours are M, Tues, Weds (20 hrs/wk) no weekends and no holidays which will not affect my business thank god. I'm not sure if I will be satisfied just having a job back in nursing or if I should go back for my RN. Plus, if I do go back to school, will I be able to handle working a part-time nursing job, doing my business, taking care of a family and house and going back to school and studying. Do you think I should just stick to my business which continues to grow and grow and I have the potential of making lots and lots of money and working as an LPN part-time and forget about going back to school. My husband says to do whatever I want and it wouldn't hurt to have my RN, however, my brother thinks I am crazy considering the money I am making with my home business and feels that in 5 years I will be making over $250K and if I go back to school I could jeopardize that, what would you do?? By the way, I will be 39 at the end of this month.
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    What would YOU do??

    Okay ladies, I appreciate everyones input. I wasn't going to say what business I do because I didn't want people thinking that I was "advertising". Anyway, because I have had a couple of requests, I am a Star Division Manager with lia sophia jewelry. I have over 100 "active" women on my team with 7 managers promoted out under me. I personally earn 40% commission on whatever I sell. I earn 10% (retail mind you on everything my central until sells and 5% on all of my managers' teams, PLUS, I get a monthly bonus on top of all of that. My team sells anywhere from $80,000 to $115,000 a month. I am truly blessed and do whatever I can do support and motivate my team in any way I possibly can. As for nursing, I think I am going to wait and see if I get this doctors office job and see if that calms my "want" for going back to get my RN. If it doesn't, I will go back to school part time, work part-time, do my lia sophia business and take care of my family.
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    Hospital, LTC, or Both

    Personally, I have worked in a hospital and LTC and if you are in need of money, I would do both if you can work it out that way. If money is not your first motivator, I say go with the experience. That is one thing I regret is that when I graduated LPN school in 1993, I went where the money was and that was LTC, however, I was lucky that I did get work in a hospital for a short period of time and I loved it!!! At the very least, try both and then make a decision. Good Luck!
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