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    Change in speciality

    Hello, I"m considering a change from Addiction/Pain Management to Neuro-Rehab. First, I'm an LPN who spent the last 3.5 years in an outpatient clinic. However, I did the first 3 years in the world of inpatient psychiatric / Addiction. The duties of LPN are directing the floor and doing the med pass. The RN in charge handling the rest of the nursing duties (charting - Yeah!) I eventually moved up to earn my own 14-bed detox unit (ETOH and Opioid) Now, the hospital chain my clinic is affiliated with their rehab hospital began hiring LPN's and with me wanting to go back to school for my RN I applied and was granted an interview. Somewhat of a mistake on my part, the Rehab hospital had morphed from ortho (large joint replacement) to neuro rehab - stroke (confirmed by the DON during the interview). I was somewhat lost when the DON asked me if I had any questions. I didn't. I want to email and thank for the interview but also ask some semi-intelligent questions. Any suggestion? I was thinking mainly about the care plan and LPN role in creating or continuing the care plan. Treatment team? Does LPN sit on the treatment team as in the psychiatric hospital? Bad question? Any questions to avoid? Thanks in advance.
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    North Florida LPN - RN

    Hello, Everybody Need some help/ Suggestions for LPN RN programs in Noth Florida South Georgia. I"m an LPN working in substance abuse. Want to go to school for my AS/RN
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    HESI audio book

    Hello All. I studying for the HESI as I begin the transition from LPN to RN. I've got this HESI book Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3e: 97814557
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    Could an RN use a business degree for anything?

    Yes, once you get past charge nurse. You'd better have business background. I work in a hospital attached outpatient clinic. The operation managers are RN's with MBA's. Just part of it.
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    I need some really-wide-shoe ideas!

    I've got the Sketchers Memory Foam Shoes. Wide foot as well 4E. I won't buy them again.
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    Manly patterned scrubs

    I wear black scrubs pants and a solid white top. Free advice exactly what you paid for. Buy mens tops and not the unisex tops. I got some mens tops, the fit is so much better. Nothing baggy to get caught on crap.
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    Nursing shoes

    I wear New Balance 608 I think. No real advice other then once you find that magic pair. Buy 1 pair for every day your work in a week, max 3/4 pairs. Rotate them Your feet will thank you.
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    Do male nurses wear scrub jackets???

    Working in a psychiatric hospital everybody wears scrub jackets or multi-layers of clothing. Yes, they make male cut scrub jackets, I have the Landau version. extra pockets are a godsend.
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    Facial Hair

    To shave or not to shave that is the question. After years of clean shaven, I decided to regrow my goatee. Is this frowned upon? I'm meeting withing the DON for my entrance interview and want to put forth the best foot so to speak. Shave the grey goatee? Or go the wild man?
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    8 Hour Night Shifts

    I work in a Crisis Stabilization Unit of a Psychiatric Hospital. I work 12's on the weekends and 8's during the week. I take the 8's during the week. Given the nature of this unit the 12's can lead to complacency at the end of the shift. Generally this is when a incident occurs. I'll take the 8's
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    Hello All, I'm a LPN working in a Cris Stabilization Unit of a Psychiatric Hospital. The clients are primarily low/no income street people who rotate in and out usually due to non-complaince with medications. Heres my question, what should I chart? As the LPN I primarily handle the med pass, transcribe doc orders, and give ETO's (aka the booty shot). My charting consists of part med compliance and then a note about sleeping (work overnights). I think I'm missing something. Are there any data points that should be noted with every entry? Thanks in advance
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    Thanks bunch, especially as I've been to an afternoon shift with much client interaction
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    Thanks, it does help
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    CNN article on nurses and job growth

    Nice article, the myth of the Nursing shortage is directly paralleled by myth of the computer programmer/IT worker. Sad really.
  15. Based on followup calls I believe I've gotten a job a male-only facility. What should I do to prep myself for this type of nursing? Currently I work at a physic facility and a methadone treatment clinic. I've never worked "behind the wall". Any advice?
  16. Hello All, I'm trying to find my niche and landing a tour/interview at a small more rural hospital dialysis unit. I know from my little bit of working experience I favor a quieter, simpler, but steady pace of work. More about the right fit than money. What are some good questions? What are some questions to be avoided?
  17. Florida, I quit after 30 days. Correction takes a certain mindset and mentality to preform the job. I don't have it, nor do I won't to acquire or develop it either.
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    So, I made a transcription error.

    Hello All, I made an error and need advice. I work OPS (similar to PRN) at a local psychiatric hospital. The error was a transcription error. I've owned up to the error and so far have talked to by the doctor as well as the DON. When does it stop? The doctor jumped me immediately as soon as she found it. The DON jumped me the next time I worked about 2-3 weeks later. This is the first time I've made an error and my question is really simple. How many more times will I get jumped about this error? My next shift by the RN? By the doc next time shes on duty?
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    So, I made a transcription error.

    Nobody died, the error was caught by the oncoming LPN during med pass. I transposed a cursive "L" for a "Z".
  20. Corrections - you'll a little of everything.
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    Starting at a Corrections Facility

    Hurray, my first day. Spent filling out HR forms and then 4 hours on the "floor" gotta love paperwork.
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    What would you say to this shocking patient statement?

    Tell her she gets a foreign doctor cause she's got cheap insurance.
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    Starting at a Corrections Facility

    Finally got the start date Sept 14th:yeah:
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    Why don't people take LPNs seriously?

    I'm a brand new LPN working in addiction recovery. I'm a real nurse getting a real paycheck. :rotfl: My patients think the world of me and my fellow LPN's; we are their real nurses. That's enough for me.
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    Are Male RNs or BSNs Preferred for State Prisons?

    Agreed, I'm a brand new LPN as well as a 42 yrs old male. As soon as the state of Florida processes the paperwork, I'm employed.