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BrandonLPN has 5 years experience as a LPN.

According to an old Midwestern folk-tale, BrandonLPN appears in a bathroom mirror to people in the final stages of delirium tremens, and pleads with them to mend their ways. In another version of the same story he can be induced (by threatening to break the mirror) to reveal winning lottery ticket numbers.

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  1. BrandonLPN

    "LPNs are glorified CNAs"

    People with the least amount of knowledge on a particular subject often seem to be the most eager to reveal their lack of knowledge. I have a medical assistant cousin who frequently proves this in regard to her assertions re: LPNs. Apparently, I’m not allowed to administer narcotics, cannot touch IVs, and I am being phased out and MA’s are replacing me. All news to me.
  2. BrandonLPN

    Save yourself; get out of medicine.

    I’m in the nursing profession, not the medical profession.
  3. BrandonLPN

    Best LVN position for experience while in R.N. program?

    It depends on what you want to do as a RN. Urgent care LVN experience will look better on a resume for the ER, experience in outpatient surgery will look better on a resume for a clinic. I don’t think one is overall better than the other when it comes to becoming a RN in a general sense.
  4. BrandonLPN

    I have not worked as a nurse since graduation.

    I would imagine most employers will simply view you as a nw grad nurse, which in a way you still are because you have zero experience. I don’t see why you wouldn’t be considered for an entry-level position any other new LPN would be considered for. They will probably be mildly curious as to why you haven’t worked as a nurse. Frankly I would not say anything about the place you oriented at then left. No employer likes to hear you used valuable orientation resources then quit. Personally, I don’t blame you for not wanting to work there, but from an employer’s POV you cost them thousands of dollars with zero return. Just tell them you haven’t worked due to personal issues, and you waited until you were able to devote yourself fully to a position. As a new LPN, your main option for lucrative work is in nursing homes. Be aware that all nursing homes share similar faults to varying degrees. Some are better than others, but 99% of them deal with high staff turnover, large patient loads and are extremely task-oriented.
  5. BrandonLPN

    LIES About LPN's and LVN's

    If you want to be disheartened, go read the Yahoo! comments section on the story about the nurse who impregnated the nursing home resident. It’s unbelievable how many commentators are “correcting” the article by saying the culprit is “a LPN, not a nurse”.
  6. Reserving judgement. we have all had patient who, through tolerance, are on very high doses of opioids. What constitutes as a “potentially fatal” dose for one person may be routine for another.
  7. BrandonLPN

    LTC nurses: Can I hear from you, please?

    A few off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts: the assumption that nursing home nurses make less than hospital nurses is false. In fact, since nursing homes have a harder time attracting nurses, they often offer high wages as an incentive. a mistake I see new-ish nurses making all the time is having a “the grass is greener....” mentality. Some facilities are indeed better than others, but 99% of all nursing homes deal with similar issues of understaffing, high turnover, large nurse-to-patient ratios, etc. If you think you’re going to find some magical facility without these problems you’re going to wind up being one of those nurses who has floats from one facility to another every year or so until the lack of longevity on your resume begins to limit your career choices. Its not as hard as it seems at first. Every nurse starting out in LTC experiences shock and feels overwhelmed. Nursing school conditioned us for a very, very different sort of nursing. I long for the day when the people who design nursing school curricula realize that not every nurse in existence works in acute care. Once you get your flow and adjust to the acuity level vs patient load balance, you will be shocked by how what once seemed impossible is more manageable than you believed.
  8. BrandonLPN

    Nurse accused of impregnating women in vegetative state

    Massive patient loads mixed with high turnover rate can go a long way to explain how no one noticed. I work in a 200 bed facility, alternating between six halls. And, at two years, I am already one of the highest senior nurses. I can see myself missing this on a resident I see once or twice a week, mostly just for medication administration. Especially if pre-existing obesity masked an obvious “belly bump”. And, as someone else mentioned, a potential pregnancy isn’t exactly the sort of thing your mind would go to easily in this sort of setting.
  9. BrandonLPN

    Nurse accused of impregnating women in vegetative state

    It has been my experience that a every 90 day assessment by a physician is the minimum requirement in LTC.
  10. BrandonLPN

    So long, farewell, adieu

    You forgot auf wiedersehen
  11. BrandonLPN

    LPNs still in demand?

    The Good News: No, LPNs are not being phased out. And, yes, we are in high demand. The Buereau of Labor and Statistics lists the growth rate for LPNs as being equal (16%) to the growth rate for RNs. The Bad News: The areas hiring that *are* LPNs are in areas traditionally considered less desirable to nursing at large. Most nursing students seem to want to work in acute care, a field which *has* been phasing out LPNs in most states for decades. As a LPN, your high growth fields will be LTC, clinics, rehab, corrections, home care.... stuff like that.
  12. BrandonLPN

    Wrong side for amputation(loss of license)

    Sounds like an old wives tale to me. I've never heard of "federally" losing a nursing license, considering all licenses are issued by state governments.
  13. BrandonLPN

    Should ICU get more pay than floor nursing?!?

    Comments like this aren't exactly bolstering your argument that ICU nurses are more educated and professional than floor nurses....
  14. BrandonLPN

    Discovered a boo-boo on Social Media

    because a company signs my paycheck does not mean they receive my unconditional loyalty. this is an old thread, but you never did explain how you "knew" the nurses making claims against your company were libelous.
  15. So long as the omission of the 3-week job left no glaring holes in employment history, I seriously doubt the hiring employer would have any reason to investigate further. Why (and how) would they? The people you personally know who were fired for falsifying an application likely did far more than what the OP is asking about. I doubt very much that you know anyone terminated for omitting a job that only lasted a few weeks. And implying the previous poster is in violation of TOS..... utter melodrama.
  16. BrandonLPN

    Have been told LPN BAD idea

    Working in a nursing home certainly isn't for everyone. But, to say "the pay is horrible" in LTC is just plain wrong in the vast majority of job markets. LTC is a rather unpopular choice in the nursing world, and employers have a hard time keeping facilities staffed. Its sort of a trade-off. Many of the negative things you hear about working in LTC are true. But, as a LPN, you'll have a hard time finding a feild were you'd be compensated better.