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  1. starfishlpn

    They won't give me the job

    It is illegal for them to ask about your marital status or your family, whether you have children is NOT there business. If they have offered you the job and you are available to work the schedule they offered there should not be a problem. They cannot discriminate against you based on the fact that you have a child. Is this a nurse/nursing manager or an HR rep? Unfortunately nurses in managerial positions are not always up on those types of legal issues. My director once tried to change the unit an aide worked on to a harder one after she returned from maternity leave, but suddenly changed her tune after that girl went to talk with the HR director. The best thing is not to discuss your personal life/family while interviewing, they should not bring it up.
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    LPN school..NO graduation!!

    That sucks, you and your classmates should still looking into celebrating none the less. Unfortunately, I did not have a ceremony after my completing my LPN. We finished in December, so it was scheduled for the 18th. Then the day before there was a horrible ice storm and it was cancelled and not rescheduled. Our class was not the most cohesive bunch and pretty clique-ish so we did not do anything either, but my family did a little gathering for me.
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    Considering starting over in corrections??

    that's kinda what I was thinking. I have not done a formal application and technically your resume does not have to have every place you ever worked, I mean if you are mid-career with several nrsg jobs why would you add a seasonal retail job or working in fast food as a teen. Other than that my work hx is stable, though I am young so I don't have a whole lot to show, just never had a bad situation that I had to explain...as if I am not already crazy nervous at interviews:uhoh3:... Thanks Of course you cannot lie on security clearance.
  4. As a brand new LPN, the first full time gig I was able to land was a prison, private owned federal. I was being open-minded about the idea but ended up being there all of about three months. Long story, technically I was fired for 'insubordination'. I was hired for night shift but agree to work days as a favor to the director, as they had someone quit and were already understaffed. When one of the night nurses decided to leave I was told that I would switch to nights, which I had never worked, without training one day after working days, when I had a family obligation. The director, who was from what I hear was a brand new RN and had been on vacation about half of the time I was there. I said that given I had a one hour drive and no notice. There was no way I could do that and did not think it was fair; also I was varily 20 y/o so perhaps I was not as professional as I should have been. I worked elsewhere (ltc) for two and a half years and just finished my RN. Now I have an interview at a county jail, with medical service outsourced to provate company. I had been doing prn home health, though rarely worked, while working in the prison so I have always ommitted them from my resume as I was only there a few months. How much, or should I mention this past bad experience?? I assume that the security clearance will ask me for every place I ever worked and I will have to put it there, correct?? although it is likely HR not nursing that does that. I am just nervous, don't want to bad mouth my ex-employers or lie. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?? The job itself at the prison was not bad and I am looking to broaden my experience base beyond ltc, with my field of interest being public health.
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    Personal calls received on work phone? What should I have done?

    that is of coarse what I meant. It is a ltc facility and our policy is no non-work cell phones though not as strict as most hospitals ou7r policy. My husband text me or leaves a vm which I check when on break. I can't even remember the last time anyone has called the work phone for one of my staff. I feared that perhaps it may be a situation like that. I know she has a live in bf or husband and no family in area of the country where we live (it was a local number).
  6. Okay I work noc shift on a very small unit just me and a couple of aides. A man called and asked to speak with one of the CNAs that was not normally scheduled to work that day. I responded, after pausing to think about it, 'she isn't working to night'. He seemed surprised to hear this and then asked me for my name. I was honest but because he asked my name I almost feel like my words may be used for foul or this might come back on me. I don't know the whole story, but it isn't my job to lie for anyone, nor was I asked to. Am I just being paranoid? How should I have responded?
  7. Especially if they are long term care or even hospice? Is there any surefire rule?
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    Do you take daily supplements?

    I take a prenatal vitamin and a probiotic every day and then teaspoon of fish oil qod. I am not pregnant or even trying to be right now, as my husband are both students right now, but my ob/gyn says he recommends that for all of his patient's of child bearing age and especially considering my diet as I eat fresh vegetables and a limited amount of fruit, but have pretty much eliminated fortified cereals/ grain products in adhering to a ketogenic diet for my migraines. The probiotic is great never have any GI irregularities, which has never been a big issue for me but think everyone has an occasional bout of problems.
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    Almost had to quit my LPN job today due to RN school

    Glad they are willing to work with your schedule. I don't even understand why some facillities act that way, I mean why discourage someone from furthering their education and reaching their own personal goal that will even make you better at the job that you do; unless they are just thinking that you may want to move on to bigger and better things when you finish or something?? I hear a few of my classmates that work for nursing facilities that act that way. I have always thought I was lucky about the place that I work for because they have been very understanding and flexible with my DON and administrator openly encouraging myself to go back for my RN. My administrator even wrote me the best reference I have ever gotten, which helped me to get into the a program to begin with. I have been there two years come September and I too finish in December. Unfortunately the first 2 months or so of the fall term will be so busy and time consuming I am praying that I will be allowed to take a leave of absence and maintain my full time status. But if I am forced to go prn, then so be it, just praying when I am done they will have a place for me; I have faith that in the end it will all works out for the best.
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    Switch from 2nd year LPN to RN student....Is it possible?

    From my experience bridge programs are less competitive than straight through RN programs. You are not guarenteed a spot in the RN program so I certainly wouldn't drop out of your current program until you are officially accepted. RN was my initial goal as well but I was able to get accepted into an LPN program 1 year or more before I would have been able to even apply for the RN programs in my area, so it was just the best route for me. Plus I can actually afford to pay for my tuition (and rent, food, and other needs) far better than when I was working as a CNA. Think you need to speak with a counselor, are any of your nursing classes going to count toward your RN? or do you just have to start all over? Also consider the amount of time/money/energy you have invested in you current program, IF it will count as nothing, can you life with that having been wasted time? How far along in the program are you so far?
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    LTC LPN to resident ratios

    I am really lucky at the place I work, it is a 32 bed skilled unit. Day shift= 2 nurses, Evening= 2 nurses (though it used to be one nurse and a medication aide), Night shift=1 nurse. So a ratio of 16:1, except at night when it is 32:1, but far fewer medications/treatments. It's tough when you are new, but the hang in there the longer you do it you start to develop a routine, talk to the other nurses and see if they don't have a few tricks of the trade or tips for you. I bought my own tympanic thermometer, and wrist B/P cuff that goes on my cart and I make a list of all of the vitals that need to be done, then I do them at the same time as meds. Also when you have have an admission or things get crazy remember that the aides can do vitals too.
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    Should we curtail the growth of nursing programs?

    I agree with the original poster it is getting to be a bit rediculous and there are so many nurses who really got into it for all the wrong reasons (not that I ought judge to anyone else's motivation), and when you are miserable in the profession you chose whatever it may be, it shows in your work. It wouldn't be an over reaching government interference in our lifes but rather the state boards of nursing doing THEIR JOB and what is responsible for the staffing needs of their individual state. They have always had the power to approve or reject a schools purposal to start a new program and approve the number of students each program can accept. I know that their have been rumors that the community college that my husband is currently attending nursing school is considering decreasing admissions to once per year rather than twice as another community college about 45 mins away has started a program recently and they don't want to flood the market. The issue is that for profit school would never make such a consideration as at the end of the day they, like any business, have to consider the bottom line and reducing or eliminating a program for whatever reason, so long as there are interested students, means they are losing money.
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    Current LPN-retaking prereq's for RN.

    Some schools insist on using the best grade is counted toward your GPA others say the most recently completed (hopefully these are the same) and some schools limit the number of retakes you can do, so your best bet is to check with the individual school you are hoping to go to for their specific policy. I myself was not able to drop microbiology and ended up with an F, because of family issues that required me to travel out of state, losts of emotional distress, etc. Retook it and suffered no ill effect still got accepted to two bridge programs the first time I applied.
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    Financial Aid while a FT LPN-RN

    Well you may get financial aid for the immediate year following your lpn program assuming you are like most of us and were relatively poor when going through your program. But making 50k a year you aren't likely to get much if any thing, unless you have a husband that was unemployed last year and a dozen children. I mean I worked the equivalent of 7 full time months the year after I finished school (finished in December, took a month or two to find job then started prn/part time for a couple months) and my husband worked only part time to go back to school full time, together we made just under $60,000 that year, with no other dependents. The next year we were told that niether of us qualified for pell grant. $1200 per class, I don't know where you live but that sounds really expensive to me at least for a community college. Think most of my science courses were between $220-450 (70-$80/ credit hour tuition X3-5 credits+ 10-50 lab fee) with an additional $150 max per book if it was new. If you are at least a part time student 6 credits at most schools you can likely get stafford loans which are government backed loans that you don't owe any interest on until six months after you finish school or stop going, but ultimately you have to pay them back. Your employer does not provide tuition reimbursement? Be sure to meet with someone at the school about scholarship opportunities and lauch your own search online. Also be sure to check with your state board of nursing or that of the state you intend of living in regarding their acceptance of excelsior graduates, some states llike Kansas, Washington, Georgia, Illinois and others require you to do an additional preceptorship or get a license by endorsement after working in another state for a designated number of hours. And the state of California does not accept it period not even by endorsement unless you started it many years ago prior to the enactment of the law. Good luck
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    Is there any problem being a pre-med nursing student...?

    Again I was not downing the medical profession, I have enormous respect for them; it is just a fact. As a student whether medical or nursing you are taught how things ought to be, in the perfect world and in the perfect facility, and a little less of how things actually go. It is not that doctors don't care about the social and spiritual needs of a patient or even that they do not address them. But I and probably any other nurse on here, who has actually worked in the field can tell you that the nurses spend exponentially more time with a patient than the doctor does (doctors have more patients that is just how our health system works). This means that these less pressing and non-medical issues are more apparent to us just due to greater amount of patient and family interaction. Not all doctors are arrogant, a few are as is true for the general population. I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many really great physicians thus far in my education and career. I respect that our jobs are interdependent and that we rely on one another, not all healthcare workers see that. Having the opportunity to walk in someone elses shoes can certainly help you have a greater understanding of what they go through and a greater respect for their position. I have gone to physician's private offices for clinical and followed them around for a day. It certainly gave me a different out look on what they do and how busy they are. On the other hand I have seen doctors visit a patient in a long term care facility and spend less than one minute with a patient and bill medicare for a visit. I absolutely agree with the idea that we as nurses and nursing students should be searching and aquiring greater knowledge in the biological sciences, social science, and other subjects related to nursing. The sad fact is that not everyone sees it that way. In fact I remember several members of my associate's level class whining they couldn't find a BSN program that didn't require Chem and statistics. Many people are lazy, but my own out look is if you are going to be something you owe it to yourself to be the best at it that you can be.
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    CNA State EXAM!!! (Freaking OUT) Sept 16th

    I took the exam several years ago, and don't even remember any of the questions, but it is mostly just common sense more so than anything you ought to study. You just need to know the limitation of your scope of practice. If it is not something that you are supposed to deal with (someone is bleeding, complaining of any medical problem, can't breath, have a question about their medicine, etc.) you just get the nurse. As a general rule, even in nursing school, those practice exams tend to be a little tougher than the real thing.