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ProudLPN10 has 5 years experience and specializes in LTC.

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    A concerned LPN!

    I have been an LPN for just over 3 years. I have worked in LTC and assisted living. I can say, I am FINALLY feeling mostly comfortable in my position, in LTC. I am not trying to discourage you, but want you to know, it takes a while to get comfortable and really "get your hands dirty." You learned your skills and now is the time to REALLY learn them :) My advice to you, stick it out, as others have said, for at least a year. I would say, get on the list (unless you really want to work NOCS) to get moved to another shift. I started out on evenings in LTC, then went to a day shift in assisted living (worked closely with RNs) and have not been on day shift in LTC for a full year. I have learned the most during my time on day shift in LTC. When physicians round, I am not afraid to ask them questions, build a relationship with them and they will gladly teach you. I am also not afraid to ask my RNs questions and have also learned, they don't always have the answers either. On eves and days, there are other LPNs to ask and figure things out together. For right now, when you have questions, I definitely say come here to allnurses, it's where I have learned a lot too. Also, on your days off, google some of your residents' diagnosis, such as CHF, diabetes, COPD, contractures, dementia, etc. With that, plan to learn something new every day!! Enjoy, I LOVE LTC :)
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    Attitudes of nurses who don't work in ltc

    Thank you, as an LPN in LTC, you make me feel good about my choices. At this time, with a 1 year old, I am not planning in the near future to continue on to be an RN, so I'm "stuck as just an LPN," as some people like to think. I, however, love being an LPN in LTC!
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    Terminology

    I am looking for some good resources and/or easy references to bring to work with me that would be helpful when it comes to terminology. I would like to improve on my charting by using more technical, professional, accurate wording, rather than "red spot, 1cm in size." I'd like a handy little tool to have with me at work. Thanks.
  4. I consider myself a fairly new nurse (just hit a year) & also work in AL. I'm not sure what the set up is at your facility, but 80 residents!? I would say, you should ask your more experienced fellow nurses, how they get all their meds passed & paperwork & tasks done daily. I'm certain that it will get easier for you, with experience. Everyday you will get a little quicker. Once you get a routine down, you'll be more on top of things. Always remember to prioritize & even though a routine is helpful, everday can be unpredicitable. Know your residents & their meds. If something out of the ordinary comes up, prioritize! For probably the first couple months of starting my career as a nurse, I felt sick everday before work, simply due to nerves. I think you will feel better with experience. Good luck & be confident :)
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    So upset, can't sleep, lost hearing aid in LTC

    It would be a great idea to keep better watch on my med cart, however, I was down one hallway working on my other med cart. The first time it was lost, it was never placed on my cart, it went through the laundry. I am going to have the aides hand me the hearing aid from now on.
  6. I have been an LPN in a long-term care facility for 3 months now. During that time, one resident's hearing aid has been lost twice on my watch. A few hearing aids get locked in our med carts, making nurses responsible for them. The first time, nothing more was said, but I know that the facility paid for the replacement. That time, I mistakingly signed that I had them, when in fact, I didn't, so I truly was in the wrong. Well, tonight, the hearing aid went missing again. This time, the aide put the hearing aid on my med cart to lock up, which means I didn't get the hearing aid handed to me. When I saw the a pile of hearing aids on my cart, I went to lock them up. There was one resident's hearing aids and only the string to the other hearing aid, with no hearing aid attached. I showed the NA/R the string. With much attitude, she responded "It was all there when I put it on your cart." I was in a panic. I know there is no possible way I lost the hearing aid, I wasn't even be the cart! I told the NA/R she would need to fill out the missing item report and call the family. She waited until after 9:00, so she couldn't call the family, which means most likely I will have to call tomorrow and get yelled at. I searched resident garbage bags, dirty linens and dirty clothes bags. If the hearing aid isn't found, it looks horrible that it happened twice within 2 months, under my name