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  1. lovedijah

    I never expected....

    I was doing post partum rotations. I love babies. So to some extent I was in lalala land when the mother handed me the baby to hold. So I'm holding the baby content as can be and the mother says, "Has the DNA test come back". Again, I'm in a lalaland. DNA test? Maybe this is something I didn't read about yet. Maybe this is code for something else. So I tell her, "I'll have to check on it". The man with her then growls and seems upset. The mother then goes on a rant about how he's the father and he just needs to get over because she's not a (garden tool) and didn't sleep with anyone else. I had my AHA moment of what DNA test they were talking about. SO AWKWARD. To this day I wonder if he was the father.
  2. lovedijah

    Job hopping?

    Just looking for advice. I'm an LPN. Graduated in August, passed boards and started working in September. I was lucky to get a job offer before school was over. My job waited almost 2 months for me to start so I'm really thankful. I work in a non medical facility. More or less, I work in a group home for MR clients. For the most part, my job is taking vital signs occasionally, normal saline, TAO, band aids, calling for orders and very basic stuff. I'm not downing this type of work. Working with MR clients is challenging, fulfilling work.. and you can definitely transfer these skills to another job. But to some extent I wish I was using my "skills". Granted, skills can be relearned. Would you leave the job I described to go work at an urgent care clinic? I don't think the grass is greener on the other side. I just think perhaps there is more to learn that could look "better" on my resume. I'd being doing injections, drug testing, blood draws, triaging and so on. All things I think could prepare me to work in a doctors office or another clinic. My reality as an LPN is probably clinics, prisons, LTC and doctors offices. So why not go to a job where I can master these things early in my career? The clinic is closed on Sunday and I'd be off by 730 each night. (This is an improvement from rotating between 2nd and 3rd shift in the same week) I think this is an awesome opportunity, but I hesitate because I'm a new nurse and I'd hate to leave after 3 months. I just think it looks bad. Any advice? Is working in a non medical facility a worse case scenario for a new grad? When I talk to other nurses some of them say it is. Nurses at my facility suggest all the new nurses work PRN somewhere to "use their skills".
  3. I work in a non medical facility for people with mental disabilities. You definately deal with patients, but not in a traditional way. Most can do their own ADL's. There is MRSA, hepatitis and all types of interesting dangers. But no trachs, ng tubes or things commonly found in med surg. We pass meds, do vitals and blood sugars, carry out very basic treatments and bandage people up when they have behaviors and get injured. If somebody is having a seizure we assess them. You might check for impaction. So yes, there is poop. Sometimes. I imagine you could get a job as a new grad in a position with limited patient care depending where you live. Yet, I dont think this type of nursing falls in line with your career goals. I'll also say, choose wisely. Skills are use em' or lose em'. Im a recent grad and if you told me to go put in an ng tube... Id have to take another nurse in for back up. Havent done one in months. Maybe a year. So if your long term goal is to work in a specialty that requires "skills".. somehow, someway... suck it up and stay up on your skills. Or not. Our hospital is so short staffed they hire new grads in icu, nicu, or, er and whatever else you desire. But in general, a year or two bedside nursing could only benefit most people. I do regret not going bedside straight out of school. When I have to go into skilled nursing.. its going to be a big transition. It truly is.
  4. lovedijah

    Passed Second Time!

  5. I have NEVER had a patient care why I wanted to be a nurse. They have however cared if it took too many sticks to start an IV. I have had tons of nurses be curious as to why I left social work. I sort of giggle wondering why they care or what answer will be "OK" for them. If I say A,B or C vs X,Y, or Z, do they sleep better at night? What answer are people looking for? My favorite is CNA's asking if I was a CNA before nursing school? Almost like if you weren't a CNA you don't know the "struggle" and youre automically lazy and only here for the money. So the fact that I didn't take temperatures or give bed baths for X amount of months before nursing school makes me "not worthy" to you. Sigh. I can't even go there with people. YES IM HERE FOR MONEY. You think I just showed up to give enemas and bandage up gangrene? Or maybe I just decided, today is a good day to be exposed to MRSA and cdiff. Heck, let's throw in AIDS too. And maybe if I'm lucky I can insert a foley into a 300 pound patient whose parts I struggle to find, all while not trying to hurt their cellulitis leg. AND FOR FREE. No Mam. No Sir. Everybody works for my money. And if you don't.. you clearly have a trust fund. But truthfully, I wanted to have a job that pays decent and still be home with my kids a lot. I can work 3 12's as a nurse and still have a fulltime salary. I can work nights, and come home before my husband gets off and though I'll be tired, we won't need daycare. I couldn't do that in most other fields. When I was 18, wanting to be home with my kids? Was not even in my mind. (If it was, people would have judged me for that as well). Nor did I know I'd marry an Airman and move all over the world, often to places where social work jobs were slim pickings. Hospitals and medical buildings? Are everywhere, however. Yes, I like helping people. Yes, nursing is interesting to me. Yes, if nursing doesn't work for my family in 10 years, I will find another job that does. And if that doesn't work, I guess I'll be in clown school, or serving tables or doing whatever works. I work for my family to have food, shelter and clothes. I get in where I fit in as long as theres a check, it's legal and I can look myself in the mirror and not feel shame. If you don't get that, please make a donation in my name to Sallie Mae, Southwest Toyota financial and AT&T mobility the 1st of every month.
  6. lovedijah

    Having a baby summer before last semester??

    Here's my story. I graduate this summer. We started trying to have a baby at the point that I could graduate and still be pregnant. Having a baby while in nursing school? Would never be an option for us. Living on one salary is hard enough, but having to pay for daycare until I finished nursing school? That would be impossible. Also my husband is military, so we risked him being deployed and me doing everything alone. But timing it so that I could graduate while pregnant? That was the best idea for us. But even then I had to accept that I probably wouldn't get hired at 5 or 6 months pregnant. And then my husband deployed so it didn't pan out anyway. It was a big decision for us to make. But our reasons went something like, "What's going to be, is going to be". Truly, anything can happen. That's a constant. You can be on bed rest. You can have morning sickness. Unrelated to pregnancy, you can probably trip, fall and break your leg and have to sit out a semester of clinicals as well. It is what it is. If you wait until after school, you can also be on bedrest as a first year nurse if you get pregnant. What I mean to say is (and I'm sure your situation is way different than mine).. there is no perfect time to have a baby. Duh. If you want to have a baby, have a baby. As long as you're willing to accept you may possibly have a delayed graduation, some sleepness nights and things may go wrong. Best of luck as to what you decide. But I don't think you'll find many people who willingly get pregnant in nursing school. But I do think you can find people who did, and everything turned out OK. On the flip side there are people who never came back to school after they had their baby. What's important to you? Baby fever is a real thing. LOL. I do plan on trying to have a baby when my husband gets back although I'll be a brand new nurse with a brand new job. Should I wait a year? Perhaps. But I'm getting older, my husband deploys so I'm not on the timeline of everyone else.. and truly, the chips are going to fall as they may. Have a baby if that's what you want. Just accept the reality of what may happen.
  7. lovedijah

    How many LPN's Don't Plan To Pursue the RN Title?

    At the start of LPN school, I thought I was LPN and done. Now? Im going back to get my RN. My reasons are- my husband is military and I cant say for sure where we move will have a market for LPN's. Where I live now, the local hospital only hires LPN's on the rehab floor. I just want more options than that, if were going to be moving around. Also, I have a bachelors. So one year in school and I can have a BSN. Do I think I can have a rewarding career without being an RN? Sure. But depending where you live, I think LPN's are limited. I know LPNs making 9.00 an hour. I also know LPNs making $25.
  8. Congratulations!! For what it's worth, my biggest problems in fundamentals were.. Blood pressures- Definately start practicing now. Your teachers will probably teach you the way they want it to be done for test purposes, but just get comfortable with the basics. Get comfortable listening to sounds. I would also try to find the pulses of as many people as I could. You really want to get comfortable with that. Some people in my class had "difficult" pulses to find, and the teachers had no mercy during check offs. So just practice. If you google, a lot of tips and techniques come up to easily find pulses. If you have pharmacology this semester, it'd be helpful to learn abbreviations. Conversions would be helpful. How many teaspons equal... How many grams are in... Basic stuff like that. If you can get your books before hand, skimming over would help. I don't know that I'd start reading and memorizing things now- but just get an idea of things. But if you're wanting to get started right away, I wish I had more time to study/memorize.. lab values. What is the normal range for WBC's? What is the normal range for RBC's? Things like that. We needed to memorize nearly 6 pages of labs and tests, and it was hard with everything we had going on. Also your book should have skills demonstrations for foleys, ng tubes, wound changes, inserting an IV. You'll probably have skills check offs duing Fundamentals. Skimming over that would be helpful, just to get an idea of what to do and what's to come. Once you get in class- definately try to study everyday. That's the mistake I ran into. We had skills check offs each week and two other tests. If you didn't pass the skill, you got kicked out the program. I was so overwhelmed with that, I would sometimes study study study the skill and not study as much as I could for the other tests. Definately try to find a balance with things. Good luck and congratulations again!!
  9. I go to a technical college. The LPN program here is a little under 4000. I love it! I think it all depends on what school you go to. Our school is very well accepted in the community and most of all the graduates find jobs at the places we do clinicals. And then there are programs in our area, that aren't well accepted.
  10. lovedijah

    wheeeewwwww! Med surg I exam #1 passed:)

    YAY for you. Congrats!! We start Med Surg on Monday. Pretty nervous. Fundamentals was a beast.. so I guess I'll see what Med Surg brings.
  11. lovedijah

    is the lpn program less hard/stressful than the ADN program?

    I think it's all how you look at it. Is my LPN program hard? Yes. My average is a low B. At the same time, I don't think that means I couldn't pass a BSN or an ADN program. I would do what I'm doing now. Study the material and try to make sense of it- it'd just be different material. I don't know. Hard question to answer.
  12. lovedijah

    How many clinical hours is your LPN/LVN program?

    We have 412 clinical hours over a year. This is more than required by the board and more than some RN programs have in our area. 679 is impressive. I'm being nosy. But how many days do you have clinicals each week and how long do you stay? How long is your program? As for classroom hours, I have no idea how many we have.
  13. lovedijah

    Would Cheat in an Online Course?

    We had a&p tests online and they weren't proctored. However, the teacher stressed that looking at notes was academic dishonesty. However there was no magical camera that recorded what you did. The system didn't track if you opened up Google in another window. I assume most people looked at notes. But it was never talked about.Guess you'll have to do what feels right.
  14. lovedijah

    LPNs Often Fare Better Than Some Degree Earners

    I dont regret my 18,000 BS in Sociology. I was able, and still remain able to find employment- that I don't think I could find without a degree. Sure, I rarely ever see jobs that require degrees in Sociology. But the point is to have a degree. In anything. And people will give you a second look. I'd rather have a Bachelors, than not have one. I also think "going away to college" is an experience that I wouldn't have got, had I just gone to LPN school from the start. I lived on my own, balanced a checkbook, learned things about myself and other people. Sounds corny, but it was worth 18,000- to me. Yet, I still have to pay $200 a month for 8 more years for my "experience". So yeah, there are drawbacks. That said, I'm excited to see what my future as a LPN holds for me. I don't think I would have ended up here, if not for my oppurtunity to work in a group home and see what nurses did.
  15. lovedijah

    How many books for your program?

    We have about 12, for a one year program. Most of them are dictionaries, drug guides and things of that sort though.
  16. Our teachers have told us NOT to get used editions. Then they came back with, "You can of course do whatever you want, but we teach from the new books". I guess the issue would be page numbers and maybe (just maybe, probably not) the newer book will have a different graph.