I googled " I don't want to be an LPN anymore" and I could completely relate to some articles.(Obviously, because I did google it, right?)
I am in my 20's. I have been an LPN for 2 years. I started RN school and withdrew to move south. Therefore, I believe I only lack 3 classes until my RN.(I would have to send transcript to be sure of course).
I am really just looking for someone to talk to. I know that sounds sad lol..
After working in a peds clinic for a year, I was in school. I withdrew RN school to move south. When I moved south, I started at LTC. I quit after 1 year because I received a new job offer. ($1 more an hour/ half day on Fridays/ NO MED PASS (thank goodness!/easier job) but when I got to the new job.. (Plastic and recon surgeon's office) There were issues way too early on that I felt like were red flags and I got some bad vibes but red flags:
1. The ENTIRE office was new except the DR and her mom who helped out in the office. I mean, everyone.
Therefore, nobody really knew anything.
2. Therefore it was COMPLETELY unorganized (I could have dealt with that because I knew it would get better)
3. There was a scrub tech in the office helping some days. The DR signed the bottom of the scripts and told the scrub tech what to write in. (narcotic). The scrub tech wrote the narcotic in and handed it to the patient. The patient then asks the scrub tech (I wasn't there); but she asked the scrub tech "I am allergic to codeine, can I take this?". Scrub tech says "hold on let me find out"... She comes to ask me. I said, "I'm honestly not sure on that, let me look it up" because she stated the DR was in another room. So she also asked the Dr's mother...who didn't know either. Anyways, I went to pull it up online (quickly, might I add) and the Dr's mother comes to me very rudely and says "why are we taking time to find this out?" I said "because the patient specifically asked and if she's allergic we might need to find another med for her; I'd hate for her to get this med if she's allergic because you never know what reaction should could have- like anaphylactic shock" she proceeds to say "You are NOT the pharmacy. Give her the script. I didn't need a sarcastic answer". Of course I said I wasn't being sarcastic, I was being serious..?
I just felt like that is NOT letting me ensure the care of our patients.
There were other micromanaging issues from the new manager who was clueless. I literally asked the other nurse if she decided she was staying (she had told me she was looking at leaving). When I asked her, the manager came across the hall and said "ooo whisper whisper" (we weren't whispering?) and then proceeds to say "that's one thing I cannot stand is whispering and gossip"â€¦.. "I'm not talking about you all" (I'm thinking- really?, because you just walked in saying 'whisper whisper'- ).. She said "that's one thing that I cannot stand. Someone I know used to do that all the time". She had been breathing down everyone's neck intensely.
I said "well, we weren't whispering, I was asking her a question about her job and I'm allowed to do that."
like who the heck comes across the hall like that?!?! She had been talking about how much meds she's been on and micromanaging. Trust me, the entire office has mentioned how spazzy and overwhelming.
Anyway, after the medication allergy situation I told them I wasn't coming back. The place had potential but OH MY GOSH WHAT A CIRCUS.
I'm sorry, if I get SCOLDED for making sure we aren't giving a pt a drug she's allergic to- then I am not able to do my job . The mother was more concerned because there was a room open when the doctor had 2 other people to see anyway. It's not like it takes it long to look it up and the DR ended up coming out and telling us it was okay to give her the script. (her mom caught her in the hallway and told her about it).
but if I'm getting scolded at for that and micromanaged ;and then the new manager acting like that. I felt like those are just bad flags! In a small office, within a short period of timeâ€¦ just seems like there were too many bad signs too soon.
So, I quit. And here I am. I was close to finishing my RN , but I don't know if I like nursing. People are more worried about quantity and less about quality.
I'm just stuck!! I look online and see LPNâ€ and I just shudder. I am really considering going to be a Certified Personal Trainer.
Has anyone else felt like thisâ€¦? Constructive advice welcome but I just feel OVER IT. I feel like I am at the point in life where I don't have time to deal with senseless stuff. I'm not willing to invest so much into a job somewhere, just for it to be crap and me think it's going to get better.
Please forgive my negativity. I am constantly told even by co workers about what a positive person I am. I am just really in a rut and mainly FRUSTRATED.