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Happy.Nurselet has 2 years experience as a LPN.

I achieved my long-term dream of becoming a nurse 2 years ago, and I am looking to advance to RN within the next few years. I currently work inpatient psychiatric and love it, though I recall fondly my time in triage. Wherever there are patients and friendly coworkers, I am content. 

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    Hampton, VA VA

    Following as I am looking to move to the Chesapeake/Portsmouth area in a year or so.
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    LPN @ VA hospital & Overtime

    The slogan at the VA is “if you’ve seen one VA, you’ve seen ONE VA.” I work for a VA medical center and I love it! It’s a great place, but overtime is not that extreme. I have the opportunity for 8-16 hours on a good week, 4 or less on a not-so-good week. In our area, overtime is usually during night shift as a sitter, and the techs get first choice because they are most cost effective for the job needing done. That being said, I have heard that it is very different in the other VA medical centers that my team members have come from. Some places, overtime is constantly available and others are more restrictive with it than my location. Many people I work with prefer to have a second job part time or per DIEM over expecting overtime.
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    Religion & Ectopic Abortion

    I'm glad to see that other Christians (Catholic and of other denominations) and non religious alike accept the termination of ectopics in this manner. @jetsy62 as for the question of whether terminating an ectopic pregnancy is abortion, by definition it is. noun 1. The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. synonyms: termination, miscarriage "Her first pregnancy resulted in a spontaneous abortion" I don't believe it carries the same moral implication as abortion of a viable fetus, however to say it is not an abortion is incorrect. @morte and others with questions on whether the Catholic Church speaks against it, here is a link to why I became frustrated with their approach and started this topic: https://www.ncbcenter.org/files/9514/6984/9801/MSOB052_When_Pregnancy_Goes_Awry.pdf This is an article by the national catholic bioethics center which in summary, criticizes the use of drugs that target the fetus, favoring the approach of salpingectomy as "morally acceptable" because it targets not the fetus but the tube which would be subject to rupture. To their credit, the author acknowledges the good will of the physician and the primary goal of protecting the mother. @LibraSunCNM while I appreciate your concern, I'm quite aware of what defines an ectopic pregnancy as well as the prognosis for the non viable conceptus and the mother. Unfortunately this is something I educate patients on quite frequently. Honestly that's why I care enough to start this topic. I personally have no qualms with any safe termination of a life threatening condition, but after learning that the largest sect of Christianity is picky about it from a doctrinal standpoint, I am concerned for my patients mental and spiritual well-being. I hope none of my patients ever read or stumble upon any of this.. I hope they never hear anyone tell them it's "wrong" or "morally illicit" to terminate a non viable pregnancy.. but it makes me so mad that this is a real thing. Why are men behind desks deciding what the best course of treatment is for women with life threatening conditions? How many patients have struggled with whether or not to pursue safe treatment out of fear that they would be looked down upon by their church "family"?
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    For pagan nurses, is "Happy solstice" the right expression?

    I have tried out many religions, and for a couple of winters I was on the pagan spectrum. During those times I found the most respectful way to respond that I was comfortable with was "have a blessed Yuletide" or (merrily) "Yuletide cheer". I also used seasons greetings a lot and sometimes I would say (very sincerely) "enjoy your Christmas" to those I knew to be super religious. I want them to enjoy their holiday, so why not say it? Just because I won't be joining their celebration doesn't stop me from hoping they enjoy it. It's kind of like saying "have a nice vacation" in that sense.
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    What do you do when your instructors are useless?

    Critical thinking can absolutely be developed. I was raised by a mechanic and an English major. They are incredibly intelligent people, but have a formula for everything. I came into nursing expecting a formula. I struggled. I cried a lot. I almost gave up a few times. It was all so worth it. Do as many case studies as you can. Do lots of Nclex questions. I used to do nclex questions in line at the grocery store, while waiting for food, while cooking, while my husband was driving us somewhere, while at the gym, on breaks at work, and anywhere else I could put them. It really does help. I'm not the best at critical thinking, but I am not the worst either. You may never be perfect, but you can become a safe nurse.
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    Religion & Ectopic Abortion

    Hello nursing community! I have a question for you all. How do you feel about methotrexate or other drug-based treatment for the termination of ectopic pregnancy? As someone who was raised with very loose christian beliefs and spent some of my young adult years in the Catholic Church, I'm really intrigued to see how much focus there really is on this topic in the medical community. I work in an OBGYN hospital on the triage floor, and many times have had methotrexate used to terminate ectopic pregnancy in non emergent situations. I have seen patients take this in different ways, varying from complete emotional breakdown to sigh of relief. I see this method as one of the safest ways to handle the situation and find the noninvasive nature of it very appealing, but according to the bylaws of the Catholic Church it is still abortion and an excommunicable offense. I am not certain of how other denominations of christianity or other religions view it, and would be curious to learn. On that note, a couple of questions for you: How do you feel about termination of an ectopic pregnancy by pharmaceutical means? What religious background are you speaking from? How does your denomination/church/religion view this? Are your views in line with theirs, or do you find yourself on the outskirts like me? And to better understand your viewpoint, do you identify yourself as pro-life, pro-choice, or undecided? Just so you don't think I am skipping out on the tough one: I am pro-choice (politically speaking) because I believe every woman has a right to make her own choice until the point of fetal viability. Morally speaking, I know that I could not choose to terminate a viable pregnancy under normal circumstances, because I do not believe it is right. I know this can be a touchy subject for some, therefor I'm asking you to be kind. Please take care when choosing your words, and be kind to others. Everyone with personal connections to this topic will appreciate your gentle approach.
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    Valencia College ATN

    Congrats!! I haven't been through it, but I definitely want to follow your post! I am finishing my last two prerequisite classes next week.
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    Responding to psych patient requests/comments

    It's very difficult to tell over the internet. I have spent time after I finished my charting pouring over the internet for appropriate rehab facilities for patients and finding the best coloring pages or phone numbers or whatever they need- but it depends on the patient's condition. Assuming based on the above comments that the patient is being manipulative or has a history of manipulative behavior, I may respond by saying "I'm in the middle of a task right now, but I can get you the phone numbers for local animal shelters in just a few moments. Why don't you have a seat here near me and while I finish this up". At that point, the patient is within my visual range (safety) and I can assess their demeanor and behavior for a few moments. They are not successful in demanding what they want when they want it, but are provided a solution to help locate their dog. Delusional patients entirely change the situation, of course.
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    VA Hiring Process

    Sigh.... I'm both saddened and comforted reading these posts. I had an interview at the end of September and received a soft offer, have done all of my part, but I'm still waiting for a firm offer with a start date. While I do understand government red tape, three months from receiving an offer and still not knowing when I start is rough.
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    July 2017 Caption Contest - Select $100 Winner!

    Please check your license at the door!
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    July 2017 Caption Contest - Select $100 Winner!

    Oh my heavens!! YESSSS!
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    Are there any psych LPN's?

    I am one of about 8 psychiatric LPNs on my acute behavioral health floor.
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    Orlando Tech (LPN Program)

    No matter what education you have going in, everyone goes through the same program at the same pace, more or less. It takes 12-13 months. You are in class 5 days a week from 745-225 with variations for clinical days. The latest I ever got out was 3:50. The program is good, structured, and set up to change the way you think. That's a painful process, be prepared. You'll learn to prioritize because there is too much to do. You'll learn what it feels like to say "I don't have enough to do. Something isn't right." And you'll learn to function in a state of overwhelming stress. You'll appreciate all of that later.
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    LPN Jobs Orlando

    Well that's news! I was given different information. I apologize for inaccurate info.
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    Tips for the new girl?

    So far. Orientation has been mostly focused on med/surg areas, but this hospital system is one of the top 5 largest employers in my state so its not surprising. I guess I'll start orientation on my floor in a week, because its another week of computer training modules first. Thank you for the resource, I will look into that.
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    LPN Jobs Orlando

    Orlando health hires LPNs for all of their hospitals (a recent change). You have to be IV certified to be considered. Their LPN II makes around $30-35k starting. They have a variety of roles for lpns including ER, med surg, psych, mother/baby, etc. FL hospital does not employ LPNs as floor nurses to my knowledge. I know centracare nurses were limited to a $14 flat-rate with no differentials or opportunities to advance. The VA has their pay scales available online, I don't recall them off hand.