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Stressed LPN

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by Tinamae Tinamae (New Member) New Member

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I am currently working at a facility where we have one nurse per shift for the 3 floors and 2 RNs that sit in the office. Some days are decent but some days can get really bad! I am the constant go to for everything. Continually questioned and called on by staff, patients, family, etc. while the other 2 nurses keep their door closed “working”. There have been times when they have witnessed the overload of work and even commented “how crazy the day is”. I had recently taken vacation and  upon my return was told they do not know how I do it.  I am stressed out, continual headaches.. really thinking about quitting!  

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I understand how you feel but I work in dialysis and not in ltc or anything like that. Dialysis is a beast! You are on your own responsible for putting on your 4 patients, monitoring them during treatment, and taking them off treatment. All that doesn't sound like much, but when you have 3 sets of 4 patients at a time and time  restraints on you and working 16 to 17 hours a day is a lot! I am definitely stressed and totally understand how you feel just in a different kind of business. I would say look for something else, but to me unless you are in a clinical setting being a LPN/LVN is a lot of work and not a lot of support from your superior nurses. I have other friends that are LVN's and they went into LTC and they didn't have much support or even training to make them feel comfortable with what they are doing. I really hope it gets better for you! 

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13 Posts; 53 Profile Views

Have you communicated with the managers about how your days are going? It sound silly but I suffered in silence at my old job until I spoke up for myself because I can be a bit shy. When sometimes they sit back because you appear to be dealing with it well in their eyes. I would communicate with your managers the need for assistance some days. If it doesn’t change I’d go to a higher up and explain how you communicated with your direct managers and they didn’t help the situation - if they don’t value you and you aren’t super attached - find a new facility. Maybe assisted living it may be a bit more calm. 🙂

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Thanks so much. I have actually communicated my concerns with my superiors, but when you are more concerned with money than patient care your concerns fall on death ears. With great contemplation I recently resigned from my position of 6 years. I will miss my patients that I have grown to care so deeply about, but if I stay I know I will begin to hate the thing I have wanted to do all my life. I pray that all the stressed great nurses out here luck! May you all have a blessed week!

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Good for you for making the decision to resigns. You need to take care of your overall health before you can provide the best care for your patients. I wish you all the best!

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I feel you on this! I am currently working at a LTC facility with one LVN per 40 patients or 60 patients. I feel unsafe and have communicated this to the admin but nothing has been done. I have applied at other jobs and will be hopefully starting something new soon! I agree with the above comments, we must take care of ourselves first! 

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