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What did I get myself into??

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by Newdalo Newdalo (New) New

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Hello everyone. I'm so discouraged today. I'm a new grad LPN. I got hired at a LTC/rehab facility. I was told I would be the treatment nurse or occasionally pulled to the floor in the lockdown dementia unit. So, I've been training per that with one day left of orientation (10 total days.) Yesterday they tossed me on the "rehab" unit which is 33 residents, primarily rehab but some LTC mixed in. My orientating nurse was then pulled to meetings and to do admissions on another unit so I was left on my own, my first time running a cart, on a unit I have never been on other than to do treatments. Today was the same, only with an agency nurse orientating me and a resident fall in the middle of 8am med pass, and no treatment nurse scheduled. I struggled, terribly. I asked my unit manager and DON for help and they told me to find my orientating nurse, who was MIA the entire day. Yesterday and today combined I got one 10 minute break which I used to cry in the bathroom :( I just don't know what to do. I'm really dreading going back.

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That was not right for them to leave you alone on a floor you have never been on. Please talk to your DON and get the support you need, if they can't do that then there are lots of places that will hire you.

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Thank you, Tippyrn. I talked to the DON and NUMs, after those conversations (they just basically told me to deal with it because they didn't have enough staff to extend my orientation) and a few more days of trying to make it work out I decided to resign. Thankfully, I got several job offers and ultimately accepted one from a facility with significantly lower ratios and a DON who said she left the facility I was at for the same reasons I was struggling with.

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