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Would you tell another facility you worked elsewhere for 1 week?

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by changeofpaceRN changeofpaceRN (Member)

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Here's the issue- I am a brand NEW LPN who got a job at an ALF with the perfect schedule. I posted a few days ago about med techs and how I was worried about them under my license.

Anyway, last night was my 2nd night on and I found out they DO pass narcotics:uhoh21: . Secondly, from the group I had last night, the techs told me they had only been there about 2 months because the facility has such a big turnover rate.. ok not the end of the world.. then comes the panic.. I walked into a few rooms to do accu-checks (there are 225 residents at the facility) and I found pills at the bedside on more than 1 occasion! Many of these people share a room too! I wasn't happy at ALL. :nono: Then, my 2nd night on and from now on, I am the only nurse on my shift.. again I'm brand NEW out of school.

You know what they did before I was hired??? They had NO NURSE there- no agency was called in or anything! They just let 3 CNA's and 3 med techs in charge of the place *gasp* This is a lawsuit waiting to happen!

Anyway, I want out ASAP- don't I have to give them notice? I've been there less than a week so should I give 2 weeks??! At my next interview, do I tell them about this place or pretend it never happened? I don't want something on my resume that will look bad on my part when it wasn't my fault.:angryfire

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FYI- it's the 11-7 shift. And the DNR orders are more than 6 years old in the charts and haven't been updated or reviewed.. isn't that a problem too?

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pagandeva2000 is a LPN and specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

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I probably would not say that I worked at this place at all. Just my personal opinion, but, you never know how the person interviewing you will perceive this information. The things that you mentioned is why I would not want medical aides passing medications. They are passing narcartics, leaving medication at the bedside, and one 40 hour course will not instill in their heads how unsafe this is, because THEY DO NOT HAVE A LICENSE...WE DO!!

Best of luck, looking for something else, but I would not mention these jokers at all.

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clee1 specializes in Hospice, Med/Surg, ICU, ER.

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RUN, don't walk, away from that place NOW!!!!!

Your license is in immediate risk. No notice, no show, and don't put them on your resume'.

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oneLoneNurse specializes in Psych, Informatics, Biostatistics.

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RUN, don't walk, away from that place NOW!!!!!

Your license is in immediate risk. No notice, no show, and don't put them on your resume'.

I agree, this sounds like a law suit waiting to happen. One thing to pre pour meds, BUT leaving them at the bed side is totally unsafe. Pull the plug and run.

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kwagner_51 specializes in Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Home Health.

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GET OUT NOW!! My experience: Hired into a LTC facility had QMA's that could and did pass narcs, did G-tube feedings, everything but insulin. In fact it was a QMA that trained me. I worked about a month full time them went PRN. I was working full time in a preschool. Anyway, I worked q o Saturday. Anyway, I was working one night and realized that it was me, 2 other nurses and 2 qmas working the entire building [210 pts]. The scarey part was I had my license longer than the other 2, between us we had about 6 months experience!!

The last night I worked, I had an unexpected death on my unit, a qma was working the unit beside mine, there was a qma and an LPN on the North side and an LPN on the Rehab unit. I was the ONLY RN in the building. There was NO WAY for me to see/know what everyone else was doing under my license. At about 3AM I decided that when I gave report at 7AM I was NOT coming back!!

Two days later State walked in in the middle of the night!! everyone was dumping their pre-set meds as fast as they could. The LTC facility was charged with Immerdiate jepordy, and substandard care!!

I was LUCKY!! I was not called to answer any questions about what had happened and I decided right then and there that I would NOT put my license on the line for ANYONE ever again!!

I had a grand total of 1.3 yrs experience and none of it was good!!

PLEASE get out and DO NOT list them as a job or as a refference! Do not give 2 weeks notice. Just don't show up except to pick up your check!!

Good Luck and keep us posted!!

In His Grace,

Karen RN

Failure is NOT an option!!

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Medic/Nurse is a BSN, RN and specializes in Flight, ER, Transport, ICU/Critical Care.

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Run.

Get out of there - just try to forget the entire experience and hopefully, there will be nothing in the future to "remind" you.

Just don't mention it - it was just a week.

You will have a long career - just use this as a learning experience.

Practice SAFE!

:)

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RNDreamer specializes in acute care.

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Anything can happen in 2 weeks, causing you to lose your license...I agree with the poster who said run...every second you stay there, you put your hard earned license at risk...no amount of money is worth this..I would not return to that facility, but I would let them know that I would no longer be returning..this way you will immediately be removed from their list of employees..good luck in the search for your next job, hopefully it will not be an even worse nightmare.

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I agree with everyone else who advise you to get out of there immediately. I would not hesitate to tell them that you can not jeopardize your license. Good luck in finding a new job.

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bill4745 is a RN and specializes in ICU, ER.

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RUN, don't walk, away from that place NOW!!!!!

Your license is in immediate risk. No notice, no show, and don't put them on your resume'.

I agree totally. Let them know you will not return, don't put them on a resume.

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Gennaver is a MSN and specializes in Ortho, Med surg and L&D.

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...At my next interview, do I tell them about this place or pretend it never happened? I don't want something on my resume that will look bad on my part when it wasn't my fault.[/b]:angryfire

Hello,

I would be honest about being there for one week but, I would not tattle or go into detail about what you saw there. I do not think it is necessary to give the blow by blow to your new employer about why you were there a weel other than something along the lines of "There was a major disconnect between the listed job description and the realities of the role assigned and it did not agree with the practice act of an LPN." Right? LPN's have practice acts?

Good luck and sorry about your experience, sorry for everyone involved!

Gen-a soon to be newly graduate pre-NCLEX-RN!!

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I wouldn't even go to the trouble of updating my resume if I only had the job for a week. Unfortunately, Most of the ALFs I've seen don't have many nurses on staff and allow unlicensed personnel to do all kinds of stuff that is usually reserved for nurses. You would need to see what is allowed in that facility per state regs. That being said, I wouldn't be comfortable with what is going on and the potential risks involved.

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