Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Florence:
Go back to school to obtain your RN.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Charleston:
"That the pay would been mor equal to what I left."
Be attentive to your patients medical needs, be a good advocate for them. Some times families think the know best and they don't and for this many times patients suffer. Educate both the patient and families where the can understand, educate the family to help their family member to get better and not to be enabling them because the patient wont make better progress for their goals set by the other teams. Be kind and compassionate, but be tough and stern. Give posititive re-enforcement. Keep your work area neat and clean so you will be profecent with your job. You want to work smart not hard.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Lafayette:
"Lack of growth."
Go for your RN from the start.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Wilkes-Barre:
"The stress involved."
Become an RN.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Richmond:
"Turn over rate."
Make sure you want to be a advocate and love taking care of people. Always willing to learn new skills and continuous education, because nursing is always changing (technology).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Nunda:
"Know your job."
Make sure you know all your duties and what is expected of you in the position you are expecting. In my position I'm expected to do lpn duties aide duties. Be responsible for ordering med supplies and medication. Handle money and write monthly notes. This is just the tip of my responsibilities.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Charlevoix:
When caring for your patients, remember the standard for court, (yes some of you will have to be there describing/defending your actions) Is: "What a reasonable & prudent nurse would do". Just do right by your patients, the rest will fall in place. ..... It's a job that will make you cuss, frazzled, cry, laugh, be amazed, and when your residents tell you they love you it makes it worth all the energy and giving.