LPNs and LVNs: Survival Tips

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Posted on 22nd April 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

It is not up to your employer to ensure that you take your breaks or stay home on days you are sick.  It is up to you.  Make sure, as a LPN, a LVN or a nurse, that  you take your breaks.  It’s easy to get into the habit of skipping them and in some settings, you may feel guilty because there is so much work, or you are short handed.  You may even experience peer pressure to skip breaks.  Even if you can’t take the full amount of time because you are so busy, try to take some time.  Everyone needs to eat and take bathroom breaks.  Help eachother to be able to do so.  This is where a strong allied health team approach will be most helpful.  Don’t abuse the situation, but do help each other to get away from the unit.  Some facilities have breakers or float personnel who just cover for breaks and meals.  An allied health team must have a licensed person on duty at all times.  Furthermore, if you are truly sick, stay home!  Don’t bring your germs to work;  your co-workers and patients do not want to catch your germs.  See your doctor if necessary.  Get rest and drink fluids so that you can get well as soon as possible.  In an already short staffed environment, they need you back at work.  Don’t try to overextend your self.  Some LPNs, LVNs and nurses work three twelve-hour shifts a week at one hospital and two or three shifts at another.  This may make you a lot of money, but it can wear you down and burn you out.  Be reasonable and realistic.  Sooner or later those who overextend themselves hit a brick wall.  That’s when mistakes and injuries are more likely to happen.  Take care of yourself in order to take better care of others.

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