I'm a LPN and for the past 22 years I have worked in LTC. Five years as a CNA and 17 as a LPN, 14 of which were spent as a MDS Nurse. I got burned out doing MDS and took a job in a LTC as a floor nurse on 3-11 shift but lasted three days. To put it nicely, It was a nightmare experience.
Anyway, on November 7th I started a job as a Hyperbaric/Wound care Nurse in a wound clinic with a $3 an hour pay cut. I was so excited to finally be free from LTC and bad management I probably would have taken even more of a pay cut, *BUT* I find myself missing LTC a good bit. I love working with the elderly and find myself missing the interaction and hands on care. The thing is, and I am ashamed to say it, but I have burned bridges with a lot of LTCs in the area, and the ones I haven't worked in or who would rehire me don't need LPNs right now. I've been applying to Home Health agencies as well knowing a large percentage of the clients are elderly, esp. in my area.
I feel like when I'm sitting by a hyperbaric chamber staring at a patient for over two hours a day and dressing wounds for the other six hours that I am losing skills. My plan is, if I can't find a job in LTC, to get a year of experience with the wound clinic, become wound certified and branch out into wound care, hopefully landing a treatment nurse position in a LTC.
I know I'm rambling but I just needed to type that out. Maybe it's just nursing I'm tired of.
P.S. I absolutely do not miss MDS Nursing and don't know if I ever will.