OK... I graduated may/2013 and just got my first job on a long term care unit. My nerves are on overdrive. The biggest regret I have in my career path is never working as a CNA ... my first rotation in nursing school
was LTC but we were far, far from nurses at that point so we really didn't get into the role of the RN on the unit.
What are some key things / skills I should be reviewing? They know I have no experience and are giving me three weeks of orientation to start, we will re-evaluate from there.
I'm just really doubting myself... our clinicals were mostly all Med-Surg ... I would be more comfortable walking onto the med-surg floor because I know the RN's role and what is expected.
Jan 4, '14
Hi RNla - just wanted to offer you some encouragement. Unfortunately, I don't work long term care so I can't offer specific advice. I would suggest that you start by becoming familiar with your facility's policies and procedures. Also, the experienced nurses will be a valuable resource.
For what it's worth, I found this link on amazon
The Long Term Care Nurses Guide - Revised: Charles Kennedy RN: 9781448648894: Amazon.com: Books
Good luck today
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