I'm currently a BSN-RN with triple ANCC certifications (Gerontological Nursing, Ambulatory Nursing and Nurse Case Manager) with 7 years experience ranging from Public Health, clinic, HH and now case management. I'm 40 years old with a prior career in IT.
I work now as a case manager for a large medical group, sitting at a desk on a phone most of my 9-5, M-F week. Pay and benefits are good. But......I need extra money!!!
My co-workers and I were reminiscing the other day - about our humble beginnings, and most of us started in SNF/LTC. I realized how much I missed the "old days" of pushing the med cart down the nursing home hallway and working with old people (yes, I enjoyed even the abusive crazy ones). I used to work as a CNA/med aide in a small, high-end LTC that was a pretty, clean, quiet little place with decent staff & good morale. This was in the Midwest in the late 90s/early 2000s.
Do places like this even exist any more? Have ALL the nursing homes/assisted living places just completely gone down the toilet? Or are there still a few independently owned, small, nice places that are good to their employees? I'd love to get a part time/every other weekend/PRN job at somewhere halfway decent. Just to make some party money. Any DONs have insight on if I'd be laughed out the door? Anyone working SNF/LTC want to share what an RNs role is there these days? I really don't want to supervise; I almost want to do CNA work! I miss working directly with residents and answering call lights. CRAZY, I KNOW.