Hospital Units with Longest patient stays

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am currently a BSN student. I have worked as a CNA in both an assisted living facility and a hospital. I actually enjoy the long-term relationships developed in an assisted living facility versus the quick turnaround in the medical surgical unit of my local community hospital. My question is is which hospital units have longer patient stays and the opportunity to really get to know the patients? I like working with infants and children but I also work well with the geriatric population. Thoughts anyone?
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   SoldierNurse22
    Oncology. You'll see them multiple times, often for weeks at a time for treatment and recovery.
  4. by   RNperdiem
    Burns. You get a person with major burns requiring multiple grafts. Add a bad inhalation injury and an extensive rehab and then you will have a person whose stay is measured in months.
  5. by   brithoover
    Pediatric oncology. Some kids are there 6+ months
  6. by   NicuGal
    NICU...we have some kids up to a year.
  7. by   blondy2061h
    Another vote for oncology. We have had patients pushing a year in our BMTU. This isn't like long term care where it's the expectation, though. Everyone involved in the care of these patients is very frustrated, the patient is usually very depressed, the family is at their whit's end. The patient often dies when they've been there that long.
  8. by   sbostonRN
    LTAC hospitals might be a good fit. They patients are chronically ill, trachs, vents, massive would care. Typical length of stay is 4 weeks. It's a challenging environment but I loved getting to know my patients and seeing them progress. Staffing is generally very poor though.
  9. by   ausrnurse
    Dialysis! You can have the same patients' for 20 years!
  10. by   Caffeine_IV
    Inpatient rehab within hospital
    Oncology unit
    Some general medical floors
    LTAC
  11. by   melizerd
    Another burn vote. We've had patients that stayed 12-13 months. It definitely is a unique specialty.
  12. by   TarheelGirlx3
    Thanks everyone! I was thinking along the lines of NICU or pediatric Oncology if I wanted to work with younger patients, but I haven't thought about the burn units...thanks everyone!
  13. by   melizerd
    Some burn units do pediatrics as well. Burns aren't something everyone is comfortable doing and it's a small market too. Definitely worth learning more about. Most people think I'm crazy that I love it.
  14. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Sadly, my experience with burn is that the patients who stay the longest (past the 6 months - 1 year mark) are often the most difficult, non-compliant patients. Not all but many.

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Hospital Units with Longest patient stays