I'm a new LPN graduate who said that after graduation I would never work in a LTC facility. Well after four months of being out of school I thought I would apply and try a LTC facility. Well it was exactly what I though it would be. I managed to make it through 4 days of orientation. What a nightmare. I have never been so overwhelmed and scared in my life. How is it humanly possible to do 2 med passes, wound care, accuchecks and administering insuling in an appropriate time, calling doctors, doing Medicare charting and somewhere in the middle of it all spending 2 minutes with a patient who might need you to show some compassion. Well giving compassion sets you behind. In the four days that I worked there I met some of the most precious patients who I would love to of got to know besides thats furosemide, kcl, and insuling patient who has a foley. If that is nursing I don't want any part of it. I know that medications and paperwork are a big part of nursing but somewhere in there I would think the patients come in to play. I couldn't complain to much of about the pay but then again for the liablility I was taking and the fact that I came home knowing I had to hand some of my nursing moments (not nursing care but affection) off to CNA's because I did not have time, the pay couldn't be high enough. When I quit the DON proceeded to tell me that I would eventually get a system and I would be able to get everything done. Yeah maybe according to policy (med pass, charting etc.) but what about the patients?
I guess I'm one that believes a touch, a smile and time with someone works better than all the medicine in the world, especially in a LTC facility where your time is the only time they may get.