I never thought I'd be thinking about going to work in a nursing home. Here where I live, the three 'biggies' that transfer their residents to our hospital have dismal reputations and I always saw LTC as sort of an abyss. I am a student nurse, and I work in a rural ER.
However, in my dealings with elderly patients both in school and at work, I have discovered what a special population they are. Small things bring tears to my eyes, when an elderly woman tells me thank you, or will take the time to tell me a story of her youth. That is wonderful to me.
So I wanted to ask:
Could any RNs in LTC tell me what the average starting salary is, what they do in a day, how long they have been in LTC, how well they like it, etc. I'm a bundle of questions. I had a friend who worked as an aide in a nursing home, and she said that the RNs were mostly tied up with paperwork and didn't have much time for patient care... is that true?
I would really like to try and change the reputation and public image of the nursing home, and provide consistent, quality care to residents. If anyone could give me any information, I'd be grateful for your time and input.
Thanks in advance.