I've been thinking about starting at a SNF as a new grad, but I've heard a lot of different opinions on it. Can anyone explain what an RN position at a long term care facility would require in terms of skills/responsibilities as opposed to one in an acute care setting, s.a. new grad programs at hospitals?
RNs in LTC where I am located work as charge nurse ( the desk) or medication nurse 30 to 40 patients and sometimes you have a wound and treatment nurse either an RN or LPN. What I see in LTC here is that management RNs do not touch patients however the good ole charge nurse , medication nurse or wound and treatment nurse RNs do hands on care same as the LPNs we are paid more for our education and experience. However, I still learn from all my coworkers whether they are LPNs or RNs like myself... being a new grad it can be done and is all about time management and you will learn alot and nothing is ever the same two days in a row in LTC.
I was glad that I had a background in cardiac and psych before I did long term care as you see quite a bit of cardiac issues and psychiatric issues such as depression, dementia, and Alzheimers.
Last edit by Psychtrish39 on Feb 24, '11
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