Complete surprise, in a good way, LTC experience so far - page 2

I'm a new LTC nurse, been there a whole two weeks. I have to admit, it was the last place I had expected, or hoped, to be. Everyone that knows me would say "you'd be a great ER nurse" or something else acute care related (my true... Read More

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    I think you've got a great attitude! Good for you. I've opened mine up as my job search has gone on and on. At first I thought 'oh, I only want to do one of these 2-3 types of nursing', but now I've applied for several more types.
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    Great for you, it is so refreshing to find someone who know her own mind.
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    I'm happy to hear that you didn't let someone else make your mind up for you. Most people that turn their nose up at LLTC have never tried working there. Sure, there are some very poorly managed places, but there are lots of really good places too that provide excellent care for people that have no other alternatives. It really is a terribly important job.
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    Quote from JBMmommy

    My only gripe is that I've had a number of people tell me I'll "grow out of it" when I answer lights and help people with bedpans, or stop and get snacks, and I understand that people can get burnt out. Rose colored glasses of a new nurse or not, I don't intend to grow out of it, it's part of my care as long as I'm able.
    There is a lot that I loved about LTC! thank you JB!
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    Quote from JBMmommy
    I'm a new LTC nurse, been there a whole two weeks. I have to admit, it was the last place I had expected, or hoped, to be. Everyone that knows me would say "you'd be a great ER nurse" or something else acute care related (my true love is cardiac). I'm a task-oriented person, without much 'touchy-feely' about me, so when people talked about the relationships with patients in LTC, it really made me nervous that I just wouldn't enjoy it at all. Life being what it is, this opportunity unexpectedly came up and I figured I at least owed it a shot and went in with as open a mind as I could (still had some big reservations about whether I'd fit). I have to say, I really like it. I'm constantly on the move, and med pass on 30 residents makes my 4 patient med pass nights in clinicals look like a cake walk. I'm learning to navigate two med passes, a treatment pass, charting and any number of things that will come up. I think that acute care and LTC are just completely different animals. Some of my classmates have apologized to me that I ended up in LTC, and I can see why they'd have that opinion. I don't want to debate which is "harder" or "better", I'm no less of a nurse caring for my 30 residents than my former classmates caring for their trauma patients in the ER. My treatments might be skin tears and not surgical wounds, my assessments are more focused and maybe not as life or death, but my residents are no less important than any of those people walking into a hospital. Most of my residents led productive lives at one point, and now their world has been reduced to one floor of a building, or for some- four walls of a room. They rely on the care provided by my excellent fellow-nurses, our wonderful CNAs, and myself, and I'll do my best to provide what I can. Just thought I'd post this in case there are any new grads, or soon-to-be-grads, or even students that think they'll "never even consider LTC", you might want to be open to what life sends your way, it could be the best move you make.

    My only gripe is that I've had a number of people tell me I'll "grow out of it" when I answer lights and help people with bedpans, or stop and get snacks, and I understand that people can get burnt out. Rose colored glasses of a new nurse or not, I don't intend to grow out of it, it's part of my care as long as I'm able.
    I hear you. I am a new Nurse, my first job is LTC... I was skeptical how am I gonna finish on time doing 30 patient? But yeah, I learn to navigate between medpass, treatment and charting that I can go home as scheduled. Some of my classmates would say "oh, i don't wanna end up in the nursing home..." but dear, why would I waste my time waiting for a hospital job? I am glad and thankful that I get this job right after passing my NCLEX... otherwise, how am I gonna sustain my tuition to get that BSN? And the experience I earn dealing with all kinds of people, and member of the healthcare team... By the way, these people in the LTC also needs competent nurses. One day I've probably end up to be a Cardiac Nurse, but am glad that I had this experience with the elderly.
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    You go JBMommy. You have a great attitude and I would be honored for you to be a co-worker of mine. Best of luck to you and LTC is great . It and psych are my true loves. One clinical area psychiatry helps with the LTC side.
    Keep on keeping on .
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    Thank you for taking care of our older generation.
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    I enjoy LTC. My residents, I love them to pieces. Their family members often leave something to be desired...but I just nod and smile.
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    I am that rare student nurse that wants to work in LTC. The reason I'm in school was to be a nurse in LTC. I loved your post. So nice to see the good side of it! Thank you for sharing
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    After two years searching and many rejections for lack of experience, I finally got a job in a LTC facility - start nights this Saturday. I hope that I will have a similar experience. Thanks for your encouraging post!


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