Does anyone really enjoy LTC? - page 2

I've always wanted to be a nurse but I wasn't sure, if I was cut out to be one. At my mothers suggestion I took CNA training. I LOVED caring for the residents. I knew right away I wanted to go to... Read More

  1. by   doobiedo
    18 patients is great! compared to places I have worked. My last per diem I was responsible for 60 patients with 3 aides if I was lucky and they came into work. That was in addition to treatments, medications and charting and as an RN I technically was reponsible for the 60 patients on the other floor. Thank goodness the LPN's on the other floor were excellent and able to take care of everything. My first night a patient died and the DON called me at home to tell me I filled out the death cert in the wrong color ink! She said it was in the policy and procedure book. I told her I had no time to sit and read a policy and procedure manual!
    I loved the patients but it was too much for me to risk my license over such poor staffing.
  2. by   dream'n
    Good luck to the OP. I believe that LTC nursing is almost a 'calling' and takes a special kind of person. As the other posters said, just watch out for facilities with staffing problems. I also heard LTC called "a license eater" because nurses in LTC facilities have a higher incidence of losing their licenses. Does anyone know if this is true? If so, I wonder if it is due to the increasing acuity of the patients and chronic under-staffing.
  3. by   MI LPN Student08
    I am not a nurse yet, finishing up my last pre-requisite to hopefully be accepted Jan 08. Anyway, I have worked in LTC for the past 9 years as a CNA and love it compared to the hospital.
    But like some of the above posters you have to find a good one with good supportive staff and team work. Like any other place it has its ups and downs but LTC makes you feel like you really get to know your patients and are really making a difference in their lives whether its just saying hi, washing their face or making them comfortable.
    The patients in LTC are very interesting people, they lived in the past and if your young you can really learn alot from them.
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Quote from dream'n
    Good luck to the OP. I believe that LTC nursing is almost a 'calling' and takes a special kind of person. As the other posters said, just watch out for facilities with staffing problems. I also heard LTC called "a license eater" because nurses in LTC facilities have a higher incidence of losing their licenses. Does anyone know if this is true? If so, I wonder if it is due to the increasing acuity of the patients and chronic under-staffing.
    Nurses lose their licenses for operating outside their scope of practice or not following standard procedures and standards of care. I don't think LTC nurses are at higher risk for losing their licenses...I've been in the business for more than 10 years and not one nurse lost a license because of poor staffing...or anything else...cripes we had a nurse who was fired for drug diversion and she didn't lose HER license! (sorry I digress)
  5. by   fultzymom
    I have worked in LTC for almost five years now et I love my job. I went from STNA to LPN to RN et supervisor. Now I work in MDS et get called out to the floor to help out sometimes or insert IV, do an admission or whatever they need help with. I still love it like I did from the start. And there is more to LTC than just passing meds. If you try it et don't like it you will not necessarily be "stuck" there. Good luck. Hope you will go for it. LTC takes a special nurse.
  6. by   2longasn
    What Matters Is Do You Enjoy Ltc? If After The First Time You Make A Positive Difference In Someone's Life Or Comfort In Someone's Death You Are Not Hooked, Then, You Don't Enjoy Ltc.
    I Promise You That If You Bring A Positive Attitude To What You Do, The Residents And Their Families Will Appreciate It And Miss You When You Are Not There. I Love Being A Nurse And Love Ltc And It Loves Me Right Back. It Loves Me So Much That On The Bad Days I'm Sheltered. I Know Tomorrow Will Bring Opportunity For A Better Day. An Opportunity For A Soft Spoken Thank You And A Smile.
  7. by   marjoriemac
    I love working in care homes, have done so since graduating 5 years ago with 1st Class (Hons) Nursing. I would never work in another area as I love the autonomy, the relationships with residents, the spontaneity. Yeah it can be hectic and if you are the lone nurse, you sometimes may feel overwhelmed by decision-making without a doctor or fellow nurse holding your hand, but the rewards from the residents are ten fold. Deliver the care now that you would wish upon yourself in the future and we can rock LTC into recognition. I also came across the sceptics, one of whom was a glorified penpushed in an outpatient clinic. Fight your corner, remind them of the reason you came to nursing - to care!
  8. by   anniev
    Big-B How true! My best friends son just came to work at the LTC where I am at,,, I did not encourage him to.. I have been here for 15years it was also my first job out of nursing school. It has changed so much since then, I would have run out the door 15 years ago had it been so rough! But then I thought about it, I was so starry eyed then. I had big dreams. I love working there it is a challenge I have learned so much. I have alot of frustration daily , those who do not work the floor have high demands for us that do,,, it is so sweet when push comes to shove and the powers that be have to lower themselves and work the floor, they are in tears. I am proud that I can do it well for my residents. but it doesn't happen overnight so if my best friends son survives he will get a great education if not he moves on and find where he wants to be in nursing... this is not the only place.
  9. by   2longasn
    fultzymom and marjoriemac. THANKS FOR THE GOOD COMPANY. I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE WHAT I DO.
  10. by   LPNJessi
    LTC is no longer just about geriatrics. We have had several young patients in their teens and twenties. Where I work we have a lot of cancer patients and VA patients that are not that old at all. I have gained a lot of knowledge at my job and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have worked at different facilities and would never go back to them. I even tearned one place in to the state it was so bad. But if you find the good place and one that is right for you it can be one of the best jobs ever. I love getting to kknow the patients and seeing them progess or even being able to help them pass on. It is very rewarding and well worth working in. I have also done home health and hospital work and LTC is my fav.
  11. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Jessi
    You like to help your patients pass on? Yikes I hope you mean make them as comfortable as possible whilst they are passing on...seems any thing more than that would be considered euthanasia.
  12. by   LPNJessi
    By helping them pass on I mean that I help them to prepare and help the family and help the patient to be comfortable. I often sit in the room or have a CNA sit in with a patient that is preparing to die to help make sure they are comfortable and not alone. I never meant anything related to euthanasia. When they are in denial of how sick they really are it is nice to beable to help them understand and prepare to end this life without a lot of pain and discomfort.
  13. by   southern_rn_brat
    I understood what you meant jessi lol. I feel the same way. It is important for me too.

    I've worked in LTC for 15 years...4 as a CNA and 11 as RN. I took time off to work in a hospital once and was miserable. I loved my LTC. I think it is a calling though. There is no in between. You either love it or hate it, IMO. I love it!

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