Great Nursing homes to work in? - page 2
I always hear such negative remarks about LTC facilities. Like poor staffing, or difficult managment. I love working with the elderly, but working at my facility is going to kill me before long! Does anyone work in a nice, well... Read More
- 0Apr 7, '03 by JentleOneOriginally posted by rebel_red
Chained Chaos is absolutely right. Surveys are public domain. I found the information on the net about LTC's in our area and read the results of their surveys. I have also been known to call a facility (in the days when I was Activities/Social Services.) and request a tour. (Warning some Administrators appreciate this research others dearly resent it.)
Anyhow the facility I am at is wonderfully staffed. We had a deficiency free survey and we didn't do a darn thing different than what we do on a day to day basis. Our administrator and DON are very proactive. Our DON and Adminstrator make daily rounds, have meals with the residents in the dining room, and respond promptly to staff concerns with the same attention given to residents and thier families.
Orientation here is extensive. There is always someone to ask for help.
The only complaint I have is with some of my coworkers on 11-7 they are out and out lazy. However that situation is being handled.
So what I am trying to say is there are good facilities out there! I have often thought if hospitals went through yearly surveys as stringent, how many of them would have provisional standing? (No I am not knocking hospital nurses! It just amazes me how frequently I am asked "Why do you work in one of those places?" with this tone as if what I do is "less than" or carries no value. Heck even my one instructor said she didn't want to see us working in LTC's as that was the place for "lazy" nurses.)
We really need good nurses in LTC who care like you do!
So hang tough!
- 0Apr 7, '03 by JentleOneOriginally posted by JentleOne
- 0Apr 9, '03 by TookieJust some of my thoughts on this issue
I am very lucky in as much l believe l work in a great nursing home, hostel – Aged care setting – whilst we do not have a large nursing ratio of staff to residents – I believe that our philosophy and design enhances the living environment and the care for the residents. Not all of our staff would probably agree with me – but l do find the management in general to be supportive
We are very limited here because of the government funding to the aged care system – unfortunately l go back once again to the argument that until people – i.e. governments value the aged person we will never have sufficient funds in the system to ensure that the average older person will really get the care they deserve.
Most of the people for whom we care have contributed a lot to our individual countries and deserve to be well looked after in their old age. They will have paid taxes all their lives and in many cases supported families in many ways and what happens when they get old – for those that end up in a nursing home – this can be a very debatable question. I just hope that by the time l am old enough as a baby boomer – it has improved and there are sufficient funds in the system.- Unfortunately the pollies forget you when you get too old to vote.
I keep looking at the whole of the structure - that the government should also take responsibility not just the staff working in the system - they are burning out - and why not when there is so little support.- I truly beleive that we have to somhow make governments more aware of the aged persons needs -
All the best
Hang in there