I'm a new grad (RN) and just had an interview at an LTC/SNF.
It is a corporate/for profit facility that apparently doesn't want to have too many RNs on staff. There are 120 beds (2 wings of 60). For the 3-11 shift there is 1 RN on the skilled care floor (60 residents) who has the help of LPNs for med pass and CNAs for ADLs. On the other wing ---- NO RN. There is a highly competent, very experienced LPN who is handling the dementia/Alzheimer patients.
Now....as the RN I would be legally responsible for 120 residents! I don't think so....I just about RAN out of that place! Even the person interviewing me said it was a lot of responsibility and no nurse wants to find themselves sitting in front of the BON if there's an incident.
I did some research before the interview and noticed that Medicare only gave them 1 star for nursing. So, I figured their RN to patient ratio was probably high - but I NEVER imagined it was that high.
Sep 13, '12
That sounds typical for LTC. Quite often one RN in the building for a shift.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Sep 13, '12