I can't of course say what LTC facility I went into yesterday as an agency nurse but......THANK YOU!!! To the nurses, aides, housekeeping, dietary and even the one OT guy...you guys are the S%$T! What team work and great attitudes!, the facility you are at doesn't even deserve any of you! You were all helpful and hardworking as hell! That place is crazy nuts....I had 27 residents and jeez, it really felt good to try and actually assess people b/c I have been doing private duty, but trying to assess put me VERY behind on an already horrendous med pass. I probably will never go back there, b/c I felt I could not give the care these residents deserve...but maybe I did make a small difference...the staff liked me and they said of all the nurses(RNs and LPNs alike)they have not seen anyone ask about a skin breakdown protocol. They were actually amazed I tried assessing some of the residents. They say the turnover rate is so high, agency is the norm! If I were the administration, owners, or whatever I would do whatever it took to hold on to these regular staff people!
When did this all start happening? the bare minimum staffing???, I was thinking if everyone had a reasonable workload, wouldn't there be less turnover and better patient/resident care? After working in med/surg, rehab, mh/mr, private duty, under the right circumstances I think a LTC facility would be a perfect match for me, b/c you do need strong assessment skills and how to communicate effectively, which I have. But I don't think, I will go again as agency or regular staff at a minimally staffed place. I will keep looking though:-)
The staff yesterday were saying that there isn't any sense to go anywhere else, b/c it is pretty much the same everywhere, so they stay....luckily for the residents! I wish that I were ready to open up a very ltc facility and hire everyone who worked with me yesterday! I would take less income as an owner to have it well staffed and my staff happy and residents safe!
thanks for listening fellow healthcare advocates! I think, I will use now instead of nurses, b/c there are so many people in healthcare that are not nurses, but feel just as we do!