Be prepared to be unorganized and overwhelmed. Do not let nurses teach you shortcuts!! Learn how to do things the right way, and make that your habit. Write everything down. I have my report sheet, and keep another one on my cart to write things down as they are thrown at me. "Mr. Blah's leg hurts"- from OT, "Mrs.Smith can't poop"- from CNA... "Blah, blah, and blah...new orders..." At the end of my shift, I read my list and make sure I have addressed each issue, or pass on if I didn't have enough time. Good luck. I love LTC, but it takes time.
Learn how to just put your head down and work. Don't let the politics, incessant drama and just crap suck you in. If you can avoid that, LTC can teach you SO much. I loved LTC. Glad I don't do it anymore, but I loved it.
LTC can be very rewarding but as someone before me said, keep your head down and work. Don't let yourself get sucked into the drama, love the little old men and ladies and make sure they know you care. Once you get a routine down you will be fine. Don't let the initial chaos get to you. You will be okay