military girl, I respect your opinions, but I'm afraid that I have to disagree. Every area of nursing has their own set of skills, does that mean that a nurse should experience every area of nursing in order to be a well rounded nurse? I know that that's probably not the point that you are trying to make, but an OB nurse would have a really difficult time on a Med-Surg, even though OB is acute care, and M/S is acute care. I recall one OB nurse in particular that was telling me that she threatened to quit her job because she had to take care of someone that had an NG tube on the Maternity floor (it was M/S overflow), and she never had to work with them before. Just like a M/S or ICU nurse would most likely be lost in the OR. It just doesn't matter. I have worked acute care before, and I felt that having 10-12 fresh post-op or medically complex patients was unsafe, and I know a lot of nurses that have left acute care because of that reason. I am NOT saying that LTC is better than acute care, each has pros and cons. But I never feel in LTC that I'm doing the same thing over and over again. With the geriatric population living longer with a myriad of complex medical problems, there is always something new happening, or some puzzle to figure out. I'm sorry that you feel all you do is "pass pills and wipe butts", but there is SO much more to the geriatric population than that. No offense meant, but if that's the way you feel about it then maybe geriatrics isn't the place for you. And that's okay. But I am confident enough in my skills as a geriatric nurse to know that's not all I do, and I feel honored to be caring for the people that have done so much to make this country the place it is, and I don't feel that I'm "losing" anything by caring for these people. In fact, I have gained much, both personally and professionally.
My biggest pet peeve (and I have mentioned this over and over) is not feeling respected as a LTC nurse. I don't need recent acute care experience to make me a "better" nurse. I can, and have, been offered jobs in different areas of acute care. Like many nurses, I'll always have a job. And I know that I'm always needed. Like I said before, a proficient skills checklist does not make a skilled nurse.