I was worried what it would be like to start my nursing career at a nursing home, after reading the unhappy posts other new nurses have written. However, after my first two weeks of orientation at "my" nursing home I am still SO happy I decided to take this job! :redpinkhe There are a ton of meds to give, that's a fact, but in the process I am getting to know some wonderful elderly people and I am working with staff with hearts of gold. I think one of the most important things we can do in LTC is just give a genuine smile to every resident we meet, and it is such a joy to get a smile in return. I know, I sound idealistic, don't I?
After 7 years of working toward my associate's degree a little at a time, I am in bliss to finally practice nursing! And by the way, HUGS to all you nurses who put up with orienting us new nurses.
It is SO important and you are appreciated more than you will ever know!