Quote from artsmom
I work and talk. I don't often chat long. We get to know each other little bits at a time. They need us to talk to them- for a lot of them that is all they have.
I do talk to my residents, I always ask how their day is going, or when I walk into their room to do something I'll say something like "anything good on TV? If they are watching it. If they participated in some activity during the day, I'll ask about it. But your post sounded to me like you had tons of time to have full on conversations. I was like "where have you worked? I want to work there." But I think the rest of my post answered your question pretty well. Ratios ratios ratios... THAT is the problem. And we're still expected to provide as thorough care as a hospital nurse with 4-5 patients. God knows I love my residents, or else there would be no way I would ever do LTC. The little moments are what I look for and live for.