LTC and loving it - page 5
Why does there seem to be such a stigma against LTC nurses? It almost feels like that is the bottom of the barrell. Even I thought (while working in LTC) that I needed to move up and out- twice- and... Read More
Sep 29, '12 by SleeepyRNOk, well... how do I put it. Ill just say it. How in the world do you have time to chit chat with your residents (I would LOVE to do this more but there is NO time with 30+ more residents to care for: trachs, g-tubes, charting, charting, charting) I have 1 CNA, no LPN. It takes 3 hours to pass the 9am meds, then there are the 11am, 12pm, 13:00 and 14:00 meds. Those arent TOO bad because only half my residents need meds at that time but I still have to do my assessments and skilled care. The charting for Medicare residents is a killer because they require in depth assessments yet NO time. It sucks. Period. Love the residents, hate the management and their impossible demands and constant threats.
Sep 29, '12 by artsmomI 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.
Sep 30, '12 by SleeepyRNQuote from artsmomI 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.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.