Earlier, I posted that I was going to an interview for LTC. Well, I had that interview today.
They asked a few questions that I hope I answered well. They asked "If Mr. Smith falls on his head, what would you do?" I said I would immediately go assess Mr. Smith. I would contact the doctor and fill out an incident report and any other paperwork required by their policy. They said "if this happened at 3am, would you still call the doctor?" I said that, yes, I would call the doctor and added that the doctor would probably want to know. Now, I don't know if this is the right answer, because my experience is not LTC. My experience is hospital, and you would definitely call the on call doctor when working at the hospital. Mr. Smith would also need to go to the ER probably to have a head CT and some other testing done, but I did not think to say that during the interview. So give me your own feedback about Mr. Smith, please.
They said that some nights, I would be the only RN in the building, and this is a 130 bed facility. But there are LPN's there, and I wouldn't be alone til orientation is over. Is that normal to be only RN? That sounds scary.
How do you give report at LTC since there are so many patients? Forgot to ask that question.
They said they would need me most in the transitional care unit. They said turnover is big there. Should I be concerned about that?
When I worked in the hospital, I got down to an unhealthy weight, because I did not have time to eat during my 12 hr shift. Would this be a problem in LTC as well?
I would love to hear your opinion about working at a hospital vs. working in LTC. Would like to hear your pros and cons. Thanks.