LTC job and schoolwork

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    I'm having a bit of a dilemma. I currently work 3rd shift full time as a private duty RN. I was just offered a job at a nursing home on what they equate to a med-surg floor. I'm a relatively new RN (been working for 6 months) so at first I was excited about the opportunity to increase my nursing skills... but now I'm concerned about how much (if any) time I'll have to do homework/study. As you can imagine I have plenty of free time working overnight in my current position and have more than enough time to get work done. I always hear LTC is extremely busy and hectic, even during 3rd shift. I know the nurse to patient ratio at this facility is 1:25 (give or take)... which is horrifying to me... but again, I realize that is the norm.

    Is it ridiculous to think I'll get any study time at this new job? I'm going to school full time to get my BSN and I should be done in December.

    Also... my ultimate goal is to land a job in the ICU, so any advice regarding the pros/cons of working in LTC vs. private duty would be great as well.

    Thanks for your help!

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    You're not being paid to study. You're being paid to work. Study on your own time. You shouodn't expect down time...especially as a new nurse in a new job
    ktwlpn, sallyrnrrt, workingmama77, and 1 other like this.
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    I definitely don't expect it, I was just wondering how it compares since I need to keep school in mind with regards to my decision. I wont have much time at all of my own to study with this new job so I'm just weighing my options.
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    Then to answer your original question, yes it's ridiculous to think you'll get any study time at the new job.
    ktwlpn and sallyrnrrt like this.
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    Exactly CCM! I wish I only worked an 8 hr day so I could have time to study something outside of work. I do 12s, but usually ends up 4-5 days/wk, not 3!.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    I work nights and have 46 residents, 15 of those being skilled at the moment. If the night is quiet, and half the hall doesn't want a PRN, and no one falls or exacerbates, and the planets line up just so, I might have some down time. It's rare. Very rare. Even on a "good" night I stay pretty busy just doing what needs to be done on my shift. Add (insert event here) to the mix and I need roller skates to finish on time. In other words, I wouldn't expect any down time in a LTC regardless of shift.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    That's really helpful, thank you! That's what I figured, more or less.
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    I learned from experience that there is no time to study on night shift in a LTC facility but there might be on a night shift home health case.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    I don't work third, but in my facility if you were studying on the clock, that would definitely get you walked out the door. Whether you can find the time or not, it wouldn't be tolerated. Don't want to sound like a jerk, just a thought that even if you "have" time, it might not be wise to use it. Do you really not have any time to study other than when you're at work? The experience might be good for you, more action as a new nurse than your current position. Doesn't sound you're getting a whole lot of nursing care experience, so depending on what your goals are, a more active job might be good.
    sallyrnrrt likes this.
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    Working in a SNF will be all the 'homework' you'll be able to manage while working in a SNF. It sounds as though your idea of a night in LTC might be sleepy, quiet, and uneventful- if so, you're probably in for quite a suprise...

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