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In Massachusetts, that is not true. We are called a skilled facility because we provide skilled care, but not all residents have what's considered a 'skill'.
You will learn all sorts of new things working on a short term floor. We've just started to put in our own PICC and MID lines something you'd NEVER do if you worked at a hospital. The business is changing and those facilities and nurses who can change with it are the ones who will thrive.
The business is indeed changing. I've been a nurse for 17 years now (jeesh) and 6 years a CNA before. LTC was what assisted living is now - but even that is changing with CNAs becoming med techs, etc..
The reason why things are changing has to do with the cost of care. Hospitals are more expensive than LTC/Skilled Nursing Facilities. Nurses in SNFs take care of more patients. More patients equals less cost in salaries, lower reimbursement costs for insurance companies. And the more services a SNF can provide the better it is for insurance companies.
It's definitely more interesting for nurses - lots to learn, but infinitely more frustrating and even scary at times given the acuity of the patients. SNFs that want to thrive in this environment have to be very supportive of their nurses with inservices on new procedures/equipment, appropriate staffing, and a teamwork environment. Otherwise, I foresee problems ahead.
Facilities that have both LTC and skilled rehab patients need to make sure their LTC staff are equally comfortable taking care of both - requires different skill sets. I can't tell you how often we would have a rehab patient admitted to our LTC floor because there were no beds - and the admission orders or care given were inappropriate or lacking. (I worked both and would find that no orders were in place for hip precautions, PICC lines, labs such as PT INRs not scheduled, on and on and on.)
Your staff should be IV certified.
And there needs to be recognition that tasks that now can be performed at the bedside take TIME - one of the reasons their are teams in place to do blood work and PICC lines is to free the RNs up in the hospital to take care of their patients.
Supervisors need to have a very hands on role to make sure their nurses can adequately and safely take care of the amount of patients they have and meet all the requirements of the business - charting etc - all key to successful reimbursement.
I'm not so sure the changes are good changes by the way. Interesting, challenging but these settings already have staffing challenges and concerns over the quality of patient care as it is. Turn over in staff may be huge and patient care could be very unsafe. Time will tell..,