Well, I can only tell you my experience. I now work in a hospital,but my first nursing job was at a nursing home.
So here I am, a new grad:uhoh21:...going to interviews...this one particular nursing home stood out b/c they stated that I'm their 'new puppy and was gonna train me and take care of me', lol...i still couldn't believe I fell for that.
When I first started things were good.
.set me up with a few different people as preceptors..and they were good preceptors...the other staff (other nurses, CNAs) were very helpful as far as how each patients are (as far as their likes..how they want thier meds, when they want this and that,etc). Now this particular nsg home had 3 units w/ 40 pt. at each unit...20 on one side and 20 on the other. For the shift that I work, 3p-11p, they usually have 2 nurses per unit (one nurse for 20 pt)..and that's not so bad when you have like 3 CNAs per side.
I was supposed to have like a 1-2 week orientation, but, please, I was on my own after the first week and with 40pts!!
I was furious!! The usual thing that happens is that someone calls out and they may ask the 730-4p person to stay over 4hrs to help me or whomever (3-11p person) pass meds and after they leave, I still have to do 9p meds for 40pts! After meds, I still have to do treatments (such as drsg changes, trach care,etc)...and then charting!! I never took a break when I wanted to..sometimes didnt' have time too
. Now this is just my experience..not all places are like this (thank goodness!). The charting is really draining....lots and lots of charting! When I first started, i didn't get off till like 1am or so, b/c i was soo behind after having soo much to do. Now after about a month..I kinda picked up my own system of doing things, and began getting off earlier even before I was due off, lol.
All in all, working at the nursing home has it's plus...the patients (such sweethearts
saint:, lol) and it's good money
...but it's a lot of work...paperwork. Me being a new grad...at that time...I wanted more experience and surely I wasn't going to get it working there, so I left and I'm now working on a med/surg floor. I'm glad I did work for a nursing home first b/c it challenged me as far as prioritizing things and being able to handle more than one thing at a time. So I hope I didn't scare you too much, but wanted to be honest. Hope things work out in your favor.