Hey guys I've been working in a LTC facility since October 2nd. I've been on my own hall for about 3 weeks now. I'm feeling really torn right now because all the staff at my facility keep telling me to get out now before I get stuck here. I originally wanted a hospital med/surg position, but I could not find a job because of no experience. I was extremely happy to have finally had a position regardless of where it was at least I was working. Lately I have felt like I am loosing my nursing skills like assessments, care plans, charting, etc. because all I do is push pills. I work 3-11 mon-fri. Sorry this is so long, just me venting. What are your opinions?
"Uhmm...yes you are passing lots of meds, aren't you learning the reasons for these meds? Aren't you assessing your residents while you are in their rooms? You have your own hall, you should be learning the ins and outs of all of your residents and their specific conditions by now. Aren't you seeing their labs? Calling the doc with issues and learning what is ordered? Taking care of foleys, gtubes, trachs, wounds, wound vacs? Our facility also does IV fluids and uses PICC lines, does yours? Are you learning when someone is going downhill and needs sent out to the hospital? All of this and more is teaching you critical thinking skills. Think about it. Aren't you doing care plans on your residents and charting? You are doing everything that a nurse in the hospital is doing, you are learning time management skills. You are learning prioritization, you are learning how to delegate to your CNAs. Look at all you are learning instead of thinking that you are missing out on something"
Amen and thanks for posting that!!!
Last edit by cienurse on Dec 10, '12
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