When I was in nursing school
, I wasn't exactly sure what field I wanted to get into... I did say that I was sure I didn't want to work in a "nursing home" (though most are now called health centers or rehabs). Joke was on me. As it turned out, that's where my heart was... and is. I love that nursing offers all of us the chance to try different things and discover where are best fit is.
I'll be honest, it is a tough, demanding job. Sometimes your residents are confused and strike out. Sometimes family members are disappointed in some aspect of care and express it LOUDLY. Sometimes your CNAs grumble about other CNAs who they feel are getting away with murder.
Truth is: Sometimes your resident's confusion scares them... they know "something" isn't right and they just can't express it... they need hugs and a cup of coffee... and a tissue. Sometimes family members are complaining because they feel guilty about not being able to care for their own loved one and having to break the promise they made to their mother/father long ago by admitting them to a facility. Sometimes your CNA just needs to know that their own good work IS noticed and appreciated and that you are counting on them to help the weaker CNA by setting a good example and pitching in when needed.
... and that was all just in today's shift :0)
I guess what I'm trying to say is that in a LTC field, there is not just the chance to practice nursing, but also to share love and express compassion on a daily basis.
Congratulations on graduating and passing your boards and best of luck to you!