No Respect for LTC nurses? - page 3

I've been in LTC for 14 years. Does anyone else experience the total lack of respect for LTC nurses? Anytime someone finds out I'm an RN, the first question is always "Where do you work?" I always... Read More

  1. by   NorthernRose
    How about when your brother who is an RN in a cardiac intensive care unit says to you....oh you work the other end of the nursing spectrum from what i do. you'll never know what its like to call a code or do what i do. I swear to gods..mine said that to me. I'm an LPN in LTC. My reply to him was.. and you have how many patients? He said 2. I said..well I have 40! I have to be up on every aspect of care, not just cardiac. I love what i do, i enjoy my people i take care of. So he will never know what its like to have an "oldster" tell you about life years ago. As an LPN LTC you become a part of their daily lives. Its wonderful to walk into a room and hear...hey where have you been? I've missed seeing you. It's an honor to hold the handof the dying, to cry beside the family because this gentle soul is a part of who/what you do and are. Yes, I might not work ICU, but I AM important to the residents I care for. I dont need to know just cardiac, I need to know stroke, diabetis, rehab, alzhiemers, etc. I feel sorry for him in his arrogance that he doesnt do what i do. We learn from our past,and boy am i in a learning enviroment. You just need to take the time to ask questions and listen.
    Rose
  2. by   Nursebarebari
    Yes, nurses who work in a nursing home don't get the respect others get. When you apply for a job in a hospital in NY and you come from a nursing home, you are considered a fresh nurse. You do not get paid for experience differential regardless of how many years you work in a nursing home. I have that experience, and I do not like it.
  3. by   nightmare
    Quote from hajiagambo
    Yes, nurses who work in a nursing home don't get the respect others get. When you apply for a job in a hospital in NY and you come from a nursing home, you are considered a fresh nurse. You do not get paid for experience differential regardless of how many years you work in a nursing home. I have that experience, and I do not like it.
    Sounds just like here! I've been working in a nursing home for 16 years,if I tried to get back into the NHS system I would probably be told I don't have the experience.We try and keep up to date with new developments but you do tend to stick to your own specialty.
  4. by   kstec
    I remember during LPN school after we did our LTC rotation, I said I would never, never, never work in a nursing home after I graduate. I felt the elderly were treated terribly. Well I started out at a Family Practice Clinic after graduation and still work there prn, but I felt for some reason to try and work in LTC and see if I actually would like it. I thought maybe I could make a difference. And by the way, I do. Well I thoroughly enjoy it. Alot of these people are just left there to die and never smile. Guess what I bring a smile to their face at any cost. If I have to dance while giving there meds, or make a joke, or tell them how handsome they are, or how beautiful they are, I do. They are beautiful human beings who have so much life experience and love to share it with you. Even if they have dementia, if you listen closely to their stories you can tell alot about them and what they were like before their type of old age set in. The other night when I came in after being off for quite a while due to being prn, one of the residents hugged me and kissed my cheek, another gave me a old cookie from her drawer just because I care. Yes I know to some I am "JUST A LPN" who works LTC but to these old people, I make a difference and that is why I went into nursing. So for all who think that working LTC is the lowest of the low, you know exactly what you can do. Again, as I've said before, those that think LTC care nurses are the lowest of the low, they will change their minds when WE are there taking care of their grandma, grandpa, mother or father.

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