I have a few questions that I've been thinking about lately and I need some expert opinions. I will graduate nursing school in 2006, and as of now I really feel a strong pull to work with geriatrics as an RN in LTC centers, particularly with Alzheimers patients, as I've done a little bit of work with that population so far and I love the challenge and rewards of it. My question is, as an RN that works in LTC centers, how much time do you actually get to spend with your patients on an individual basis working with them? Whenever I go into LTC centers, it seems like the RN is usually behind the nursing station filling out paperwork, the LPN is passing meds, and the CNA's are the ones that really get to provide the hands on care and work with the patient. I mean, I know that is what CNA's mainly do, but I don't want to be stuck behind a computer all day as an RN! I want to help people hands on! Would I be better off in a home health type enviroment, or am I just totally off base and reading it all wrong? Can anyone just describe a day in the life of an LTC center nurse for me? I know I may be jumping the gun a little :imbar but it's never wrong to be well informed, right?
Thanks everyone! Louisepug