So I've been off orientation for about a week. The other night, I experienced seeing someone dead for the first time. She wasn't my resident, but I wanted to go in and look just so I could get use to this kind of thing. She was a DNR. For about a day after that, I thought maybe LTC wasn't for me. I couldn't get her face out of my head. But I'm feeling better about it now. I don't really have any questions about this experience...I just kind of wanted to talk about it/get support.
Even though I just got off orientation, sometimes I'm technically the nightshift supervisor since I'm the only RN in the building. I have to run the midnight census, start an antibiotic for a resident on the other unit that has a port, and some other little stuff. And then I'm assigned about 20 residents of my own. My question is, what is the normal case load for the nightshift supervisor. If something comes up, it would be hard to do this and care for 20 residents too.
The thing I like about LTC is that it seems there are a lot of opportunities for promotion-unit manager, restorative, clinical reimbursement coordinator, etc. How soon is too soon to apply for these positions?