What is it with the nurses in LTC? - page 3

OMG! I don't understand why the nurses in LTC have soooo much attitude. Wait, let me back up. I am a student, and am currently in my geri rotation, which makes this the 2nd facility that I have... Read More

  1. by   lilypad2424
    very funny post, southern rn brat, I always appreciate a smart a$$. You sound like a very hard working nurse. They could use you at the facility I am talking about. And BTW, the nurses there don't have to pass meds.
  2. by   bshaw96
    Quote from lilypad2424
    Addendum: The hardest working person at the facility is Maria, she cleans poop off of the floor and toilets, and whatever other measly task that we are all above doing with a beautiful smile and attitude. She is my hero.
    You're generalizing again Do you have any idea how much poop and pee I clean off the floor in a given day? Don't even think about it, just wipe it up and keep going. I was a CNA while getting my nurses license, so there's nothing I think I'm "above" doingl. And I don't think students are annoying at all. We've all been students. You just can't expect to be a student, not having even worked a day as a nurse, much less years, and think you can decide what's going on in the minds of seasoned nurses. I promise you, the world of clinicals and nursing, when you have an idealistic view of how things are going to be, and the world of real, you're on your own nursing are 2 different things.

    Just be careful about saying how you will and won't react until you've actually been there. Honestly, your "strong opinions and judgements" are coming thru loud and clear on a message board. I can only imagine how you may be coming off to these nurses in person.

    I stress again. I wish you the best of luck in your clinicals and nursing career. I'd be interested to read your posts in about 5 or so years when you've gotten out of school and have been in the trenches awhile.

    This is not to say there are not a lot of bitties in LTC. There are everywhere. I've probably been one myself on a couple of bad days. But generally, when someone thinks EVERYONE has a problem BUT THEM, it's time to look internally.
  3. by   swatch007
    Quote from lilypad2424
    good post swatch007. 'preaciate ya.
    You're welcome.
    There are nothing to be ashamed of what you wrote here. We are all in the process of learning. We are all teachers and students to others one way or another in this university of life, and each experience is a lesson that will lead to wisdom when we are willing to spend pondering.

    Take good care of yourself and others.
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from lilypad2424
    Furthermore, the nurses there do paperwork and are completely uncaring towards the residents.
    That's a mighty big assumption. They may simply be too buried in what needs to be done for compliance with legal requirements to appear to care.

    Believe me, when the state shows up they care that the paperwork is done, not that Mrs. G didn't get a hug today.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Believe me, when the state shows up they care that the paperwork is done, not that Mrs. G didn't get a hug today.
    Well-written, and so very true.
  6. by   nightmare
    Quote from Suesquatch
    That's a mighty big assumption. They may simply be too buried in what needs to be done for compliance with legal requirements to appear to care.

    Believe me, when the state shows up they care that the paperwork is done, not that Mrs. G didn't get a hug today.
    It really annoys me when non registered staff think we are "just sitting in the office all night".Our care plans are,on average ,at least 2 inchs thick,they take anything from 2 to 3 hours to start from scratch and it is often the night staff who do this as "we have more time!" When we review them monthly,we each have at least 4,it can take at least an hour each plan.Writing "no change" is not allowed so you have to think of something to write which means no change without actually saying that!Yes we would all like to be out there giving one to one care but the reality is we spend so much time writing about the residents we sometimes can't be out there caring for them!
  7. by   pepperann35
    Quote from HisHands
    I think I'm pretty nice.:smilecoffeecup::biere::angel2::beercuphe
    Me too!!! :spin:
  8. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Quote from Suesquatch
    That's a mighty big assumption. They may simply be too buried in what needs to be done for compliance with legal requirements to appear to care.

    Believe me, when the state shows up they care that the paperwork is done, not that Mrs. G didn't get a hug today.
    Nevermind the state's not caring part...they'd probably cite you for giving someone a hug. My facility got cited once because one of the demented women walked up to a surveyor and hugged her. The surveyor cited us because we didn't have an "inappropriate sexual behavior" care plan. harumph! nothing inappropriate about a hug....but I digress.
  9. by   BebeRN2
    Quote from lilypad2424
    OMG! I don't understand why the nurses in LTC have soooo much attitude. Wait, let me back up. I am a student, and am currently in my geri rotation, which makes this the 2nd facility that I have been exposed to. Anyway, the nurses and staff that I have personally run accross are the meanest, most selfish, and downright rudest people I have ever had the pleasure of encountering. Have I just had 2 experiences in a row that correlate, or do LTCF's breed negativity?
    Sounds to me like the attitude adjustment needed is yours.
  10. by   wefdm21
    Wait until you experience RN'itis during your OB rotation. Then you'll love the LTC nurses. I work in LTC and I think the environment is so stressful that the energy just rubs off on everyone. However when I was in school the LTC nurses were some of the nicest encountered.
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    listen up op cause this is reality!!!!!


    Quote from bshaw96
    it's a prerequisite. they actually ask you on the application "are you rude, b1tchy, and unwilling to help?" you even get paid extra if you walk around with a perpetual scowl on your face!

    serioulsy, be careful about judging everyone based on 2 facilities. i would ask how you'd feel if you knew they were sitting around the nurses desk after you left asking why all nursing students were clueless and obnoxious?

    but i know they weren't b/c they were too busy taking care of 40 patients. do you know how many meds 40 patients take in an 8 hour period? they get at least 5 a piece, and i have some on 25 a piece. 2 med passes. you're talking at least 200 meds in 8 hours! then of course they have wounds, and the tx nurse (if you have one) had to take a cart so you're doing your own. then, mr. smith hits mr. jones with the fire extinguisher he pulled off the wall. scared poor ms. harris so bad she fell and broke her hip. all this about time the state surveyors walked in and wanted to know where your msds manuals were. you can't answer her just yet b/c your dementia patient just walked out the back door and alarms are going off. before you can get her back inside, ms. little's daughter is screaming at you because her mom has on blue slacks instead of black slacks. and you're only 3 hours into your 8 hour shift. (well, actually it'll be more like 10 hours, b/c you want be able to document on your 10 medicare patients, and 5 patients on abt until your relief gets there and takes your keys)

    i wish you luck on your geri clinicals. truly i do. just know the world doesn't stop when you walk in the door.
  12. by   txspadequeenRN
    this sounds just about right ....something i would expect from the state...

    Quote from capecodmermaid
    nevermind the state's not caring part...they'd probably cite you for giving someone a hug. my facility got cited once because one of the demented women walked up to a surveyor and hugged her. the surveyor cited us because we didn't have an "inappropriate sexual behavior" care plan. harumph! nothing inappropriate about a hug....but i digress.
  13. by   txspadequeenRN
    honey, you have a lot to learn and you should be prepared for a jolting reality check upon graduation....everywhere is understaffed not just ltc...your experience is very limited and maybe you should wait until you have been the nurse on the other side before you generalize about ltc nurses not caring...nursing school does not allow you to experience the full potential of the situation..wait until you get out and have all this responsibly yourself. i bet you will be singing a different tune...lol...


    Quote from lilypad2424
    thank you all for replying to my post! your feedback is much appreciated. for those that had a somewhat negative response, i apologize for striking a cord in you. my purpose for posting that thread was to find out why the conditions are such that, "in my experience" ltc facilities are so understaffed. i will tell you that the place i am doing my clinicals at now is atrocious! the patients are such sweet people, and i just feel soooo sorry for them! i really hope that this facility is the exception to the rule. furthermore, the nurses there do paperwork and are completely uncaring towards the residents. i understand that students can be annoying, i myself would get annoyed, it's more than that in this particular case. it's a deeper rooted, "i hate my job," sort of thing. okay, let the bashing begin, but first i want to say that i am a very good student and a very considerate person, i hope that i never get to a point in my career or in my life that i stop doing what's right because it isn't convenient for me. we are all in this together and should live our lives accordingly. peace and love.

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