What is more scary to you? Being a LTC nurse or having a non-nursing job?

  1. Which would be worse for you?
    Having a nursing job in a LTC facility or not being a nurse at all?

    Because I fear that these are my only options. And they're both ugly.
    At the same time, I have to gain experience outside of the hospital I lost my first job at for a year, before I can go back. The public health, school and clinic jobs have not responded. One job, a pediatric home care job, called back but I wasn't able to reach them when I returned their call and am not sure that peds is a good option anyway. I fear being associated with a nursing home, as it is not a job to be proud of, and am worried there are jobs outside of nursing I would do better at. Sometimes I am terrified I may end up doing something besides nursing, in which case, life would be pointless.

    Anyway, which would be worse for you? Working at a nursing home or not being a nurse at all?
    Last edit by Brian S. on Oct 13, '17
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  3. by   xoemmylouox
    LTC is not for everyone. That being said not all LTC facilities are ran the same way. Some staff ok, some have clean facilities, some have management that will stand by you, and all have some wonderful residents. You shouldn't be this fearful of something you've never done before.
  4. by   LeChien
    Why don't you try private duty nursing? I think LTC is worse than a non nursing job personally. It's unnecessarily stressful.
  5. by   AspiringNurseMW
    Quote from purplegal
    Which would be worse for you?
    Having a nursing job in a LTC facility or not being a nurse at all?

    Because I fear that these are my only options. And they're both ugly.
    At the same time, I have to gain experience outside of the hospital I lost my first job at for a year, before I can go back. The public health, school and clinic jobs have not responded. One job, a pediatric home care job, called back but I wasn't able to reach them when I returned their call and am not sure that peds is a good option anyway. I fear being associated with a nursing home, as it is not a job to be proud of, and am worried there are jobs outside of nursing I would do better at. Sometimes I am terrified I may end up doing something besides nursing, in which case, life would be pointless.

    Anyway, which would be worse for you? Working at a nursing home or not being a nurse at all?
    The question you should be asking yourself is why do you think an LTC job is not something to be proud of?

    Working in LTC scares me, but not because I look down on it, but because it requires major multi tasking and time management skills, the higher nurse to patient ratio, the large amount of meds, and not having the luxury of having other departments at your fingertips for help, and often it comes with very little training.

    I look UP to nurses that work in LTC, because the very thought of working there as a new grad scares the bejesus out of me.

    And if you think getting from LTC to hospital is too hard, you should really work on highlighting all the skills listed above!
  6. by   Farawyn
    I would work LTC.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Just out of curiosity, how did you lose your job?
  8. by   kiszi
    If you are proactive and have a good attitude, you can learn a ton in LTC and use it as good experience. Make sure the best highlights get a spot on your resume. Such as:
    *establishes rapport with patients and family members
    *handles a large patient assignment and prioritizes care effectively
    *assesses residents efficiently and addresses abnormal findings in a timely manner

    I started my career in LTC as an LPN nine years ago. Later, after I had been an RN in home care for a few years, I couldn't get any hospitals to call me for an interview. A PRN job in LTC gave me the recent "facility" experience I needed to get noticed. So look elsewhere if you must, but don't be so quick to discount what may be valuable experience.

    Good luck in whatever you decide.
  9. by   nortonplusRN
    Get a non-nursing job. Your "ltc is not a job to be proud of" attitude will show and you will not last in that job.
  10. by   nortonplusRN
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Just out of curiosity, how did you lose your job?
    I am curious to know as well.
  11. by   CaringGerinurse525
    This is the girl that is currently keeping an eye out on who her replacements were at the job she was let go from after an unsuccessful orientation. Not trying to be rude but if this is your attitude about LTC then you should definitely do a non-nursing job. I work in LTC and love it! (I work at a good facility) I would not want you as a coworker. Honestly some of your posts are very concerning and I think maybe you should reach out to someone for help.
  12. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from purplegal
    Which would be worse for you?
    Having a nursing job in a LTC facility or not being a nurse at all?

    Because I fear that these are my only options. And they're both ugly.
    At the same time, I have to gain experience outside of the hospital I lost my first job at for a year, before I can go back. The public health, school and clinic jobs have not responded. One job, a pediatric home care job, called back but I wasn't able to reach them when I returned their call and am not sure that peds is a good option anyway. I fear being associated with a nursing home, as it is not a job to be proud of, and am worried there are jobs outside of nursing I would do better at. Sometimes I am terrified I may end up doing something besides nursing, in which case, life would be pointless.

    Anyway, which would be worse for you? Working at a nursing home or not being a nurse at all?
    Please tell me I read that incorrectly.

    And please DO NOT EVER apply to where I work or may have family or , actually ANYWHERE in nursing. I think you would be better off filing papers somewhere.

    That is one of the most egregious statements I have seen on the board, and trust me there have plenty.

    Every area of nursing is needed and NONE are below any of us. Shame on you.
  13. by   nortonplusRN
    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    Please tell me I read that incorrectly.

    And please DO NOT EVER apply to where I work or may have family or , actually ANYWHERE in nursing. I think you would be better off filing papers somewhere.

    That is one of the most egregious statements I have seen on the board, and trust me there have plenty.

    Every area of nursing is needed and NONE are below any of us. Shame on you.
    And guess where she would end up? LTC...

    I hope you don't live in New Jersey OP.
  14. by   Newbie_RN17
    Non-nursing. It takes a SPECIAL person to work ltc. I would never look down on any nurse doing any job because they are all hard in their own way. Shame on you for acting holier than thou when you obviously have no idea what you are talking about.

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