What should I exactly expect from Geriatric nursing? - page 2

by JonJP | 2,775 Views | 14 Comments

I apologize if this is in the wrong forum however I figured a question such as this could be answered here. I am going to school right now to get my RN and am finishing up my second semester of pre-reqs with Straight A's :D ... Read More


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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Here is my advice and I've been in long term care since dinosaurs roamed the earth:
    Don't listen to people or posters who tell you that all facilities are horrible. I've worked in run down places and beautiful upscale places and no matter what the place looked like, the staff were committed to give excellent care.
    I've been a nurses' aide to a DON and everything in between. There are excellent facilities out there with plenty of supplies and reasonable staff.
    You can make a difference in someone's life every day.
    Not all managers are money grubbing devils.
    If you want to work in LTC...listen to yourself.
    Hello and thanks for the advice!
    After looking into what the job is about, this really is what I want to do most. I love elderly people and I want to try and make a difference in as many of their lives as I can. I just wanted to know some of the challenges that some LTC nurses feel they face so I know what I'm getting into. I don't imagine every facility can be a horrid place to work at and with stories like yours I feel like it's the truth. I've also read a lot of happy and fulfilled stories from nurses who work in LTC so I'm looking forward to getting farther into it despite some of the challenges I may or may not face.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement as well. It is nice having people tell me listening to myself and my dreams is a good thing xD Especially people like you who have experience in what I'm going after. It makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing for sure ^^

    And wow a Don that would be interesting It sounds like you have quite the fun carrear I hope it continues to be interesting for you

    Again thank you so much!
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    What to expect?...excitement when you notice your residents trust you, or when they are discharged from hospice because they no longer qualify d/t thriving! Sadness when someone passes .... Gratitude when a family member calls to thank you for taking good care of their mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt or uncle. Overwhelmed. just to name a few... Go with your instincts... I knew going into nursing school that I wanted to work in long term care. Its a very rewarding place to work... Ofcourse you will feel frustration when you have cnas who are lazy and dont seem to care... But I dont think I would work anywhere else..
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    I have just accepted my first RN position in LTC/sub-acute, and I have to say your posts (all over AN) have been incredibly encouraging to me. I really want to believe that the place I'm headed into values the right things, but I have all those fears about safety, supplies, staff, families... You always have something positive to say, which is so wonderful.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Here is my advice and I've been in long term care since dinosaurs roamed the earth:
    Don't listen to people or posters who tell you that all facilities are horrible. I've worked in run down places and beautiful upscale places and no matter what the place looked like, the staff were committed to give excellent care.
    I've been a nurses' aide to a DON and everything in between. There are excellent facilities out there with plenty of supplies and reasonable staff.
    You can make a difference in someone's life every day.
    Not all managers are money grubbing devils.
    If you want to work in LTC...listen to yourself.
    I'm still learning how to use these forums... My comment was a reply to CapeCodMermaid
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    In case you didn't know, there are Geriatric nurses that don't work in LTC. I just started a job in a medicine floor for geriatric patients in a hospital. While I may eventually work in LTC or perhaps home health, right now I'm very excited to start in a medicine floor. I love the geriatric population. My eventual goal is to work in hospice care, but who knows where I will end up. Right now, I think I've got the best start I could hope for.


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