I am in the process of taking my pre-requisites for nursing program(s) And I have been looking at the different specialty areas that I can work in as a nurse. What I would like to know is that I am in interested in Geriatric Nursing and would like to know what responsibilities will I have working as a Geriatric Nurse in a Long term care facility?
Aug 8, '12
Pretty broad question. =) especially if you are studying to be an RN, not an LPN. As an
RN in a LTC, you might be working on the floor passing medications, doing treatments,
charting, taking off doctors' orders... OR you could be hired directly into some sort of
supervisory or managerial role.. it all depends on the facility I guess.
Aug 8, '12
Depends on what area you work in.There is of course the area where people go to live out their lives and eventually pass away. There is rehab--an area of skilled nursing. Assisted Living and Specialty Care. Alzheimer units, geri-psych. As an RN you would likely be in a supervisory position. As an LPN--day to day nursing responsibility. You can do geriatrics without necessarily working in a LTC. Good Luck.
Aug 11, '12
As an RN at my LTC facility (Skilled Nursing) the nurse (be they RN OR LPN-- although managers are only RN's) are responsible for things like med passes, treatments (such as respiratory tx and some wound care), daily assessments on a select few patients, charting, & MAR review where required (add/remove MD rx). They also supervise their CNA's and have a feeding assignment at meal times to assist other staff in feeding residents that cannot feed themselves.
Again, this is at MY facility, I guess this may vary.
Aug 13, '12
I work afternoon shift. I get 25 patients to pass meds on, do breathing treatments, and wound/skin treatments. I also have people who need to be monitored because they're on a monitoring list for infection/fall/etc. I have 3 CNAs on my hall I supervise. We call dr's, patient's families, and do minor assessments on select people who are being watched. Keep in mind that there is real nursing, and there is nursing school
nursing. The transition is a gross reality of what you really have to do to possibley get your work done on time.
Aug 13, '12
Wishing you a warm welcome to nursing. I work as an RN in skilled nursing in a LTC facility. We have residents who live in the skilled nursing section and others who are in skilled nursing for rehab and will be returning to their homes. I work 3-11:30 shift. I have approximately 27 residents. I supervise 3 CNAs. We are a great team, and the CNAs are "my eyes and ears with the residents" as they spend a great deal of time with them. I do 2 med passes on my shift, give insulin, neb treatments, tube feeds, wound care. Additionally, I have other things that often occur on my shift. I have admissions, discharges, Incidents (falls etc), calls to families, doctors, pharmacy. I also take off Orders, and lots of charting and documentation. It is challenging and takes a while to get into a groove. But the love I get back from the residents helps make all the hard work meaningful. Good luck to you in your studies!!
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