Will I ever get out of LTC or am I doomed? - page 5
by JZ_RN, RN | 11,656 Views | 53 Comments
I am a newer grad. Graduated last summer. Only job that even gave me a chance is LTC/sub-acute rehab. I hate it. I want a hospital job, desperately. Even a clinic, anything but this kind of nursing. All I do is pass meds, do... Read More
- 2Jun 10, '12 by dtroia22Quote from laderalisI am so glad someone thinks like I do! I graduated a year ago and wanted to work in the hospital, or so I thought. Got a job at a LTC center to "get some experience first" and have not, and do not intend on leaving! I love my residents and their families! They have become sort of an extended family! My kids love to go visit my residents on my days off and as much as I like days off, I miss my residents when I'm not there! Not all people are cut out for LTC. Of course there are the difficult residents (i still strongly believe its all in how you approach them, talk to them, and your attitude) and the annoying family members (who can be your greatest advocates if you keep them informed), but overall, I can't picture myself anywhere other than LTC! My mom tells me all the time this is what I was meant to do because since I was very young I have always loved the elderly. If LTC is not for you, please, for you, and most importantly, the residents, find something else! Your residents can sense your attitude, stress, and frustration, even when you think you hide it well, and this greatly affects their moods, behaviors, and mental well-being! Not all LTCs are like the nightmares and horror stories you hear about!Not all LTC centers are equal. I love my job. I love my residents. Yes it is stressful at times. Yes families drive me crazy sometimes. Yes med pass gets mundane at times. Yes the paperwork sucks. But those same problems exist in a hospital setting. Instead of passing the same meds to a greater number of people, you will possibly see the same type of patient over and over again. Instead of state inspectors breathing down our necks, it will be the Joint Commission.
I believe attitude is everything. I love that I can see the sunshine out the window at work, and open the window for some fresh air. I love that I can take residents outside and enjoy the sunshine (weather permitting, I DO live in northern MI. lol) I like seeing some of the same people all the time. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind if some of my patients moved to a different part of the building! I love that its more of a home environment and not so sterile.
I live for, and cherish, the shifts were I get everything done on time, can help my CNA's out, document everything that I should and have a chance to spend more time with my residents; more than just "here are your dinnertime meds." Mostly the good shifts outweigh the bad shifts. I think we tend to remember the bad ones.
Maybe LTC really is not for you, and that's fine. I just hate that it gets such a bad rap constantly and hospitals are made out to look like heaven. The grass may not always be greener.
- 0Jun 11, '12 by hotflashionThe OP would rather work in a hospital; or she thinks she would. As a new grad, I too, thought I would rather work in a hospital. I was certainly educated to think of hospital nursing as the goal. The unfortunate part of this story, from my perspective, is that the OP may never find out that LTC nursing can be rewarding because she's having such a bad first experience.
It may not be possible for the OP to find another job. Nursing jobs for new grads are very scarce in the 50 mile radius I call home and from which I will not be moving. Appalling working conditions seem to be the norm for nursing. I hope the OP learns from her experience such that she makes improving working conditions a lifetime career goal.
Do your best, treat the new nurses you work with the way you wished to have been treated, and never become complacent about actual working conditions.
- 0Jun 16, '12 by litbitblackRather than feel like you are doomed look for oppurtunities to obtain the experience you are looking for in an acute care facility. Nursing is nursing and you WILL find those same type of patients where ever you go. Maybe try applying for some type of prn job at your local hospital. See if they have an internship you could participate in. You certainly do not need to stay where you are not happy.
- 0Jun 17, '12 by JZ_RNlilbitblack- I appreciate the honest and non-rude response. I actually have just resigned from my LTC job since I got a clinic position. I could not take the unsafe staff-patient and nurse-patient ratios, lack of supplies, unhelpful and abusive management, rude MDs who couldn't care less, senseless rules, and felt that safe patient care was more important. I am so excited to leave a care area where patients are not being given the care that they could be receiving because of budgets and lack of staff and supplies. We were overworked and treated with disrespect and no one deserves that. I hope that place improves for the safety of the patients and the sanity of the nurses who are stuck there still. But I was not going to risk my health, well-being, mental state, license, and livelihood to continue working there.
- 0Jun 18, '12 by MySonIsAdorableI hear this a lot from my friends who work in LTC, I personally feel like if that's where I end up while I continue my education then I will take it and smile...because regardless of where you go outside of pediatrics you will be dealing with geri patients... I hate to say it but I agree I wouldn't want a nurse thinking about my Grandmother like that.
Maybe you just have too much to handle, sounds like you are overwhelmed and need to find a job where you will have less patients, have you tried looking at smaller nursing homes in your area? If you really want to be in a hospital then keep trying, keep learning, know what you are talking about. A mentor told me a few days ago actually that "if you end up in a nursing home then keep up to date with whats going on in the hospitals" continue to learn outside of what is going on with your patients you see everyday...Good luck.
- 0Jun 19, '12 by JZ_RNThese people become upset when their elderly parent or grandparent declines as is what happens with age. They hardly visit. Some of the people with the worst behaviors are because they don't want to be there. They could live at home if they had a caregiver but their families dumped them there. They don't get the meds they need cause their families won't pay for them. They're upset. I don't have anything against the residents. I just had too many to deal with and not enough help. Which is why I left LTC and got a different job.
- 0Oct 31, '13 by Vernie08I understand your frustration 100%. I see in your newer posts that you found a new area of nursing. Big congratulations!!! I just want to say there is nothing wrong with being frustrated with risking your license by cotinuing to work in unsafe conditions. My facilty is worst and to top it off, they are so puzzled about why the new staff won't stay. It is just, just,.....omg i have no words to describe it. They don't even make it through their "2" days of orientation. Yes, 2!! And another thing, it drives me absolutely crazy when everyone wants to accuse you of "hating the elderly" when you just can't take working in these conditions. I work in a nursing home and a lot of my pts are not elderly. I just can't take much more of unanswered dr calls, no supplies, 36 pts to one nurse, no meds and my list can go on and on. But anyways, congratulations again. I'm sure i'll be accused of disrespecting the elderly now with this comment lol. Good luck