Working in LTC - page 2
I graduated with my RN in may 2012 and received my license in June. I started a job in LTC/SNF in December. I work pool on the 11-7 shift and care for 60 patients a night. Med pass takes me from 4 am... Read More
Feb 28, '13It depends on the facility, but LTC is definitely a busy place. As you become more experienced and used to the residents routines and their behaviours, you will be more efficient. I work LTC, and I've noticed that my prioritization skills have greatly improved from year one- three. Just hang in there. However, some facilities are poorly run, and that is a different matter.
Feb 28, '13I think part of the reason new grads feel so overwhelmed by LTC is because nursing school focuses so heavily on hospitals and acute care. When years of nursing school prepare you for high acuity care of 4 or 5 patients, adjusting to having thirty-plus LTC residents is a shock.
Many new grads come into nursing homes ready to do head to toe assessments on all 30 residents. Not only is this not possible, it's not even necessary. We don't do full assessments on every resident every day. We do focused assessments as needed. Yes, some nights Mary-Lou in room 103 needs a nurse to assess her abdominal pain and nausea. And to call the doctor for some telephone orders. But, most nights, all she needs is some pills, a diaper change and a hot supper.
And there's nothing wrong with that.
I think too many good new nurses are scared away from LTC too soon. And that's a shame.