Working in LTC - page 2

by jl2013 2,790 Views | 14 Comments

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 until 6. I normally have no... Read More


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    I highly advise a State or Federal job. These are the only places that have pay and benefits and staffing that makes it worth it.
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    Quote from Mks123
    I highly advise a State or Federal job. These are the only places that have pay and benefits and staffing that makes it worth it.
    Seconded!
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    Yeah that's pretty typical. But luckily for me, I was an LVN and had an RN supervisor to help cover emergencies. The RN supervisor usually worked the other station because it had a rehab side also.
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    It 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.
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    I 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.
    Anne36, LPNBearColumbus, and LTCNS like this.


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