The skills that you use in LTC are very different from what you see in the acute hospital. You have very few IVs, very few respiratory treatments for example. It is just as it is called, long term care. If you had the skills in the first place, not using them for three years would take away from them being current.
That being said, the training programs right now are not up to the caliber that they were, ten years ago when Rep attended nursing school
, or the five year programs that my contemporaries went thru there. I am seeing many that are coming over as second courses that lack even the basic training that we had in nursing 101.
Then the nursing homes are known for not providing good orientation in the first place, true there is the exception, but it is not the norm in that industry. So, if you add two and two together, it is a nightmare in the making. Take one nurse with minimal clinical skills, add in minimal orientation and it is a recipe for disaster.
Also depends on the area, and the patient population in the facility. But if someone would ask me, my blanket answer would be not to go that route. Rep knew what would work for him and researched it quite a bit, and had been out of school for ten years so did not even have much of a choice. But for those that have graduated recently, no way would I recommend that route.
Hope that I covered it well for you.:spin: