I recently attended a job fair at a local facility (SE Texas) that's called a "free standing LTAC". They're apparently a step down from the hospital and provide care for patients who need care that lasts anywhere from 20-60 days. The acuity level seems to be pretty high (post MI, CABG, CVA, Sepsis, Burns, MRSA/VRE, Chronic Pain, multi-system failure, vent dependent, etc). There's even an 8 bed ICU.
Anyhow, this is a new concept for me. I don't even know that there are facilities like this in California (where I started my nursing career). If there are, I've never heard of them. I used to work on the Skilled Rehab unit of a Long Term Care facility that had patients with similar acuity levels, but this place I attend the job fair at was really nothing like my former job.
This place has a 4-1 ratio in Med-Surg and Med Tele. And in the ICU it's 2-1.
Do you have LTAC's where you live? Has anyone worked at one before?
Just curious because this place offered me a position and I'm seriously considering taking it. It almost sounds too good to be true though... LOL