During nursing school
, it was a given.... get a job on a med/surge floor
. It will give you experience in all things
. However, after working in LTC/sub acute step down unit from acute care hospital, I question that advise.
In a subacute care unit, you will learn more assesment skills then in any unit
. In a hospital, you have the doctor, who will round on your pt. daily. In LTC/subacute step down unit,...your lucky to get the doctor to come once monthly.
As NurseKatie08 says. she has 7pts., 4 who are diabetic. Imagine, needing BS before meal/after meal and covering for CHO's
., along with... as SunnyAndrsn says.. brain shunts, liver and pancreas transplants, new traches and as TheCommuter says, 15 pts on days, 30 pts on nights, dealing with central lines, IV abx, CPM machines, feeding tubes, TPN, wound vacs, suture removal, colostomy/illeostomy care, bariatrics, hip ORIF, and just about any other thing you where introduced to in nursing school
Not only will your assessment skills be fine tuned
, your time management skills will be second to none
It amazes me
, the ignorance on this site
, of what LTC/subacute care really is. You all have to realize, geriatric care is where we are all heading (remember the baby boomers).