I've been an LPN well over an year and I took a clinic job right out of graduation. I was there for a year and loved what I did. The only con to the job was that I felt I wasn't compensated for all the extra work I did on the job so I started looking into other nursing opportunities out there and got a job at a long term nursing facility, figuring I could learn new new nursing skills and have a more flexible schedule working 12 hour shifts. Well I've been at the long term care facility for a month now and honestly regret leaving my clinic job. I know there's a reason I looked beyond the clinic job I had but I don't know what to do now. I feel like the LTC facility I work at is shady at some points they only care about the business aspect of the medical business and not about the actual patient care. What should I do stick it out till I'm at least there for 6 months to see if it gets any better or start seeking other employment? I feel stupid for even feeling like this or not knowing what to do. I love nursing but sometimes I just feel like I'm not cut out at some stuff and working the LTC facility has me questioning even if I want to be a nurse at all anymore. Advice would be much appreciated.
I would continue to work at the LTC facility but start looking in other areas. I don't know what area you live in but you might check for positions at your local VA medical center or possibly in corrections. These two areas seem to pay the best for LPN's.
LTC is a very sad and scary industry, unfortunately. It has been my experience that it is about money, first and foremost.
Good nurses and savvy managers will make a significant difference in some of these places. A good way to find out if your facility is compliant is to look them up on the CMS website.
My facility is 4 stars and as horrible as I sometimes find it to be, I also know it's as good as it gets in my area. So I've decided to work for my licence and my patients/their families by advocating for them and doing the best I can when I am there. My best is never anywhere near good enough because I have 30pts, but it's the best I can do.