Should I work in LTC ?

  1. hi, I am currently working home health nursing as an LPN. THese last couple years, i feel my skills are becoming stagnant. I am not learning anything new. I would like to work in a nursing home , especially to learn more about meds and diabetes. I also enjoy working with the elderly.
    Should I go for it? or will the staffing shortages make me regret it?
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Do you enjoy home health? If so, I would stay put. Skills are overrated, and as long as I like my job, I couldn't care less if I learned another new skill ever again.

    If you think you're missing something, go ahead and take the plunge into the world of LTC. However, you do not necessarily need to work in LTC to learn more about medications, diabetes and disease processes.
  4. by   WldChrry
    You could always just take a couple of continuing education classes to brush up on your skills.
  5. by   gainschool4lpn
    The internet is a great teacher! I agree with the others, if you like what you are doing now- don't leave it!
  6. by   pat8585
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I am looking for greener pastures though.
    I need to learn new things or I will become stagnant.
  7. by   brown eyed girl
    Quote from pat8585
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I am looking for greener pastures though.
    I need to learn new things or I will become stagnant.
    I'm like you; I have to constantly be learning something new and have the ability to grow as a nurse. With that said, I'm in the process of trying to leave ltc because of the very reason you want to move into ltc. If, you work on a subacute/rehab unit, you will learn a lot; but, just run of the mill ltc, hands on skills, not so much. However, you will be forced to learn time management and organizational skills which are INVALUABLE AND TRANSFERRABLE and hopefully leadership skills. But on the flip side of things, I think I have to agree with The Commuter, if you like what your doing and the kind of care you provide regardless of skill, STAY WHERE YOU ARE! At the very least, stay PRN during your probationary period within the facility and see how you like it; by then the honeymoon of "working in a facility" will be over and you will be able to compare, contrast, and make a sound decision about where you want your career to go. Keep us posted and best wishes to you!
  8. by   pat8585
    Thanks everyone!
  9. by   LTCNS
    If I had the choice between Home Health and LTC I would pick Home Health but I have been a LPN for 17 years. I have been trying for several years to land a Home Health position but nobody leaves lol! I currently work as a wound nurse/hyperbaric tech. in a wound healing clinic. While I love the Mon-Fri. 8am-4:30pm, holidays off, not having to deal with the corporate machine in LTC and the tight knit, small group I work with, it's not what I *want* to do you know?
    I understand a lot of LPNs would give their right arm to work in a clinic and get out of LTC, but the grass is not always greener on the other side. Clinic work can be very stressful, esp. when you have a manager who thinks you should never make a mistake and calls you out on it in front of others.
  10. by   zieglarf
    Work LTC on PRN basis and stay with the Home Health. Then after some time you would have a frame of reference for what to do next.