Quote from Destiny'skid
I wanted to add that not all ltc facilities are equal. As a cna my first job was in a ltc environment and after the first few weeks i started wondering if I had what it took to be cna or nurse. My second job was in a hospital and by the end of it I had given up on the nursing field but now my third job in ltcgher again is night and day different from the first one. this facility has much higher standards and it shows every where from the residents to the staff.
I guess my point is, while ltc may never be "your thing"don't judge all ltc by what you've seen so far...
Well said. When I was interning at a LTC while I was going to school to become a CNA, I couldn't stand it there. The place was extremely dirty, smelled awful, the CNAs had no regard for patient privacy, and would literally strip a patient naked (usually ones that couldn't speak,) and bathe them out in the open. It was extremely saddening to see a facility that supposed to be taking care of these people care so little. After graduating, and reporting this, I started working at a much nicer LTC where things were done much more by the book, things were kept cleaner, and it was just a better enviornment.
To me it wasnt so much working in a LTC that I didnt like. It was geriatrics that I wasn't really fond of. I had no problem doing it though, and would do it again if the opportunity came my way. Talking to the pts, hearing their stories, and just making them feel comfortable was truly a gift in its own way. Kind of made me appreciate my own youth, and what I have right now. Because one day we may all be in a home like that, and hopefully we have good nurses taking care of us :P