Is it okay that I hate LTC? - page 2

by fresitachulita

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Like, I loathe it...I find myself wanting to go hide every time I go to clinical For me, it's a combination of the depressing environment, the loss of dignity I witness everyday, being treated like a slave by some of the... Read More


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    Fields! Which does make nursing all the better! LTC really isn't for everyone. I work over at an assisted living and must say that loss of dignity you feel is what most of a residents feel as well :\ which is some cause for the way they behave. It is hard to deal with it all especially as some reach the ends but the care is really what matters to them in the end rewarding? Yeaaaahhhh buddy.
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    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...
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    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
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    Beautifully put. I can't stand LTC either
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    LTC is a very depressing atmosphere, and it's definitely not for everyone. I worked in LTC for five years a support worker. I'm now in RPN(I'm from Canada) and I still like LTC. As depressing as the environment is, I love it. Imagine living your entire life out just to shoved into a tiny room for the remainder of your life? More than anyone, people in LTC need great nursing staff who will give them a good quality of life. That said, it is great that if you recognize that it isn't for you, you shouldn't be ashamed of it. I personally am not a fan of hospital quite yet, although I'm sure it will grow on me, just as LTC did.
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    Don't really like it either. As long as you do a good job it shouldn't matter what you feel as long as it doesn't show. There's many aspects of nursing you're not going to like and you might not get your dream job. Don't let it affect the way you work.
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    I have not started school yet (I start in August) and I am already dreading LTC rotation. I did CNA work in high school years ago in LTC and hated it. I KNOW it will not be my cup of tea
    I think many people feel the same way.
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    I also had a hard time getting used to LTC facilities. I just found it to be very sad and a lot of the places that I went for my clinical were not very "suitable" for myself. But I think LTC facilities can teach us a lot. Being around these patients will help us sharpen our skills to become better nurses. I just think it takes a little time to get used to it. I'm almost done with my LPN degree and at first I didn't want to work at a LTC facility after graduating but now I think I wouldn't have a problem with it at all.
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    Quote from Streamline2010
    In western Pennsylvania, it would not be okay. What is your school telling you about employers and employment prospects? Here, we are bluntly told that LPNs will mostly work in LTC and nursing homes as team leaders. Hospital jobs are very rare now, and more hospitals are following the Magnet and Affordable HC mandates or is it recommendations that *all* nurses in hospitals will be registered nurses. And Magnet apparently requires all RNs to be BSRNs, to boot. Akron Children's Hospital recently eliminated all LPN positions.
    Yes. If your area only has LPN jobs in LTC, it is going to be a problem unless you are going straight into a bridge program.

    I also agree that you can't judge LTC as a whole until you've been to several facilities. When I worked LTC, even just in the same facility that changed administrators, the difference was astounding. I love LTC and can't wait to get back to it. You really get to know your patients, and you don't really get that same experience in clinicals.
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    It's ok not to like it...but try to keep an open mind.
    Just try to be a ray of sunshine and bring some joy to them. They are so precious and deserve the best care each of us can give while we have a chance to make a difference.
    Trust me....residents can sense you hate it.
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