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  1. What is a Typical night shift like?
    I'm not sure that there is any one thing I could tell you to "review" to help... one of the biggest things you may need to get used to that we don't really work with much in LTC is lab values. You...
    Jan 19
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  2. What is a Typical night shift like?
    Good Morning! I currently work night shift at a LTACH and I also started my career in LTC/SNF. Very big change, but if you're a quick study, critical thinker, a doer, and enjoy somewhat of a fast...
    Jan 15
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  3. rapid response team
    You definitely should not regret your decision to call a rapid response. In this situation, you were acting as pt advocate and perhaps saved the pt from a respiratory arrest or at the very least some...
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  4. Question for LTC nurses
    Some things you become accustomed to, others you don't. Some people can't deal with smells, others shy away from seeing sputum/respiratory secretions... it all depends. And I disagree that...
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  5. New grads shouldn't work in ICU?
    To be fair, graduating with honors and taking extra clinical courses/certification courses also does not indicate anything about your ability to function clinically in any setting. My nursing class...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  6. What does a LTACH look for when hiring RNs?
    To be clear, my facility is free standing and private. We are not attached to a hospital. To be honest, I didn't even know such a thing existed. We have our own ICU in-house.
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  7. ADN Question
    I found my bearings quite quickly in LTC, but to be honest I'm a fast learner and love to work in a fast paced and/or hectic environment; people (nurses without LTC backgrounds, in particular) don't...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Florida Nursing
  8. ADN Question
    I don't think you'll have a problem finding work in LTC at all. They usually hire RN's for supervisory positions here, actually. I'm not sure what the culture is in AL, but here in FL LTC is heavily...
    Oct 7, '13
    Forum: Florida Nursing
  9. What does a LTACH look for when hiring RNs?
    To give you an idea, our local "big" hospitals pay in that spectrum, $23-24/hour. This facility starts at a little over $25/hour, depending on experience and whether or not you are hired exclusively...
    Oct 7, '13
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  10. What does a LTACH look for when hiring RNs?
    In my area it is quite the opposite. My LTACH pays 1-2 dollars more per hour than starting pay at our local hospitals, all of which are large, well-known systems. The night shift differential here is...
    Oct 7, '13
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  11. What does a LTACH look for when hiring RNs?
    Everyone's career path is different, and one person's success in moving from one area to another doesn't always indicate that this is the way it "usually goes." I worked in LTC/SNF for a year...
    Oct 4, '13
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  12. What does a LTACH look for when hiring RNs?
    STACH = Short Term Acute Care Hospital. What most people just refer to as a hospital, LOL but it differentiates it from a LTACH, for example.
    Oct 4, '13
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  13. Trauma Centers- East Coast
    Seems like you're more interested in the Northeast? Down here in Miami we have Jackson Memorial Trauma Center which is Nationally renowned for their Trauma Resus/Trauma ICU and Burn units. It is...
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  14. ADN Question
    I live in Miami which I wouldn't consider a "small city" by any means, especially since when people say "Miami" it usually also encompasses all the "smaller" satellite cities that surround it. We...
    Sep 12, '13
    Forum: Florida Nursing
  15. Shift differentials?
    Hmm, late response, but just in case you're still on the hunt for info: my current facility pays $5 differential for the night shift, and either $1.50 or $2.00 for the weekend. I live and work in...
    Sep 12, '13
    Forum: Florida Nursing
  16. LOW pay in South East FL.
    In response to PHAINT: Not to sound condescending, but are you sure everyone understood your co-worker's sister correctly? I graduated with my RN, ASN July 2012 and 4 or 5 of my classmates got...
    Sep 12, '13
    Forum: Florida Nursing
  17. Starting in a Nursing home vs. Starting in a Hospital
    I started my nursing career in a LTC/Nursing Home setting and I don't regret it at all. I learned a lot, and the year I spent there made me feel like a true nurse. It's hard to explain, that...
    Sep 9, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. MARs, TARs and charts
    I believe that this post belongs in LTC, not LTAC...
    Sep 1, '13
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  19. orienting:  have different "opinions" on holding insulin.  who do I listen to?
    Okay, 140 is not bottoming out. Bottoming out is having a resident with a finger stick of 27mg/dL. It has happened to me twice working LTC and it's not pretty. Different people are symptomatic at...
    Aug 30, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  20. New ADON feeling overwhelmed
    Unfortunately I have no tidbit of info to offer you, but I will say that we are a resourceful and fast-learning profession as a whole-- I'm sure you can handle it. You won't be perfect, but push...
    Aug 30, '13
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant
  21. Weekly Weights
    OP-- if you have to write people up, then so be it. Sometimes people need a kick in the *** in order to realize that things need to be done. I can understand why a nurse might put this off as an...
    Aug 30, '13
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant
  22. Weekly Weights
    I agree, my last facility had the restorative aides handle the weights. This seemed to work out just fine. Nurse manager and dietary did the evaluation on any weight changes, and I noticed that the...
    Aug 30, '13
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant
  23. Most commonly seen diagnoses at SNF/LTC?
    In terms of diagnoses, these patients are pretty much chronic but stable, so there isn't really much to review LOL you will learn as you go. Be sure you know the difference between insulins, and...
    Aug 26, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  24. Is it hard to get into med surg if you stay in LTC/SNF for yrs?
    I worked in LTC/SNF as a new grad for a year, then was readily hired at a small LTAC Hospital. Completely different settings. This is basically a step-down ICU with high ratios. I realize that LTC...
    Aug 23, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  25. Non-Scrub Uniform Option
    Can't you tell by the side seam, though?
    Aug 21, '13
    Forum: Men in Nursing


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