Successful Transition from LTC to Hospital

  1. 1 I'm a new grad RN with a 3-month-old baby with eczema and a 5-year-old, so moving is not an option for me, since I have a good support system here. It's hard to get a hospital job in my area, so I'm thinking LTC is an option. In the long run, I want to be wound care certified and to work in a hospital. However, it is said that it's really hard to find a hospital job later if one starts out in LTC. Please share your success story of landing a hospital job after working in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Thanks and have a nice day!
  2. Visit  Morningdew2112 profile page

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    Joined Jan '13; Posts: 30; Likes: 4.

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  3. Visit  serenitylove14 profile page
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    First, Its hard to find a hospital job period, but the LTC experience will be considered the 6 months nursing experience everyone is looking for!
    Second, I have a 4 month old baby with Eczema! What do you use on your babies skin? I just discovered the Equate version of Aveeno Body Wash and Lotion and the Target brand up and up version of aquaphor, plus some 1%hydrocortisone cream! I always like to know what other parents use that works!
  4. Visit  buytheshoes11 profile page
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    Despite what many people think, LTC experience is still work experience! For one, I got a lot more experience with wounds and wound care from working in LTC than I probably will get in acute care. Working in LTC before going into acute care really helped me with time management.

    I started off as a new grad in a SNF and worked there for about eight months before landing my current med-surg job. After six months in the SNF I began applying for hospital jobs.

    The transition can be made! I am proof. Just don't give up - keep trying and then try some more! I didn't have to move cities either. Best of luck to you!
    slauren, dnurse2b, bbyRN, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  db2xs profile page
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    A nurse friend of mine told me he started off working at an LTC for eight or ten months and then moved on to a med/surg unit. It can be done! Don't give up!
  6. Visit  eturner7 profile page
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    In our area most places want you to have one year of experience. My husband worked at a LTC for 8 months. He was able to transfer to a LTAC hospital with just the 8 months experience.
  7. Visit  Alisonisayoshi profile page
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    Sorry to post jack but ezcema: there is a product called Renew, it's made by melaleuca (sort of like amway type company but hey, what works works RIGHT?). It's a lotion. It helped clear up SORES that my son was getting because his was soooo severe. I also used hydrocortisone 1% and Avenno oatmeal baths. He is symptom free with daily renew (2x a day every day) for over a year.
  8. Visit  kesRN profile page
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    Quote from buytheshoes11
    Despite what many people think, LTC experience is still work experience! For one, I got a lot more experience with wounds and wound care from working in LTC than I probably will get in acute care. Working in LTC before going into acute care really helped me with time management.

    I started off as a new grad in a SNF and worked there for about eight months before landing my current med-surg job. After six months in the SNF I began applying for hospital jobs.

    The transition can be made! I am proof. Just don't give up - keep trying and then try some more! I didn't have to move cities either. Best of luck to you!
    You just made me feel so much better! I am in Massachusetts working in a LTC facility and just hit my 6 month mark. Just started sending out my applications because the work environment is horrific! The one thing I will say is my time management skills have hugely improved while caring for up to 40 patients on my own! Best of luck and hopefully ill be on a med/surg floor soon too!
  9. Visit  Lo2128 profile page
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    Isnt 40 patients completely ridiculous?!?! I'm from FL, first nsg job in FL, had no more than 30 patients, and I had the heaviest floors, most ppl had only 22 patients, the smallest floor had 14!! I get to NYC, I'm like 40! *** am I gonna do with 40 patients not to mention that 15 have g-tubes! LOL In FL one person in the whole building had one. So insane! I was the wound care nurse for two floors and then did meds when they needed me to. LTC is where to start, I feel bad saying this. But this is where you practice and gain your confidence before you go to the hospital and deal with alert patients that ask a lot of questions. You will find a hospital job. Just remember if you ever go to ICU you are responsible for the whole patient, cleaning them, medicating them, etc. ICU you might only have 2 patients but its some hard hard work. GOOD LUCK! where theres a will theres a way. you will get that job eventually
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  10. Visit  LoveMyBugs profile page
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    I am slowly making the jump to acute care. I work in a vent/SNF/LTC for 7 months before I got hired to work in a pediatric LTC, I have been here 1.5 years and I just got hired to work on call in of the only 3 pediatric hospitals in my state! So now I have a solid foot in the door waiting for an FTE position to open up. It can be done! Although I was starting to think it would never happen!
  11. Visit  sbostonRN profile page
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    You may have to make a few stops along the way but it is possible to make the jump from LTC to acute care. I started on a skilled floor of a LTC/SNF and worked there for a year. Gained many MANY skills there that helped me to land a job in a long-term acute care hospital. Again, I'm learning even more skills than I learned in the SNF. When I took this job I viewed it as a stepping stone to an acute care hospital. I'm hoping to move to an acute care hospital in the next few months. It's definitely hard because I don't have my BSN, but with persistence and good references, it's possible.
  12. Visit  CaptScrubs13 profile page
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    After 8 months at a sub acute rehab /SNF, I was hired into an LTACH where we have vents, new trachs, dialysis, blood transfusions, heparin drips, Etc. There is hope!
    bbyRN and BerryHappy like this.
  13. Visit  JQ_RN profile page
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    I also have been roaming this site in order to find out if its possible to transition from a SNF to acute care. I have been working at a SNF/Rehab facility for 3 months. I landed an interview at a hospital for a telemetry position after I had updated my rsum to include my most recent RN experience. To make the long story short, I got offered the position the morning after the interview The best advice I can give is to never give up and keep applying, update your rsum and have faith.
  14. Visit  sbostonRN profile page
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    I wanted to update this thread with news of my new job! I graduated with my ASN in 2011, and worked on a skilled rehab floor for one year before transitioning to a LTACH (long term acute care hospital). There, I learned so much! Trachs, advanced wound care, dialysis (peritoneal and hemodialysis), tons of meds via every possible route, etc etc. I also learned how to see the big picture, how to manage patient and family demands, learned to have confidence with doctors and communicate and collaborate with the healthcare team. I've been there for a year and three months.

    And yesterday I was offered a position at one of the most well-respected hospitals in my area!! I'll be working on a med-surg unit that specializes in respiratory and cardiac patients, some are on telemetry and some have trachs, but my experience at the LTACH is a great fit for them.

    Don't ever give up and don't be afraid to take a position in a well-run LTACH or SNF! You will learn great time management and innumerable skills. If I had held out for that perfect position as a new grad, I would still be waiting, but I went out and got 2+ years of experience that I'm now able to bring to the table in my new position. And you might even find out that you love being a rehab nurse and that's awesome too!

    Best of luck!
    slauren, bbyRN, and KaLynRN like this.


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