Quote from txguardmom
My daughter started LVN school in August of this year--they have just started clinicals at the nursing homes twice a week and she hates it. She keeps telling me that this is not for her-she can't stand how the residents are treated as far as not cared for. I keep telling her it will get better that this is just part of the rotation but I don't think I am getting thru to her.
Does anyone out there know something positive to tell her. If she thinks she is unhappy right now will it get better.
Please help I don't know what to do.
First of all, your daughter is right: it IS sad. Some nursing homes are better than others, but unfortunately the staffing ratios are generally such that the residents do not get the quality of care we wish they had. I worked as a CNA for about 7 months before starting nursing school and I encountered the same problem and was even more frustrated because I was there, working in the facility, and still couldn't give better care to my residents because of the tremendous workload I was trying to accomplish.
That said, and being the Pollyanna that I am, I have always looked at my time in a nursing home as a tremendous opportunity for both me and the resident. Your daughter has an opportunity to SIGNIFICANTLY improve the level of care her particular resident receives, at least for the time she is there, and she should feel good about that. I would highly recommend that if she has the time either during or between patient care tasks, that she simply TALK to the residents. Most of them, even if they are somewhat confused, love the attention and the company, and she will be amazed at the multitude of information she learns from them. Ask them about their professions, their grandchildren, their childhood, their spouse...
I always felt like I was their key to the outside world, and I tried my best to "fill them in" on what was going on "on the outside." Tell them about the weather. If you learn they have been in the area a long time and a famous building burned down, tell them about it, and maybe they have stories of times they went to that building. Tell them a bit about what goes on in your world. Tell them about where you grew up, what your parents do, if you have siblings, what you're learning in school. I took care of a few retired nurses over the years and when I took pharmacology they would make a point of pulling me over when they got their pills and quizzing me on what they were taking.
The sad reality is that there is not much she personally can do to radically alter the conditions in the entire nursing home. The positive reality is that she can make such a positive influence on the residents in the facility while she is there, and hopefully they will have a positive influence on her as well, if she lets them.
As far as if her clinical experiences will get better, I'm uncertain where all LVNs go for clinicals, but I have found the hospital setting (depending on the unit) to be a bit better if for no other reason than the people tend to get better and GO HOME. I would just advise her to make the best of the situation and try to focus on the good she is able to do for that resident right then.