Okay, another request for career advice
. Please don't pass this up because I really want advice from LTC nurses.
I know I want to go into nursing and have been admitted to a program, have been a CNA for 11 years including LTC, homecare and hospital, adn know I love geriatrics best, but the working conditions! I loved my job when I could do it, when staffing was good, but when does that happen? You all have to put up with so much with so little support, and the pay doesn't seem great. I don't THINK I want to work in a hospital, and if LTC's are as universally bad as all of that, maybe I could look into another field. I just don't know.
So- my question is are there any good nursing homes? What would you suggest so someone starting out who wants to work geriatrics? Any advice is appreciated.
Mar 6, '05
Med Surg Pro's from an LVN POV:
1) Higher pay
5) Career advancement
6) Better Staffing
7) Better equipment
8) Code blue team
1) Old folks are easier to take care of than some whiny young patient who wants Roxanol every damn 5 minutes.
2) You're the boss
3) Quieter if you're used to the demented resident yelling the whole night (Just give 'em an Ativan).
4) Code blues are a rarity (mostly DNR)
5) No stupid beeping sounds
6) Family atmosphere
7) No surprises and consistency. I know my residents so well, I don't even have to look in the MAR or treatment binder to do my nursing care ( of course I check my MAR anyway along with new MD orders). I also know their habits and that helps save time.
Last edit by PHTLS on Mar 6, '05
Mar 6, '05
Preach it, Mermaid! You're telling the truth!
Seriously, I say to look into faith based communities and not for profits. Those are fine facilities in the area I live! And as far as that list of LTC vs hospital goes, all of those items are tangibles. I guess I'm in it for more intangibles... I love my residents..the kisses, the thanks, being family and friend to them...
Last edit by donmomofnine on Mar 6, '05