I work in LTC, and an average day goes like this:
I get to work, count in and take report and am starting my 8:00 med pass around 7am. I have approximately 26 residents to care for (on 2 halls with 2 CNA's to each hall) and always have time for getting to know each of them. By 9 am my med pass is completed, then I begin my charting which includes medicare, hot rack, behaviors, I&A's or other incidents, and nursing summaries. I have approx. 4 skin assessments on different residents each day, but we have a treatment nurse who does primary dressing changes. I go to lunch around 10:45 and get back at 11:15. Then it's time for accuchecks before lunch and starting the noon med pass. Around 1 pm I finish my documentation and complete my 24 hour progress notes for the next shift LPN. I also complete any treatments, such as updrafts, etc. as necessary, and handing out prn meds quite often. I clear my feeding pumps at 2:30 and the next nurse arrives at 2:45 for report. We count out, report, and I am off duty at 3:15. We are supposed to take a 15 minute break twice a day, but I rarely find time for it....and quite frequently miss my lunch breaks. I don't think the stress is as bad as working in the hospital - I've done both. I myself prefer LTC because I have a bond with my residents...I am the primary nurse on my halls, working 5 days out of 7 each week, and my residents look forward to me being there each day.
Some LTC facilities do not keep the same nurses and cna's on the same halls each day, they tend to rotate shifts on the halls....which I don't like. Staying in one place gives you the opportunity to get to know your residents, especially when it comes to doing skin audits and watching for pressure areas.
I never had grandparents while growing up, and so I see each of my special friends as the grandparents I never had....and treat them accordingly, as if they were my own. These people deserve the best love and care we can give them.