Moving this to the Geriatric Nurses/LTC forum.
I'm glad to see some positive comments about long-term and geriatric care. I've spent the lion's share of my career working with the elderly, and no matter where else I've worked, I've always come back to geriatrics. I love them---enjoy hearing their stories and their funny sayings, and learning from them. Maybe it's because I'm not too far away from joining their ranks, maybe it's just because I miss having parents, but I do love working with older people.
As for why we geriatric nurses are looked down on in some circles, I honestly don't know the answer to that, but I do know that it's 100% pure BS. I've used ALL of my nursing skills, plus countless others that nobody writes about in books, while working in nursing homes that are poorly staffed and stocked even worse. No, LTC doesn't have the drama or the 'cachet' of the more glamorous nursing jobs in trauma centers or big-city ICUs, but it's no less interesting, and it certainly requires a lot of creativity.