Quote from amoLucia
Go for it - heaven knows we need nurses in LTC who REALLY WANT to be here.
I have over 20 years experience in LTC as a CNA and LPN, and up until about three years ago I thought I would never do anything else. I love to serve others and feel I have made a difference, but LTC has changed so much. I used to actually look forward to going to work, but when it became apparent that the "suits" just flat out don't care about anything but the bottom line, I was done. What happened to putting the patient first? To maintaining positive staff morale and doing whatever it takes to retain good staff?
Nurse to patient ratio in LTC's operating skilled units with 30 or more very sick patients for one nurse is dangerous and unfair to the patient and the nurse. The nurse gets reprimanded for getting five minutes of overtime, yet nothing is done to solve the problem of unrealistic expectations, staff turnover and call offs.
Bottom line is, there are nurses, like me, who really want or wanted to be there, who are very good at their jobs, but circumstances send them running for the hills. What you end up with are warm bodies who really don't care one way or the other because all the good CNAs and nurses have left.
If more LTCs were run the way CapeCodMermaid's home is run they would attract and retain good staff. I'm sure they're out there. I just don't see them anywhere around me.