Will I ever get out of LTC or am I doomed? - page 5

I am a newer grad. Graduated last summer. Only job that even gave me a chance is LTC/sub-acute rehab. I hate it. I want a hospital job, desperately. Even a clinic, anything but this kind of nursing.... Read More

  1. by   Vernie08
    Just because a nurse cannot tolerate ltc doesn't mean they have something against elderly people. I've worked ltc for 6 years and was very afraid of the dangerous ratio. Whoever assigns 30+ residents to one nurse is who i'll say doesn't care about the elderly.
  2. by   lumbarpain
    I was a LTC/Sub acute Charge Nurse for over 17 years.......in the beginning I was working in a heaven on earth nursing home in NJ...since time has passed the whole place changed since I left after we had DONs leave one after another constantly leaving the Nursing Home staff to constantly be in a state of ILL repair and mis direction. I got fed up...I got fed up not with my patients who were vunerable and sick but with the system of nonsense, chaos and complete miscommunication OR NO Communication amongst staff and Management......it became a conumdrum of disorganization at the patients expense......limited staff or numerous call ins...too many patients per nurse or aides....results in very dissatisfied and disgruntled workers ......I enjoyed working there immensely in the first year...then the DON left(who was there for many years)after she was gone the place caved and the CORPORATIONS started to move in and make the place their own with their renovations of turning a homey warm place into a cold white walled Home without personality or character .....it was horrible.
    The staff turned over but many stayed and complained and complained...it became a part of just working there.....My patients always got my care and the best of it.....they were vunerable and their safety compromised if procedures and tasks for them werent completed...and whos shoulders does it all fall onto....THE NURSE of course!!!!! So.......if you feel that strongly about not liking your career as I did over the years and not because you disliked your patients but the system itself....just think of this...its like that in nursing....its a mess now with Obamacare and everything going on.....and I dont see any type of hope on the horizon either with this coming into view. Do Homecare, even Hospice..or a medical office......its a very tough profession we work in and I am just about through with it all at my age.......but.....I always enjoyed learning and helping my patients feel better. This is what we are there for...not the complicated system that fouls up everything in my opinion......Nursing is a simple profession within itself.....providing basic care, spiritual care if needed, and just helping a patient get over an illness, crisis in their life, help with children, and taking care of the aged. Its become a whirlwind of complication in my eyes and it becomes harder and harder to do what we do best.....Provide the best care for our patients.