Umm...again, how many weeks of orientation? - page 2

I had the opportunity to take a critical care RN position at a LTAC (long term acute care) hospital. The nurse manager gave me pause when she told me that I would get 2 weeks of orientation. Hunh?... Read More

  1. by   SquishyRN
    Quote from Esme12
    Because people have NO CLUE what LTACH's are and that includes hospitals who actually sent the patient there the OP will have to do some explaining what a LTACH is and what experience they got there...but experience the will get.
    This is very true. I'm an LVN in an RN program currently working in an LTACH and have even had to explain to my clinical instructor several times that it is an acute setting. As Esme mentioned, we have an ICU, in house MD 24/7, and have some surgeries performed in house as well. I cannot seem to get it through to her that no, the patients we get aren't more stable than the ones we have at my clinical site. In fact, they're less stable because they couldn't get well enough to be transferred to a lower level of care while at the hospital... like our clinical hospital, which is one of the feeder hospitals for my LTACH.

    The floor nurses at my clinical site, however, know the patient population we get at the LTACH and automatically gave me props when I tell them I work there
  2. by   boogalina
    LTAC = stepdown on steroids. This was how some of my nurses described it to an agency nurse who was rather frustrated by the poor description of his assignment by his agency. He could hang, just wasn't prepared for having 2 trach vent patients with 3 other relatively high acuity folks.

    LTAC is hard, but if you can survive working in one, you can work anywhere!

    My CNA2 clinicals more than adequately prepared me for working in an ICU!
  3. by   xoemmylouox
    I worked an LTAC before. They are tough! Mine was VERY poorly ran, and I ended up quitting when they started asking staff to completely redo documentation and lie. You will gain a ton of experience as those patients are super complex. My most challenging were the very obese (500#) post flesh eating bacteria patient, and the guy who survived his aortic aneurysm burst.
  4. by   Lizkostel
    In my LTAH they gave us 6 weeks orientations