Long-Term Care Nursing: A Specialty In Its Own Right

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Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Barbara, a nurse at a long-term care facility, says, "I've been working in this industry for 30 years." She adds, "I enjoy having the same residents day after day." The purpose of this article is to discuss long-term care nursing, which is a specialty in its own right. You are reading page 3 of Long-Term Care Nursing: A Specialty In Its Own Right. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

MedChica

Specializes in Psych, LTC/SNF, Rehab, Corrections.

I like LTC.

Just wish that there was some sort of Nursing Home Reform going on.

I understand that there's a need in the hospital b/c of acuity and whatnot.

But what about our geris? Can they get a slice of the nurse ratio sandwich?

Why not adequate staffing for our seniors?

It's like this society just throws them (and those suffering from mental illnesses) to the dogs.

People in LTC tend to get slammed. But they're doing their best with what they've got.

I'm hoping that things will change with the aging of the boomers. Surely, they'll make some weighty demands and then we'll see change.

I want to go into the hospital because I miss the environment, but also? It's kind of propelled by the notion (implanted in my head during nursing school) that I'm missing out if I don't. ...that I should try to get the hospital exp in order to further my options and, possibly, to further my career.

I'm too new to nursing to know better. I don't want to box myself in.

So...I do as I've been instructed.

I don't actually want to work MedSurg or ICU. I just want the crit care experience because it'll make me that much better. Or, at least, I hope it will. I wouldn't mind spendng my entire career in the LTC, though.

serenidad2004

Specializes in Dialysis. Has 10 years experience.

Critical care experience is a good thing... something drilled into all nurses from the get go. I worked 3yrs as an LPN in LTC prior to returning to school for my RN. As an LPN i was responsible for 43pts so when I did clinicals in PCU I was doing circles around my fellow students. I had no problem taking 5pts with a nurse. While my LTC pts werent as acute as those I took care of during clinicals, if I could manage 43 pts medical social emotional and family needs 5 acute pts was like a cake walk.

Dont underestimate the skills you develop in LTC, while you may not be the best at starting an IV you will have excellent assessment and time management skills.

LTC is indeed a specialty all its own.

adventure780, BSN, MSN, RN, APN

Specializes in Geriatrics/family medicine. Has 5 years experience.

Critical care experience is a good thing... something drilled into all nurses from the get go. I worked 3yrs as an LPN in LTC prior to returning to school for my RN. As an LPN i was responsible for 43pts so when I did clinicals in PCU I was doing circles around my fellow students. I had no problem taking 5pts with a nurse. While my LTC pts werent as acute as those I took care of during clinicals, if I could manage 43 pts medical social emotional and family needs 5 acute pts was like a cake walk.

Dont underestimate the skills you develop in LTC, while you may not be the best at starting an IV you will have excellent assessment and time management skills.

LTC is indeed a specialty all its own.

i agree I am in LTC and I sometimes get scared that if I ever went back to acute care I would be bad at starting ivs and stuff. However here I have learned to do trach care, adminster breathing treatments and manage my time better then I did with my short stint in acute care last year. I am new nurse (less than 2 years), so I know I have lots to learn still. Thanks for the great message.

Wish you all the best!

Thank you for posting this. I am in my 3rd semester of an Rn program and graduate In May. This semester I am on a med-surg floor and HATE it! I have been a CNA for 12 years including working AL, Geri-psych, rehab, home care and LTC. I can't wait to pass my boards and get back to rehab/LTC.

I am geriatric nurse in Bangladesh

I want to share my experience by Skype

My Skype karim_shuwaysrif

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Hi, I'm a newly licensed RN. I was wondering what nursing skills are most frequently used in a nursing home with a rehab floor? Most commonly prescribed drugs?