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by Courtneyrn9317 Courtneyrn9317 (Member)

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Can anyone relate to the stress of working in a LTC facility

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Tenebrae has 6 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse in Gerontology.

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yup.... Can you be more specific about what you find stressful

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Having a large number of patients to care for... some of which are very sick. its just hard to get vitals, blood sugars, medicate and assess a large number of patients. i feel like i am always running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Also working with difficult nurses... is this something thats common in LTC facilitys? ive never seen such mean nurses before!

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traumaRUs has 25 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Moved to LTC nursing forum

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CapeCodMermaid has 30+ years experience and works as a DNS.

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I've been in the business since the late '70's. I've been a DNS for the last 10 years. Stress is a way of life. Things aren't going to change and every year CMS comes up with more and more regulations that have us jumping through hoops without a clear benefit to any of the people we take care of.

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and works as a RN.

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Yes, very stressful, and I hope to never find myself working LTC again, unless

I'm doing the very occasional PRN or working a shift or two for an agency.

The residents are wonderful and I've loved most of the ones I've cared for.

Mean nurses, haven't seen many if any. The problem lies, as CCM pointed

out, in the never ending regulations that make the job harder, and harder, and

harder, and harder.

Plus, staffing is a problem in most places.

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Such is the nature of LTC. You haven't been experiencing anything that most of us hadn't already been dealing with. Only difference is that we seen the problems grow exponentially over the years to become the monster that it is today.

Everybody has to find one's own way to adapt. And it's just that staff may seem 'mean' because they're holding on for dear life themselves with little ability to hold on to you.

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Too many sick patients-never enough staff. Confused residents always trying to crawl out of their beds. Too many falls. Angry family members. Yes, I always felt like a chicken with my head cut off. And yes, I have always found the meanest nurses working at LTC facilities. I recently left LTC for good. I had a choice. I could quit my LTC job or have a "nervous breakdown". I quit my LTC job and am now doing part time private duty nursing. I made the right decision. I have also applied to start receiving early retirement social security benefits.

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Newgurl17 has 1 years experience and works as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Yes!! I currently work in a long term care facility where I feel that we are understaffed, which isn't fair. 24 residents is a lot for me right now, especially when there are a couple of residents who are quite difficult to administer meds, what makes it worse for me is working in the mornings.

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