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Thanks but I know I am not going to stick it out that much longer. I feel like the place is so archaic and there is so much room for basic human error. I have never had a warning in my life so I will be so dissappointed when I get one, which I am sure I will get one. I also they management try to get people fired for stupid reasons. I understand that the residents are stable but ltc nursing is hard work. I love geriatrics but I don't love ltc. I live in the Boston area so the job market for new grad RNs is tough. I did work as a nursing assistant in a Magnet hospital while in school and they had a new grad program. I got an interview, which was intense, but unfortunately they wanted the BSN and I had my Associates. So here I am hundreds of job applications and no response. I went to this ltc facility, got hired on the spot, no questions asked, and they didn't ask for references.

So good luck to you and hope you find a job that you love and feel comfortable in!

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2,132 Visitors; 77 Posts

Thanks but I know I am not going to stick it out that much longer. I feel like the place is so archaic and there is so much room for basic human error. I have never had a warning in my life so I will be so dissappointed when I get one, which I am sure I will get one. I also they management try to get people fired for stupid reasons. I understand that the residents are stable but ltc nursing is hard work. I love geriatrics but I don't love ltc. I live in the Boston area so the job market for new grad RNs is tough. I did work as a nursing assistant in a Magnet hospital while in school and they had a new grad program. I got an interview, which was intense, but unfortunately they wanted the BSN and I had my Associates. So here I am hundreds of job applications and no response. I went to this ltc facility, got hired on the spot, no questions asked, and they didn't ask for references.

So good luck to you and hope you find a job that you love and feel comfortable in!

Likewise :)

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We are all in the same boat. i too resigned from my LTC job.

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I have also resigned from my new LTC job. Good luck to all of us

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b_m_prosepct has 20 years experience and specializes in Med-surg.

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Hang on there guys. I'm a new grad RN working in a LTC for 3 months. I have to care 30 residents on one shift, in the beginning it is terrible and the idea of going to work sometimes make me scared. But 3 months later I already start to feel comfortable. I think the trick for me is: stay in one facility and gradually know all the residents, what their meds are, their preferences, etc. Even for the subacute, these pts generally stay for at least a couple of months, so I got to know them after a while.

Good thing about LTC nursing job is that it is getting better and better as my nursing skills are improved, and job opportunities are plenty - though it is tough for new grads in recent years, still much better than lots of other fields. I love my nursing job more and more as time goes by, because my confidence level has gone up as my skills build up, I have learned a lot of new things, and money is not bad either, and I know it is just to get better as my experiences are build up.

Some of my learned new skills to survive are: keep a record of cruical things on the notebook, like an important lab schedule to make. Keep a special eye on the unstable pt /or pt that I do not know well. Know the family, especially the demanding family members, just to list a few.

So my advice is: hang in there, learn skills to survive, you will get there.

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DizzyLizzyNurse has 12 years experience and specializes in Peds Medical Floor.

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I'm a LTC nurse on a floor of 46. I've worked there since I was 19 so I decided to try out other jobs just for something new. I worked at a nursing home just like the ones you guys are describing. Yeah for 2 days. Then I quit. If people aren't helping you and you feel unsafe, leave. It's not worth it.

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I would have loved to hang in there. Nobody wants to resign during this recession, but when your gut tells you to RUN, then RUN.

My only regret is that I still have to finish out my notice, I can't get out fast enough.:eek:

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b_m_prosepct has 20 years experience and specializes in Med-surg.

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Zergasaurus:

Good luck, sometime you got to do what you guts tell you to do. Nobody knows your individual situation better than youself.

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