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Vernie08

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    Let's Ban the Phrase "I'll Go Get Your Nurse"

    At my hospital, CM means clinical manager
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    Why do RN's avoid LTC positions?

    Omg!!! It has NOTHING!!!! to do with the elderly. I have elderly patients everyday in the hospital. In fact, when I last left the nursing home there were lots of patients in their 30s and 40s. It's not just a nursing home for the elderly, it's a skilled nursing facility with rehab/therapy which makes the facility big bucks. The population has is all ages. My point is management in these facilities don't care and the impossible nurse to patient ratios. And everyone, please please understand that just because a nurse does no desire to work in a nursing facility does not mean it has anything to do with caring for the patients. Like I said before, I take care of elderly patients everyday.
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    Why do RN's avoid LTC positions?

    Well I have to say I tried LTC 3 times and this time I'm gone for good. Back to the hospital I go. I was in charge of 58 patients and 2 LPNs and like my last 2 times returning to the specialty, it is horrible. (Please don't throw tomatoes). Management is just as bad as ever. Patients are sicker which increases the acuity level. Staffing is a nightmare. Most of the time I'm on the med cart and in charge due to excessive call outs. I'm gonna stop right now because I'm depressing myself just thinking about it. Anyways, I'm out for good this time.
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    Quit my first nursing home after 1 day!

    OMG is all that I can say. That is the reason I left LTC and never looked back. Those poor, poor patients. I am so happy you left because it was a disaster waiting to happen. My prior LTC experience was not as bad as yours but it was still so bad that I left before landing my current job. Anyways, kudos for leaving and Good Luck in your career!!!
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    Dilemma in LTC

    Oh and one more thing, ltc did pay me more. I took a pretty big pay cut and i don't regret it at all and am not looking back.:-)
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    Dilemma in LTC

    Op, most people think that just because you don't want to work in ltc that you have a problem with the elderly and that is not always true, not in my case anyway. I worked in ltc for 5 years and let me tell ya, no matter how much i cherished my patients, smiled, and kept a positive attitude, those places beat us nurses up. I had 30 patients and we all know it is impossible to spend and adequate amount of time with every one. On top of that you have charting, admissions, and 2 rounds of meds for every patient. It is not fair to the residents or the nurses to have such a dangerous workload. That being said, i left and started working on a tele/cardiac unit at a nearby hospital. Although it is tough, i feel i have support and can possibly take care of 4 to 6 patients. I am learning so much at my current place that i feel like a brand new nurse all over again. It is great!!! So as for your work situation, do what you think is best for you and your school hours. If your current place will work with your schedule i'd say stick it out. If this new place works with your schedule then go for them. Good luck with school and your entire nursing career!!!
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    Don't feel sorry for me because I work in long term care...

    I don't feel sorry for you but i do admire you for being able to work in those conditions in which you described. I did LTC-SNF for five years and got out as soon as the opportunity came. It was too unsafe. With no support system and a high nurse patient ratio it was very scary to have these acutely ill lives in my hands.
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    3-11 Admits

    That's the reason I left LTC/nursing facility and never looked back. Dangerous and down right impossible expectations. Awful awful awful. No offense to anyone who loves it. I worked in at least 4 facilities and believe me they were all the same if not worst. Hopefully things get better for you and good luck in your career.
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    I hate being a Nurse

    I worked in LTC as LPN and RN and I am so happy that I left. Good luck with finding something new. And don't feel bad for feeling the way that you do. It's not for everyone. You will find something that you love just hang in there. I am in a hospital setting now and I've never had so much support like I do now.
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    I hate being a Nurse

    You are definitely in management.
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    Will I ever get out of LTC or am I doomed?

    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.
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    Will I ever get out of LTC or am I doomed?

    I understand your frustration 100%. I see in your newer posts that you found a new area of nursing. Big congratulations!!! I just want to say there is nothing wrong with being frustrated with risking your license by cotinuing to work in unsafe conditions. My facilty is worst and to top it off, they are so puzzled about why the new staff won't stay. It is just, just,.....omg i have no words to describe it. They don't even make it through their "2" days of orientation. Yes, 2!! And another thing, it drives me absolutely crazy when everyone wants to accuse you of "hating the elderly" when you just can't take working in these conditions. I work in a nursing home and a lot of my pts are not elderly. I just can't take much more of unanswered dr calls, no supplies, 36 pts to one nurse, no meds and my list can go on and on. But anyways, congratulations again. I'm sure i'll be accused of disrespecting the elderly now with this comment lol. Good luck
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    Question about home health

    Thanks so much for the info. I can really understand that being the reason. My local hospitals have numerous med surg openings and i will be applying asap. Honestly i believe i do need some hospital experience. Thanks to everyone who responded.:)
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    Question about home health

    Hello everyone. I just have a quick question. I am interested in going into home health and was wondering why most agencies require that you have med surg experience and why doesn't years as a skilled nurse at a nursing facility qualify?. Please explain. If i need to go into med surg first i really don't mind. I was just wondering why my experience doesn't count.
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    Stressed at snf/nursing home

    I am an rn who has been working at a snf/nursing home for about 6 months as the supervisor and it is h.e. Double hockey sticks. i work 3-11 shift (or should i say 3 to 3 or 4 in the am). It is a 12o bed facility that i am responsible for on top of my own med cart or carts depending on staffing. The med pass itself henders me from spending the time i need with my patients. On top of that i am slammed with admissions which is sometimes 3 to 4. Also i have to be in charge of the cnas (whom are excellent and my heart goes out to them) and if i'm lucky i have 2 lpns on the unit with me on the 60 bed unit. There are 2 units. The paperwork is neverending. If i only have one lpn with me we have to split a cart which means i have to pass meds to skilled and ltc pts. The unit i work on is half skilled and half ltc. In the middle of trying to asses my patients and doing blood sugars i have to chase down patients that are trying to elope. (dementia patients). The only thing management cares about is unauthorized overtime and that their paperwork is up to par. I later found out that that's how they get their huge bonuses. The patients are never the issue but the families are impossible. They want you to stop taking care of patient a to go and attend to their loved ones. Supplies are either not there or they are malfunctioned. I really want to leave this place and i'm trying to get to a hospital. not to say that they don't work hard in the hospital because my friends are nurses in a hospital and they work very ,very hard. I just need the support that they are receiving. If something happens on either unit everyone turns to me and i have no one to turn to. It really scares me and i just don't feel like it is safe to have all of this on one person's shoulders. I have to deal with call outs, staff going home sick, assess the admissions on both units on top of my own med pass, admissions, paperwork and so on and so on. I really needed to vent here and thanks in advance for reading this thread. P.s. Please do not give me a lecture on taking care of the elderly. I noticed that on here when someone expresses how they are stressed with working in a nursing home, they are bombarded with comments on how rewarding it is working with the elderly and how it is so sad that they don't appreciate working with the elderly. In my case it has nothing to do with working with the elderly, i love spending time with the elderly if there is ever time to. It is the way my place of employment functions and what the managment's main focus is. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    LPN's who are going on for their RN ...

    I AM AN LPN OF 3 YEARS GOING BACK FOR MY RN DEGREE THIS FALL. WHILE MONEY IS ALSO A MOTIVATION, MY MAIN REASON IS BECAUSE LIKE EVERYONE IS SAYING, LPNS ARE MOSTLY LIMITED TO NURSING HOMES WHICH IS WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING SINCE BECOMING AN LPN. ALTHOUGH ALL FACILITIES ARE DIFFERENT, I FEEL AS THOUGH I'VE LEARNED JUST ABOUT AS MUCH AS I'M GOING TO LEARN IN LTC. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I LOVE MY JOB, PATIENTS, AND COWORKERS. NOT TO MENTION I MAKE A GENEROUS SALARY:yeah:. I JUST DESPERATELY WANT TO EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS LIKE THE ICU, ER, MED SURG, AND WHATEVER ELSE THAT IS OUT THERE FOR ME TO LEARN.:).