Currently I am working as an LPN in a nursing home and I often feel that the people there are not getting enough social interaction. I have observed that the majority of the people I take care of crave one on one attention that has nothing to do with medical/physical care needs being met, and I have little time to give towards this. The nature of my job for the most part is passing medications, changing dressings, and charting. When I was studying to be a nurse, I imagined caring for the patient as a whole, including socially/emotionally but I am finding in most my jobs this is not a priority and time constraints do not allow for anything more then the superficial greeting and farewell. I really think that companion care is just as vital to health as any medication or treatment and should not be overlooked, and I want to offer my time towards helping people in this way. Does anyone else (nurses/CNAS) feel like this? I would love to quit my job and do volunteer companion care, but I also need a way to provide for my family. It seems that it is not recognized as important to basic health and well being as it is not a highly paid service. I don't understand this??