I have been saying LTC is like babysitting for along time now...... and people often get offended. I worked long term care for 8-9 years before acquiring my RN degree, and let me tell you, hospital is better. I'm not saying hospital work doesn't have its faults, but the skills you learn compared to LTC are so much more diverse. When I was a LPN, and other nurses used to ask me why didn't I just go back for my RN.....or why do I want to be "just" an LPN, seeing how my LPN skill set and critical thinking skills was above par, I used to get offended too. But now, as an RN, I 100% understand what they were saying to me. I cant knock anyone for doing LTC, although it seems like I actually am, I'm just giving my OPINION. LTC DOES IN FACT feel like babysitting after a while; IT ACTUALLY EMULATES TO MANY DEGREES!! Bathing, dressing, feeding, changing and medicating....wash,rinse and repeat. Baby sitting the elderly population. Nothing wrong with it but I just didn't want that for my career any longer. Would I go back? Yes, but only as a last resort. Only as a way to avoid homelessness AND starvation (not one each, but both together!). I am forever grateful to the Lord him self for allowing me the opportunity to work past LTC. I couldnt do it any longer.