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Psych or LTC less Stressful?

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by Purple_Clover Purple_Clover (Member)

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Which is less stressful? Why?

I've worked in pediatric psych for a little more than a year now and I've been injured twice. I'm thinking of going to LTC so I would have less fight-or-flight stress. Does this sound like a good idea?

I've worked in a lot of LTC places as a CNA, but never as a nurse

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I was over an private pay AL and on the same campus there was a LTC.  The rules they have to follow are extensive and they couldn't keep help.  The turnover in LTC is really high, so that should speak volumes.

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16 minutes ago, Forest2 said:

I was over an private pay AL and on the same campus there was a LTC.  The rules they have to follow are extensive and they couldn't keep help.  The turnover in LTC is really high, so that should speak volumes.

The turnover where I work is pretty high too. I'm just sick of being assaulted at work

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kingvonnBSN2017 has 1 years experience as a BSN and works as a Psychiatric Nurse.

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Ehh.. it depends. I've been assaulted more in LTC. I've actually never been assaulted working psych.

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7 hours ago, kingvonnBSN2017 said:

Ehh.. it depends. I've been assaulted more in LTC. I've actually never been assaulted working psych.

That's so strange. I had the exact opposite experience. I got a concussion, a sprained neck, and got cut with a bloody razor blade in psych. I worked for 7 years in LTC and the most I ever got was slapped on the arm by a dementia patient. I can deal with that.

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kingvonnBSN2017 has 1 years experience as a BSN and works as a Psychiatric Nurse.

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56 minutes ago, Purple_Clover said:

That's so strange. I had the exact opposite experience. I got a concussion, a sprained neck, and got cut with a bloody razor blade in psych. I worked for 7 years in LTC and the most I ever got was slapped on the arm by a dementia patient. I can deal with that.

Wow! I’m sorry that this happened to you. When assaults like this happen in psych, I’ve always heard “it’s okay, it comes with the territory”. But in reality, I come to work to care for my patients and do my job, not be cut, punched, spit on, etc. If your anxiety gets extremely high in these types of environment, it may not be the best for your health. Your safety comes first. If you feel safer and able to do the best you can for your patients without that anxious feeling in LTC, I would go for it!

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I think it depends so much on the LTC facility - How supportive is management?  How great are the CNAs? What is the staffing model?  Are the residents long term or are they in the facility short term for rehab, etc.?  I actually love LTC.  Yes, it is very stressful - tons of regulations, a decent amount of turnover.  But I loved the residents and if you have a good group of CNAs with you, the shifts can be busy but great.

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