I have spent my entire career (23 years) working in LTC. I feel I was born to do this work and enjoy it greatly. I am wondering how many others there are out there who also enjoy this specialty.
I love LTC. I wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else.
Melissa, I for one am very happy to have read this…. I have been in LTC for 14 years as a nurse and began as a CNA. I love my residents (not patients as this is their home) and have been very fortunate to have learned so much from them personally and professionally. And although this wasn’t my “plan” (I have learned that man plans and god laughs) my life has taken the direction that it was meant to. Now I am on track for my RN and some people are surprised that I would want to stay in LTC. For me its not about the $$, all jobs pay ya(and it helps that I live within my means)… its about connecting with people and building relationships that are more for them than me. It is my job to make it a good day for them and in return I have a good day too. And yes there have been those trying days but with dementia and the like every day is different(sometimes every 5 minutes) so one can never say its the same ol song and dance. Keep up the good work.
I started out as a cna in long term care, then went for LPN….long story short, diagnosed with lupus,took off some time and now back in the LTC facility.
I love it. I love my residents.
Don’t like dealing with SOS (short on staff), but wouldn’t trade it for nothing.
I have been a LPN since 1990.
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