After one year of floor nursing at a hospital,,, it has become obvious that it isn’t my thing. Moving on, and back, to the nursing home world. My questin would be to all,,, has anyone else found in the first year that your passion is in another place, as well as how nursing truly is in a good good LTC facility.
In my 7 years of nursing I have worked medsurg, LTC, and ED. I think that LTC is a good fit for someone who likes a daily routine and developing a longer term rapport with patients. I would advise that you make sure to check your nurse:patient ratios and be confident in your own assessment skills as there is far less backup if you are unsure of something. Becoming specialized in your field (in this case geriatrics) is always a good idea. Many places will allow you to shadow for a shift. They want a good fit just as much as you do. Best wishes.
There is a happy medium. Long term care was not for me. I have worked rehab, ER, and med surg. Rehab is a step down from med surg and it is what I enjoy the most. With long term care,you do get to know the patients well but it can be hard when they pass. Check out rehab. Good luck.
I have been a nurse for 14 yrs. I moved to LTC after 6 months on the medsurg floor. Although I loved the residents and the job, i wasnt strong enough to handle the nurse/pt ratio (28 pts), the short staffing problems, or the psych pts (dementia/Alzheimer’s) I only lasted 6 months. I have since worked in pediatrics, otolaryngology, immunotherapy, ortho/neuro rehab and dermatology. I went back to LTC 18 mos ago. This time I was ready and a stronger nurse. The job was hard, because the same problems are there….short staffing, administrators……but the relationship you form with the residents is awesome.
When you say “back” to LTC, were you a CNA?
I guess the moral to my rambling is, be ready for the chaos of LTC, work WITH your CNAs and be good to them. They are your eyes. You have to recognize non verbal signs that something is wrong with your pts. It is rewarding, but hard work for sure.
My advise would be to explore nursing. It is a huge field, with so much to learn. Stay hungry to learn. Wherever you decide to land, be the best nurse you can be!
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