Long term care is a specialty that many nurses often overlook. But it’s an important part of the healthcare system and can give you the chance to develop meaningful relationships and valuable experience. Here are four reasons why you should consider a career in long term care:
1. Make a genuine difference
Patients in a long term care facility often need help with the basics of day to day life. As an LTC nurse, you’ll be there to help them make it through the day with respect and dignity. Your attention to detail and care will make each day a little better for the elderly or disabled patients who rely on you. You’ll also have a chance to make a patient’s end of life more comfortable through your care.
2. Develop relationships with your patients and their families
Working in long term care means you’ll be taking care of the same patients each day for an extended period of time. It may mean you take care of geriatric patients in a nursing home, or disabled patients who cannot live alone. Since you’ll be taking care of your patients over a long period of time, you’ll have the chance to build a meaningful relationship with not just the patient, but their family too. It will be up to you to help educate, guide, and comfort patients and their families during their time in your care.
3. Be a part of an interdisciplinary team
As a long term care nurse, you’ll be an important part of a larger care team for your patients. You’ll have the chance to work with an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, social workers, dieticians, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, and more. It’s a great opportunity to see what other providers do for your patients and see how everything works together to reach the best patient outcomes.
4. Opportunity to join a hospital system
For new nursing graduates, it can be daunting to try and find a job in a major hospital system. But, joining the long term care division of a hospital system can be a great way to get your foot in the door, develop meaningful relationships and skills, and network with other hospital system employees.
If you’re interested in a career in long term care, contact one of our recruiters to discuss your options. Or, search for open positions to see what is available.