Nurses are in demand everywhere, but long-term care facilities (LTC) have a booming demand because Baby Boomers are filling these facilities faster than they can be staffed. That means LTC employers are increasing their incentives to bring in qualified nurses.
But salary and benefits are just part of the story. LTCs are great places to work and gain experience. Here are just a few of the benefits of working in long-term care.
Deeper Patient Care
You’ll have regular patients you see each day. You get to know them as people and form a connection. Getting to know a patient helps you understand their needs better, which lets you provide more valuable care.
Calmer Work Environment
While LTCs do have the occasional emergency, most days allow you to care for patients on a predictable schedule. The focus of the job in an LTC is to maintain and manage your patients’ health and wellbeing.
In an LTC, you generally will have one doctor or director in charge, usually with the same team members. You get to know what is expected and how to work together.
This will vary by facility, but in general, you can expect to have a regular work schedule with limited or no overtime.
The ability to get to know your patients and be appreciated for the care you give them makes coming to work very rewarding.