So if you’re looking for an environment to help you hone those skills, a nursing home may not be your top choice. It takes a special person to care for the most vulnerable patients in their final years.
But with the aging population, elderly patients will need your care now more than ever.
And they also have more involvement in the case management of their residents.
“It’s important to deliver quality care with compassion, dignity and respect,” Vega says.
Everyone works together to provide the best care for the residents.
“They become a part of who you are and there is a special bond formed in long-term care.” Working in a nursing home offers the opportunity to foster relationships with long-term residents more so than would be possible in an outpatient or a more traditional nursing setting.
As a registered nurse, you hand out a lot of medications in nursing homes.
You get to honor their legacy and contributions to society when you’re at the bedside, she adds.
Nurses in nursing homes need a different skill set than nurses in a hospital or clinic.