Many people assume that nursing home nurses are different from their hospital counterparts, but in reality, they share many of the same types workloads and difficult, hectic schedules.
Here are three stereotypes about nursing in nursing homes, and what these important individuals really do.
- Myth #1: There’s little regulation. False! Nurses in nursing homes are held to very high standards and regulations, filing as much (and more) paperwork than nurses in hospitals. And with the constant reviews and evaluations given to nursing home facilities and staff, there’s little that’s left unscrutinized.
- Myth #2: Nursing facilities are less complex than hospitals. Think again! Nursing home facilities have evolved to provide various types of care for different treatments and complications, and can include using mechanical ventilators, PICC lines, tracheostomies, treatment for severe wounds, and more. Now called “skilled nursing facilities,” these homes provide important medical care, not just a bed and breakfast for long-term patients.
- Myth #3: Schedules aren’t as hectic. Nope! Nurses in nursing homes have the best time management skills, because of the ebb and flow of their patients and their conditions. They also tend to have a bigger ratio of patients to nurses, which means that every minute is important in ensuring care. And while patients might not be in critical condition, patients in nursing homes can have declining situations that involve intensive and monitoring.
Mighty Nurse mentions a few of these myth-breaking truths over at her blog, with a few more characteristics that all nursing home nurses have. Overall, these nurses are rockstars, providing the best care to patients every day. Have any other truths to contribute? Comment below with your stories and tales from the nursing home front lines!
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