I work in a longterm care setting that has some rehab and pallative care patients. A typical day consists of recieving report and making sure labs were obtained that needed. Next, we obtain our accu checks and pass our own medications to approx. 15 patients. After our med pass, we complete our treatments as directed. Then, we do our seven day and skilled charting that also may include quartly check on our patients that we are assigned to by groups. Throughout the day we communicate with our patients and our State Registered Nursing Assistants so we can better assist our patients needs. When a need arises that needs the doctor's attention too, we notify the doctor and address the need.
The hardest part of my job is loosing patients sometimes. We deal with alot of Pallative care and it is also hard sometimes to help that loved one to see that their loved one is tired and nearing the end of thier life journey.
The most rewarding part of my job is to make my patients smile and tell me that they are glad I'm there. It is also rewarding when I know that my patient is comfortable and my patient family is satisfied with their loved ones care.
The unit I work on for the most part, is a close knit family that loves what we do and management is envolved with patient care as well.