Long-Term Care Nurse

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BASIC DESCRIPTION

The long-term care nurse works in a long-term care facility with patients with chronic physical and/or mental disorders, who are primarily elderly. Responsible for the day-to-day care of patients, operation of the facility, staff supervision, assessing program quality, program growth and development, and service excellence often are responsibilities of the long-term care nurse. Working in long-term care requires working with patients with challenging diagnoses. Practice settings include nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation is required. Certification as Gerontology Nurse is available from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Prior experience with long-term care
■ Medical and surgical nursing experience
■ Ability to see death as a part of the natural process of life
■ Ability to build long-term relationships with patients and their families
■ Ability to build teams and mentor others
■ Leadership and organizational ability
■ Ability to solve staffing difficulties when they arise

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ American Long Term and Sub Acute Nurses Association (www.alsna.com)
■ American Nurses Credentialing Center (www.nursecredentialing.org)

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