Nursing homes employ many practical nurses and nursing assistants
Students at the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, New Hampshire are busy learning the nursing skills they need to become tomorrow’s practical nurses (LPNs), nursing assistants (LNAs), and patient care technicians (PCTs).
The most common places for nursing assistants and practical nurses to work are skilled nursing homes, rehab centers, residential care facilities, continuing care communities, and other long-term care facilities. These facilities provide much-needed care to elderly patients who may not be able to live on their own anymore.
Many nursing professionals find that there are distinct advantages to working in these settings. If you are considering becoming a nursing assistant or practical nurse, consider these benefits:
1. You get to know your patients up close and personal
Residents or patients who live in nursing facilities are typically there for a long time, ranging from a few weeks or months up to many years. Unlike hospitals where patients stay only for a few days, these long-term care facilities house patients for extended periods. This gives you the opportunity to get to know your patients on a personal level. You will probably even get to meet family members over the months and years. This allows you to form bonds with patients that can make your work more meaningful.
2. You can learn a lot from working with elderly patients
Elderly patients have a lot to offer. Many of them have lived interesting lives and can share stories, advice, and wisdom. With a little encouragement and respect, you will be amazed at the life lessons you can learn from working with older people.
3. Your services will be appreciated
As a nursing assistant or practical nurse, you will be providing a lot of basic care to your patients. Your services could include everything from changing bed sheets and straightening a resident’s belongings to helping a patient with personal hygiene or taking a walk around the floor. Because the patients are at such a vulnerable stage of their lives, many of them will appreciate the things you do for them. Their family members will also appreciate your being there for them in ways they might not be able to. Of course, not all patients are going to show their appreciation, but you are likely to be affected by the many of them do.
4. You begin to understand more about aging
The aging process is happening to all of us, sooner or later. Learning about this process through working in a nursing home will help to demystify it and may bring you newfound compassion for what people are going through at that life stage. This may also help you in your own life if you are taking care of aging parents or other relatives.
5. You get to work with other caring professionals
Most people who go into the field of nursing and allied health want to help others. Those who choose geriatric care are often kind and sensitive people. You may enjoy the chance to get to know these co-workers and find that you have a strong community and a sense of camaraderie among the other staff members.
Do these benefits sound good to you? If so, you may be interested in pursuing a career in the field of nursing and allied health. People who are skilled in nursing care are valuable members of the healthcare system. This is a profession that can make you proud!
For more information about the programs at the Salter School of Nursing, contact us through our online form. Who knows… your future career path could begin with us!