A Long-Term Care Nurse cares for patients who have a disability or illness in need of extended care. Many of their patients live in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, or nursing homes. These nurses assist patients with normal day-to-day tasks like getting dressed and taking baths, but they primarily focus on patient healthcare.
Things You'll Do:
- Care for elderly, and younger patients with disabilities
- Monitor a patient’s health
- Educate the patient’s family on the patient’s medical condition
Your job characteristics:
Get YourNursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Work for at least two years as a Registered Nurse in a nursing home
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Pass YourLong-Term Care Nurse certification exam
Become aCertified Registered Nurse, Long-Term Care (CRNL)
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- Nursing homes
- Assisted living communities
- Home health care
How Much You
an average salary of$21K - $22Kfind salary by state
What Else You
- Since most Long-Term Nurses care for the elderly, it’s helpful to take elective courses in gerontology in nursing school.