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Long-Term Care Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

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:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Work for at least two years as a Registered Nurse in a nursing home
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  • Pass Your
    Long-Term Care Nurse certification exam
  • Become a
    Certified Registered Nurse, Long-Term Care (CRNL)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Nursing homes
    • Assisted living communities
    • Home health care

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $21K - $22K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Since most Long-Term Nurses care for the elderly, it’s helpful to take elective courses in gerontology in nursing school.

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