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The Good Shepherd Community is a very rewarding place to work. We dedicate ourselves to caring for residents, tenants, and clients through the values of service, compassion, trust and respect.
Typical Day as a RN
A Registered Nurse in a senior community has many responsibilities as they oftentimes hold the most responsibility. They have the task of not only caring for the residents, but they’re also in charge of other employees, such as LPNs and CNAs, and have to make sure operations throughout each day run smoothly.
Rather than focusing on the immediate needs of residents, RNs are responsible for overseeing each resident’s overall health and medical histories. By taking a resident’s entire history into account, the RN can ensure that each individual receives the best care possible. In addition to the basic duties performed by nursing assistants and LPNs, RNs are also responsible for advanced activities such as starting intravenous infusions, administering oxygen, monitoring blood sugar levels and consulting with the supervising physicians. This can all make each day energizing as it is varied.
The Good Shepherd Community offers a very comprehensive package of benefits to our employees including:
- Competitive wages
- Profit sharing 401k plan with match
- Flexible spending plan (cafeteria 125 plan)
- Paid personal leave
- Funeral leave
- Life insurance
- Employee assistance plan
- Employee wellness center
- Educational scholarships (upon availability)
- Corporate discounts
While there’s really no such thing as a typical day in the eventful life of a RN, here’s what it may look like.
Upon arrival, you may find the office mostly empty as our many of the aids will be on the floor. The communication book is a great place to look for a snapshot of the last day’s events. We also have an internal like message board called “snap messages” that need to be opened, reviewed and addressed. Any time there is a fall an RN focused assessment and root cause analysis will need to be done. If there are any concerns of skin issues or decline that will need to be addressed. It is very likely that someone’s 90-day assessment will be due. To help guide the assessment it is good to review the last 90-days of care provided by the aides and talking to them. Follow up calls to the family, MD, county case manager and pharmacy made be need attention along with the processing of orders. The RN and LPN work closely together, the LPN will do a majority of the MD contacting, transcription of orders and medication management, the RN is responsible to double check those orders and provide support.
Throughout the day, you will be a resource to both the clients, the aids and the LPN. You will be exposed to a wide variety of day to day challenges to provide the best care possible to our clients through the aides. From coaching on validation techniques to training on new equipment to providing support difficult situations. You will need to provide competency training on staff with follow up to ensure they can perform skills assigned to them and provide education if needed. While conducting a 90-day assessment you will review the medication list and look for interactions, preform a verbal and physical head to toe exam, inquire about recent md visits, assess apartment for safety, assess mobility and nutrition. After this is done you will put forth any interventions the client is comfortable with and are needed.
Documentation is extremely important as you go throughout your day. The CNAs and LPNs will record and note their interactions and report it to you. It’s then your duty review these for behaviors, refusals of care and concerns to prioritize and intervene upon. A big part of this is to capture services that are being given to the client that indicate a change in condition and or need to change the service plan to reflect proper billing. Many elderly folks are on what’s called an Elderly waiver program, which requires a lot of interaction with the case manager.
As a registered nurse, you’re also a teacher. People rely on you for accurate information. It’s up to you to answer and educate the aids, the client and at times their family, on their new medications, newly ordered tests, diets, activity, wound care…etc. At Good Shepherd, educating needs to start on admission and not at discharge.
If you’re up for a challenge that is rewarding each and every single day, consider being a RN at Good Shepherd Community. We’d love to have you!