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Name: Long-Term Care Nurse
Description: Long-term care is the provision of nursing, medical, psychosocial, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders
Diagnoses: AIDS, terminal illnesses, psychosocial and behavioral problems, head injuries
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, coordinator, supervisor, director, executive, educator
Characteristics: Less pressured and chaotic than acute care; death viewed as natural life process; long-term relationships with patients and families; satisfaction of providing comfort for frail older person
Client age group: Those of all ages with chronic illness; particularly the elderly
Drawbacks: Increasing patient acuity and use of technology, staffing problems
Desirable skills: Medical-surgical skills such as IVs, ventilators, tube feedings; mentoring, teaching, team building
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Hospitals (including subacute care), nursing homes, extended care facilities, retirement communities, home-health agencies
Associations:
American Society for Long-Term Care Nurses (offers certification)
660 Lonely Cottage Dr.
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972-9313
610-847-5396
 
American Health Care Association
1201 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-842-4444
 
Publications:
ASLTC Journal
610-847-5396
 
AHCA Notes Newsletter (Provider Magazine)
202-842-4444
 
IMPAACT bulletin
860-586-7525