Long-Term Care Nurse

A Long-term Care Nurse looks after patients who need care for an extended period due to a disability or illness.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Independent
Patient-facing
Varied
You’ll help your patients with day-to-day activities such as getting dressed and taking baths.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Coordination

You’ll work with your patients’ medical teams to create viable treatment plans.

Education

You’ll keep your patients’ families up to date on their loved ones’ medical conditions.

Treatment

You’ll monitor your patients’ health and give them medication and therapeutic treatments such as massage and exercise.

Where you’ll work
  • Assisted Living Communities
  • Nursing homes
  • Patients’ homes
How to become a Long-term Care Nurse

01

Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), taking an elective course in if possible.

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse in a nursing home for two years.

04

There’s no specific Long-term Care Nurse Certification.

You may be required to hold the Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association or Red Cross or the Gerontological Nursing Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

A Nurse Anesthetist’s role is also independent.
An Informatics Nurse is another type of management nurse.
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