Long-term and post-acute care might not seem like a glamorous field to consider entering as a nursing student, but there are many reasons to consider this highly skilled field as your first career move after graduating.
- Long-term care as a whole is growing at a rapid pace due to the aging baby boomer population. This anticipated influx equates to job security, stability, and growth opportunities.
- Clinical nursing practices can be fine tuned and developed in a skilled nursing setting. Students that graduate and enter a hospital setting are far less likely to get one-on-one time with patients or residents that require critical thinking and skilled nursing techniques.
- Relationships are built with residents you continually care for. It’s rare to spend more than a few days taking care of a patient, whereas in a post-acute care setting, nurses have the opportunity to build relationships with the people they take care of and become a part of their lives and family.