Travel Certified Nursing Assistant | Springfield, Illinois | LTC | 2021
CNA - LTC
Long Term Care
Long-Term Care (LTC) Travel Nurses
Registered nurses who are in charge of caring for patients who require extended medical care in a long-term care facility are referred to as long-term care (LTC) nurses. In addition to providing basic nursing care, LTC travel nurses administer medications to patients, ensure that patients receive the appropriate and safe medical care they need, and coordinate patient care.
Long-term care nurses work with patients who suffer from chronic physical and/or mental conditions. These patients are primarily in the geriatric age group. Practice settings generally include skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes.
Nurses who provide care in the long-term setting can also work at another type of facility which is known as a long-term acute care hospital (LTACHs). These facilities specialize in the treatment of patients who suffer from very serious medical conditions. It’s a complex situation that these patients are in, in which they still require ongoing care, but no longer require or qualify for hospital care which provides intensive care and diagnostic services.
On average, patients stay at an LTACH facility for 30 days at a time, but some patients require much longer lengths of stay. Patients who are discharged from a hospital but require more intensive care than what is provided at home or skilled nursing facilities often end up in LTACHs. There is a wide range of patients who go to these types of facilities, including those who are recovering from a very severe injury or accident, those who are living with disabilities, people suffering from progressive illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, and people who suffer from chronic health conditions such as coronary artery disease and obesity.
Nurses who work in both LTACHs and LTCs are responsible for providing the day-to-day needs of the patient, the operation of the medical facility, supervision of staff, delegation of tasks to unlicensed personnel, assessment of medical care progress and outcomes, and the delivery of excellent customer service to patients and family members.
In order to be successful as an LTC nurse, one must exercise a high degree of patience, as it can be quite challenging to work with patients who have these medical conditions and chronic illnesses. If you are a nurse working at an LTACH, advanced and often intensive nursing skills are required because these facilities can have patients who are on ventilators, feeding tubes, continuous cardiac monitoring, and other intensive medical care regimens.
Job Skills / Requirements:
- Valid BLS from the American Heart Association
- A valid professional license within the state of practice
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) credentialing through the American Heart Association is recommended and may be required for specific registered nurses and travel nurse positions
- Other specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Experience as a long-term care nurse
LTC Travel Nurse Salary and Job Outlook
There has never been a higher demand for nurses who work in long-term care. From the various skilled nursing centers to nursing homes and LTACHs across the country, LTC nurses are needed to help care for these patients on a long-term basis.
Working as an LTC nurse is highly rewarding because patients are at these facilities for extended periods of time, which allows you to develop close bonds with the patients and their families. LTC travel nurse pay is competitive, and the precise salary you can earn will depend on your individual skills, certifications, and experience as well as the facility and its geographical location.
Elite Specialty Staffing also offers referral bonuses and other incentives that can further increase pay. LTC travel nurses who work with Elite Specialty Staffing can choose to take free, private, luxurious housing, or a generous housing subsidy. When you work as an LTC travel nurse with Elite Specialty Staffing, you will gain all the lucrative travel nursing benefits we offer. Apply today!
Travel Nursing Jobs in Illinois
Are you a nurse looking to broaden your horizons and experience life in new and different places all while having job security and advancing your career? If so, then a travel healthcare job is the answer for you. Travel nursing assignments generally last eight to 26 weeks, allowing you the freedom to learn and love a place and then move on to learn and love another! If you love shopping, the great outdoors, and big city life, then Illinois is a state that you should consider for your next travel nursing assignment.
The first things people think of when they hear “Illinois” are probably “Chicago” and “deep-dish pizza”. Yes, the windy city is definitely the most popular destination in the Prairie State and the deep-dish pizza is super amazing. Chicago is a huge metropolis, which is the reason why there are so many travel nursing opportunities in this region. Travel nurses in Illinois will want to ride the L (Chicago’s elevated public transportation train), stop to eat deliciously gooey deep-dish pizza, and catch a Bears game in a pub just like everyone else. Or, if you prefer to laugh it up on your night off; this city is famous for its live comedy scene, be it stand-up or improv. Chicago also has great shopping. After payday, go to the “Magnificent Mile” the stretch of Michigan Avenue famous for its stores and boutiques and shop your heart out.
If you prefer bustling Chicago to be a weekend experience, make your home in one of the smaller cities of Illinois. Southern Illinois boasts a milder climate and is home to the Shawnee National Forest. Illinois travel nurses go hiking in the Garden of the Gods, explore beautiful caves and cliffs or do the Jackson Falls trail to see the stunning waterfalls.
Elite Specialty Staffing offers travel nursing jobs in Illinois that can meet your career needs. If you want to work in a hospital or medical school that is nationally ranked, you can find that here. Illinois travel nurse pay is good, and that coupled with the benefits offered by Elite Specialty Staffing make this a smart financial decision.
Resources for Illinois Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in Illinois, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the Illinois Board of Nursing’s website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of Illinois.
Work with Elite Specialty Staffing to Enjoy Lucrative Travel Nursing Benefits:
- High Pay and Bonuses
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Generous Housing Allowance
- Tax Advantage Plan
- Weekly Payroll Deposit
- Free Online CEUs
- Traveler Rewards and Discounts
- Travel and Licensure Reimbursements