Travel Practical Nurse | Hampton, Iowa | LTC | 2021
Long Term Care LPN
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 Iowa
Becoming a travel nurse in Iowa, is probably not exactly what you thought of when considering a travel healthcare job. But the truth is, Iowa is a place that people go to and keep going back to; Iowa has been experiencing serious population growth in the last 5 years.
So, what's so special about the Hawkeye state? Perhaps the most important thing to understand about Iowa is niceness of the people. Iowa people are warm and friendly, and interested in making connections with people. You will feel welcome and wanted here.
There are lots of things to do in the beautiful state parks. Go horseback riding in the Shimek State Forest, or kayak the Middle River and paddle under the famous Bridges of Madison County. Go shore fishing at Big Creek Lake. If you're not already a biker, you might be converted. Iowa has a biking trail bucket list, that includes crazy fun bike trails such as the BACooN Ride where the riders are decked out in bacon and pig costumes and taste bacon specialty foods at the stops along the trail. Watch for hawks and eagles atop of 45foot tall observation tower from the Hitchcock Nature Center. Lots of places for challenging and scenic hikes.
Additionally, the cost of living in Iowa is significantly lower than the national average, even in the capital city of Des Moines. Iowa travel nurse pay on top of a lower cost of living makes Iowa an obvious choice.
Des Moines is an exciting city, that is growing rapidly, intentionally. The city has spent a lot of time and energy on renovating the historic downtown, investing in trendy clubs, delicious restaurants and hosting the annual music festival, 80/35. Des Moines keeps growing because these factors combined with buckets of business opportunities are a major draw for people looking to settle down or start over. It is indeed big and growing, but Iowa travel nurses love that they never have to spend an hour in traffic after a shift.
Travel nursing jobs in Iowa can be found by teaming up with Elite Specialty Staffing today!
Resources for Iowa Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in Iowa, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the Iowa Board for Nursing's website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of Iowa.
Work with Elite Specialty Staffing to Enjoy Lucrative Travel Nursing Benefits:
- High Pay and Bonuses
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance from Day One
- Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance
- Tax Advantage Plan
- Weekly Payroll Deposit
- Free Online CEUs
- 401(k) Plans
- Traveler Rewards and Discounts
- Travel and Licensure Reimbursements