Travel Practical Nurse | T Or C, New Mexico | LTC | 2021
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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 New Mexico
Do you need more sun in your life? Boasting an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year across the state, the sunshine in New Mexico will warm your soul. The Land of Enchantment, is absolutely, enchanting. Travel nursing jobs in New Mexico can be found in both rural and urban areas, but even when located in urban areas, rural isn’t too far away.
Travel nurses in New Mexico can appreciate clear skies both day and night. Star gazing under the clear dark night sky at Capulin Volcano is a popular activity. In the months of April through September,Star Parties are held at the base of the volcano. A park ranger gives a short talk about the night sky and observation equipment is also provided.
There are historical treasures across the state for history buffs as well. In Los Alamos, explore cavates (human-carved alcoves) and dwellings and ancient petroglyphs. Go to Silver city and enter the Gila Cliff Dwellings and caves of the Mogollón culture dating back to before the year 1300. There are several more petroglyph sites open to visitors.
New Mexico travel nurses also have lots of beautiful options for outdoor activities as the state boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Other awesome outdoor sports include white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and even hot air balloon-ing! And don’t miss out on their arts scene. New Mexico art is a strong staple of their culture, in the summer months you can find art festivals just about every single weekend.
New Mexican cuisine is a mouth-watering fusion of their cultural heritage; combining Native American, Hispano Spanish, and Mexican influences into their dishes. Let your taste buds be enchanted and your soul warmed as you experience New Mexico by way of delicious dining.
New Mexico travel nurse pay on top of the great benefits that come from working with Elite Specialty Staffing make this state a no-brainer as your next travel healthcare job assignment!
Resources for New Mexico Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in New Mexico, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the New Mexico Board of Nursing’s website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of New Mexico.
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