Travel Registered Nurse | Custer, South Dakota | LTC | 2021
SD- $80/hr Minimum Data Set Coordinator (MDS) RN - LTC 12.3.20
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 South Dakota
When you think of South Dakota, you probably only think about the iconic tourist attraction, the faces on the mountain, Mount Rushmore. However, the state has a lot more to offer its visitors and residents, and as a travel nurse in South Dakota you will be primed to experience it all!
The Mount Rushmore State is also home to the world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This rally takes place annually, usually in August, in Sturgis South Dakota. If you're already a biker buff, you already knew this, but even if you aren't this rally would be fun for you! This rally is on many personal bucket lists and makes an appearance on the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. The state hosts festivals and fairs and events year around, giving South Dakota travel nurses lots of opportunities for entertainment, including rodeos, professional snow cross (think motocross but on snow!) food festivals, cultural festivals, and farm festivals and more.
Those of you that appreciate art, can follow the South Dakota Sculpture Trail, which will take you all over the state, covering the iconic Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Dignity, and the Interstate 29 Cultural Corridor. Travel nursing jobs in South Dakota can give you the opportunity to discover the state's "Great Eight". Including previously mentioned monuments and installations, you won't want to miss exploring the Badlands, Jewel Cave, and Wind Cave.
South Dakota travel nurse pay coupled with the great benefits provided by Elite Specialty Staffing make this destination a great choice for your next travel healthcare job.
Resources for South Dakota Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in South Dakota, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the South Dakota Board of Nursing's website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of South Dakota.
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