Within the healthcare industry, there is a growing demand for nurses that are qualified to work in long-term acute care (LTAC) settings. However, misconceptions about LTAC patients and the work environment prevents many nurses from pursuing these career advancing positions. Continue reading to find out more about LTAC facilities and why a job there might be the right career choice for you.
What is a long-term acute care facility?
A long-term acute care facility is specifically designed for patients with complex medical conditions that require the ongoing support of an interdisciplinary team. While patients in a LTAC unit no longer need extensive diagnostic procedures or the level of care available in an intensive care unit (ICU), the severity of their condition(s) makes them inappropriate for a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing facility or home healthcare service.
How long has it been since you graduated from college with your nursing degree? Is your healthcare career where you imaged it would be at this point in your life?
Once you join the workforce, it is easy to fall into a routine and get stuck in a rut. However, staying where you’re comfortable can result in missed opportunities (i.e. raises, promotions, valuable industry knowledge).
If you’re interested in giving your healthcare career the boost that it deserves, we highly encourage implementing the following three recommendations.
1. Network within Your Professional Community
Contrary to popular belief, networking isn’t just for job seekers. Networking is your chance to get plugged into your professional community and make connections while building mutually beneficial professional relationships. It allows you as a professional to make a genuine face-to-face connection in today’s world, an world of email, text and social media.