‘I think long-term care is an important experience,’ says Mandi Theriault
Since starting her summer placement at Pleasant Meadow Manor in May, Mandi Theriault says the sense of community she feels is her favourite aspect of life at the Norwood long-term care home.
Theriault, a second-year student in Fleming College’s registered practical nurse program, chose to do her 11-week summer placement at Pleasant Meadow Manor because it’s close to her home. But she says she’s enjoyed working with the home’s residents and staff members so much she hopes to work at Pleasant Meadow Manor once she completes her education.
“It’s the sense of community here,” Theriault says, when asked what she likes best about her placement. “You get to know everybody and everybody gets to know you.”
Two common career paths people take when they graduate from nursing programs are long-term care and acute care. Theriault notes that nurses working in acute care – hospitals – don’t usually form strong ties with the patients because of the high turnaround rate.
Working in a long-term care home allows health-care professionals to develop long-lasting friendships with people, and that’s important, she says.
“In long-term care, you get to know people’s preferences; you don’t always get that in a hospital where people are only staying for a little while,” Theriault says.
Theriault, who will be graduating this summer, has been using her experience at Pleasant Meadow Manor to enhance her nursing skills. Some of her duties include medication passes and wound care.
“This has been a great learning experience,” she says, adding she recommends other nursing students look into careers in long-term care.
“I find a lot of people opt for (working in) hospitals, but I think long-term care is an important experience.”
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