According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics long-term care nurses provide healthcare services on a recurring basis to patients with chronic physical or mental disorders, often in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities. Long term care nurses often work with patients who need help with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and going to the bathroom. In many cases, the patient population for long term care is the elderly.
However, people at any age may need long term care based on their overall health, chronic illnesses or disabilities.For this reason, long term care nurses can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, extended care facilities, adult day care, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and home health care agencies.
Depending on the facility, long term care nursing positions may require a diploma, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Some institutions require the registered nurse designation. Nurses may want to take additional courses in gerontology or specialize in geriatric nursing in order to work with elderly patients.