Registered nurses at skilled nursing facilities specialize in providing long-term care to patients who reside at these facilities. Patients/residents may include those who are elderly or disabled, have chronic or degenerative conditions, or are recovering from a severe illness or injury. Many patients are permanent residents and may require around-the-clock care, but some skilled nursing facilities also house temporary residents who are there to rehabilitate and return home when they’re well enough to do so.
Skilled nursing facilities can be a great place for new nurses to start out and hone their basic nursing skills while developing supervisory experience. It can also be a great place to establish a career, especially for nurses who enjoy forming long-term relationships with their patients. It’s easy to become attached to patients and their families, which can be a major plus but may also be a downside when a patient’s health declines.
RNs for skilled nursing facilities are in high demand on Vivian where you’ll find numerous skilled nursing facility jobs at respected facilities around the nation.
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How Much Do Skilled Nursing Facility Nurse Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on Vivian as of Tuesday, December 7th 2021, the average weekly salary for a Skilled Nursing Facility Nurse is $2,006, but can pay up to $4,460 per week.
- min - $922
- avg - $2,006
- max - $4,460
What are the best agencies for Skilled Nursing Facility Nurse jobs?
The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Skilled Nursing Facility Nurse jobs are OneStaff Medical (318), Host Healthcare (37), and Ascend National Healthcare Staffing (22).
What does a skilled nursing facility nurse do?
The primary job of RNs at skilled nursing facilities is caring for the needs of their patients, including improving their quality of life and keeping symptoms of their chronic conditions under control. They ensure the safety and physical comfort of each patient, which includes basic needs like clean beds, personal hygiene, and proper nutrition. While RNs may assist with these tasks and other activities of daily living, they frequently supervise CNAs, LPNs, and other direct care staff who take care of patients’ immediate needs.
Depending on a skilled nursing facility’s staffing, RNs are often responsible for an array of advanced care, which can include:
Creating and implementing care plans
Assessing patients’ pain
Implementing appropriate pain management plans
Starting intravenous infusions
Monitoring vital signs
Performing skin assessments
Monitoring blood sugar levels
Drawing blood and obtaining various specimens
Administering oxygen or nebulizer treatments
Providing post-op, wound, and ostomy care
Providing feeding tube care
Doing rounds with various medical providers
Consulting with physicians and other health care team members
Ensuring patients receive continuous care during shift changes
Overseeing patients’ overall health and medical histories
Completing assessments for MDS’s
Helping with new patient admissions as needed
Helping ensure smooth transitions when residents are discharged
Providing discharge education to patients and their families/caregivers
Handling staffing issues
Performing staff evaluations
Skilled nursing facility RNs also educate patients and their family members on what to expect regarding their specific conditions and the many challenges of aging. They inform family members if there are any changes in their loved one’s condition and discuss changes in medications or treatment needs.
Where do skilled nursing facility nurses work?
Skilled nursing facility nurses work in skilled nursing facilities, which may also be called nursing homes or long-term care facilities. They may work at stand-alone nursing homes or hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, and some work at rehabilitation centers or in home health care.
What skills make a good skilled nursing facility nurse?
Good skilled nursing facility nurses are flexible and exceptional at multitasking, making them highly adept at balancing the needs of multiple patients in a timely manner and staying on track despite frequent interruptions. They have superior organizational skills to keep on top of the vast amounts of required documentation. Excellent assessment skills are crucial and keen attention to detail allows them to catch subtle changes in patients and confidently take appropriate action. Highly capable skilled nursing facility RNs also have stellar communication and interpersonal skills that allow them to effectively interact with patients, family members, caregivers, and a variety of health care providers.
How to become a Skilled Nursing Facility Travel Nurse
Becoming a skilled nursing facility travel RN requires RN licensure, which means earning an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, passing the NCLEX-RN exam, and fulfilling all other state-mandated requirements. Licensed RNs must earn Basic Life Support certification and some facilities also may require Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. Since many patients in skilled nursing facilities are elderly, RNs can boost their careers by earning Gerontological Nursing board certification (GERO-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.