Long-Term Acute Care nurses serve patients with complex medical needs that require long-term hospitalization in acute settings.
They may be involved in pre-op patients, but mostly post-op patients who require long-term monitoring over their condition. They need to be able to distinguish between normal and abnormal development for their patient’s physiology.
They may administer medication (especially for pain relief), oversee the care protocols, monitor patients and keep records.
They also educate patients and patient’s families on any possible way to contribute to the patient’s health.