Thinking about HH Hospice....

  1. Anyone doing HH Hospice??

    I was approached by a hospice nurse, b/c I frequently give them referrals, about making a switch. This is in my own agency, just under diff funding source. Lateral move, no change in pay, call, holiday, or other commitments. She didn't want to talk too long in the office as thier were some ears we didn't want hearing our conversation.

    What do you guys think? I am very comfortable with the idea of death, having seen many in the ICU, and being with families of pt's who were made DNR's. I much prefer a dignified and painfree death than a horrible bloddy code.

    Tell me your experience. Thanks!!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   nur20
    I feel that i've had hospice experience in my years of working with the extreme elderly,but i don't think i would want to work it on a regular basis, but from your personality that that comes across the screen i feel that you would be great at it.
  4. by   nursemicke
    Hi Hoolahan,
    I was a hospice volunteer and that is what made me decide to go into nursing. I have taken two death and dying courses and went out with hospice nurses. I would be in hospice now but they don't need anyone in my area right now. Ask to go out with a hospice nurse for a day. You know, try before you buy. I am a strong believer in the hospice program. It is holistic care that you can't find elsewhere.
    Anne
  5. by   live4today
    Hi Hoolahan!

    I agree with you when it comes to handling death in a natural sense. It is a part of life afterall, so why should death in a natural sense be interferred with by bloody codes, and painful outcomes for many terminally ill patients who survive them only to continue living in pain? The terminally ill deserve to be respected clear up to their last breath, and if they choose to have a DNR in place to prevent prolonging their agony, then their choice -- not ours or someone elses -- should be honored.

    "Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal." -- (Biblical thought)
    :kiss

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