Am I crazy to take a hospice job? - pg.2 | allnurses

Am I crazy to take a hospice job? - page 2

Hello Dear RN's I recently had an interview to become a patient care coordinator with hospice. I got the job! Im so excited! I've never done hospice, but I do feel it is calling my name. I am now... Read More

  1. Visit  AlohaVol profile page
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    Working hospice was one of the biggest blessing of my nursing career. As an LPN, I have worked both residental and home health hospice. My family and friends thought I was crazy; they thought it had to be the most depressing job in the world.
    I tried to explain what a privilege it was that the patient and their families allowed me to share that time with them. I literally got to love the patient to death.
    While working in some fields, no matter what you did or how much you gave it was never enough. Not so with hospice patients and families; they appreciate everything you do for them. You know that you have made a difference!
    I have helped them select what they would be buried in, helped them write their obits, held their hand when they drew their last breath and helped load them in the hearst.
    When I knew they were going to bleed out, I wrapped them in red towels just on the slight chance that in those few seconds it took them to bleed out, I didn't want them to be scared (I also didn't want their families tramatized by it either). Whatever they needed is what I did. My first obligation was to my patient and then to their families.
    Hospice isn't just a job. Hospice is a calling. You will either love or you will run screaming from it.
    Prior to working hospice, I thought death was the worst possible thing that could happen to a person. I know now what a blessing it can be. I have witnessed some of the most beautiful, loving passing. I never stood at the foot of the bed because I always felt that was the angels place.
    I pray that you will be as blessed by working hospice as I was!
    LaurieEllen1973 and sclpn like this.
  2. Visit  areensee profile page
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    Crazy in a good way! Hospice is a very difficult but at least for me, personally rewarding! Let's face it, we all die. Wouldn't you want to know that when you reach that point, a caring and compassionate nurse was there to help you through it?
  3. Visit  nsettles profile page
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    I left medicine nursing 2 months ago for hospice and so far its the best decision I have made!
  4. Visit  areensee profile page
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    Yep, me too. I worked in the hospital and travelled as well, for a total of 15 years. It was really time for a change, and hospice fit the bill!
  5. Visit  Caffeine_IV profile page
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    I've just started working for a hospice house recently. I like it so far minus their computer system. I'm kinda scared of losing my acute care skills though so thinking of picking up a PRN in addition to it all.
  6. Visit  areensee profile page
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    Sure, go ahead and pick up acute care shifts. It won't hurt and it would be good insurance. For the first two years I worked per diem for an agency in addition to hospice. What I found though was that I disliked working in the hospital so much, that I really was ready to leave it all behind and focus exclusively on hospice. I don't regret this decision, but until you're ready to make such a commitment, it is always a good idea to keep the door open. I will warn you that in today's climate, if you don't have very recent experience in the hospital, you might find it extremely difficult to get back in once you've closed that door. At least in my community, there are so many new nurses, that hospitals don't have to even bother with older nurses who want to get back in. It's an oversight for sure since older nurses have a world of experience, but that doesn't seem to matter. Perhaps just another affirmation of my decision.
  7. Visit  Jhatchicu profile page
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    Best of luck to you! Hospice nursing calls at me...I have been thinking of applying! Please keep us posted on how you are liking it!!!
  8. Visit  Caffeine_IV profile page
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    Quote from areensee
    Sure, go ahead and pick up acute care shifts. It won't hurt and it would be good insurance. For the first two years I worked per diem for an agency in addition to hospice. What I found though was that I disliked working in the hospital so much, that I really was ready to leave it all behind and focus exclusively on hospice. I don't regret this decision, but until you're ready to make such a commitment, it is always a good idea to keep the door open. I will warn you that in today's climate, if you don't have very recent experience in the hospital, you might find it extremely difficult to get back in once you've closed that door. At least in my community, there are so many new nurses, that hospitals don't have to even bother with older nurses who want to get back in. It's an oversight for sure since older nurses have a world of experience, but that doesn't seem to matter. Perhaps just another affirmation of my decision.
    Lol I don't put myself in the older nurse group yet. I'm just 28yo. I have been away from hospital for a month.
  9. Visit  iluvivt profile page
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    Wow...you nurses are so special. Bless you all.
  10. Visit  Anubis profile page
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    Hey Kate: I've also been having this same thought process. When I got out of nursing school, I had to take the first job I could find, which was analyzing clinical data for QC. I got a kick out of it at first, but find that I spend most of my time finding ways to extrapolate and manipulate patient data (legally, of course) to benefit the doctors, but I don't have direct patient contact at all. After only a year and a half on the job, I'm unhappy and bored. A dear NP friend of mine is trying to get me on at the hospice agency he works for, because hospice was what I originally intended on doing when I started school. I've seen far too many friends die to not feel like there's something I could do, and I think hospice will allow me that opportunity.
  11. Visit  dleechpn profile page
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    The short answer is yes. It becomes your life if you let it. The deeper answer is that hospice is a gift and a calling. You are witness to one of the most trying and intimate time in people's lives. If you are called to do hospice it will not let you do anything else. I love what I do, I love my patient's and families I have been doing hospice for almost 12 years and although it is emotional and physically draining at time, it is a big part of who I am. Don't worry about loss of skills, you will use skills you did not know you had. If you are looking for a 9-5 job it is not for you, however if you want a career that will make a real difference
    In people's lives this just may be your calling. Good luck and know you have a very special group of people around you for support


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