Are you going to work in the community?
Consider a membership in the :
Essential books - which I have used and continue to use:
978 199332342 |
Other Essentials :
(print out and keep close by ...)
Patient Symptom Management Guides - CCO
Phone Apps Essentials:
App Library - CCO
- symptom management
Fast Facts : Palliative Care Fast Facts on the App Store
Navigation : Google Maps - Navigation & Transit on the App Store
two 1 inch ring binder in which you can place your "hospice nurse brain" - organization is king in community hospice nursing! One binder for all the "information" - phone lists, cheat sheet that has information about the routine medications that your hospice uses, list with funeral homes in the area, and so on. The second binder is for all the forms - especially pronouncement forms, communication forms, medication grids, contracts, admission paperwork etc.
Small car organizer or similar with essentials for road warrior nurses: phone charger with cable !! (otherwise you end up in trouble when using your phone as primary GPS), notepad, hands free option for the phone, pens, small trash bags (4 gallon bags), Febreze or similar, travel size lint roller.
I also had some supplies in the trunk including water, snacks that can withstand heat/cold like crackers, extra set of scrubs
, umbrella, small kid size shovel for winter and broom, small plastic box for info brochures, education material etc..
If you are going to work in home hospice (which also includes assisted living and nursing homes, perhaps the occasional visit in a hospital), start with the core curriculum - it is one of the best books for palliative/hospice nursing. It is important to understand the underlying ideas and concepts because this kind of nursing is different....
For the binders and what else to have in your car:
When you go through orientation ask the nurse who orients you, if she has a binder/ organizer and if you could have copies of what she considers essentials. Some places already assemble it for a new hospice nurse because we all rely on similar systems to organize.
When you are getting closer to the end of your orientation and you are getting ready to make your first visits alone, make sure you ask your orienting colleague and in addition some other senior nurses who seem friendly if you could have their cell phone number to call in case you have a question. Most will be ok because that is another thing with home hospice - you are by yourself and naturally there will be situations where you need an opinion or are unsure of what to do. Most will be ok and even offer you to call them "anytime" - program those numbers right into your phone!
Make sure you always have the on call nurse number as well if you overlap.
Sit down one day and program all numbers in your phone, which will save you so much time later! Your fellow nurses you trust and you will call, your team members, manager, educator, supply company, pharmacy where you will order medication for hospice, non emergency number for the local fire dept if you have to call for "lifting assist", the nursing homes and assisted livings that you will frequent and the local hospital, large physician offices that you deal with regularly, hospice medical director, and so on...