First off I want to say that I have tremendous respect for what Youu guys do.
I have worked as an LPN for 2 years in LTC, did some home health as both a nurse and a CNA. Needless to say I have seen my fair share of death and met some really terrific hospice nurses. I am nearing the end of my RN bridge and starting to think about what area (other than ltc) that I might want to work in. I love my current position and want to remain there at least part time as they have been so great working with me on my schedule while in school, plus it is just a great company. Anyway, I feel the need to branch out a bit and I was wondering if perhaps hospice is something I might want to do. I don't much care for the hospital environment, I perfer to connect with people on a more personal level, which I don't see happening much in most acute environments. But on the other hand ought I try to do acute care just for the sake of experience?
I have a few reservations... How do I know that this is something that I can handle emotionally? Is it different when you have a young patient (child-middle aged)?? I ask that because I think that would be hard for me. I mean terminal illness is sad in anyone; my great-grandmother died a few weeks ago and I adored her so on a personal level I was sad but she was well into her 90s and led a full life, had temendous faith in god, lived to see her grand kids, great-grandkids, and even a few great-greats... how could I be too mad/sad about that?? But if she had been a 40 y/o mother of school aged children that was terminal like a woman that I assisted as a home health CNA
, well that's another story.
Hospice is not something that I thought I would do, but feel myself sort of gravitating toward it more. I only see hospice nurses come in for a visit or near the end of life: what is day to day work like?? how do you know if its for you? What do you like/dislike about your job?
Any advice/guidence that you guys could offer would be greatly appreciated.