I am an RN student and we had 2 days in hospice care to shadow an RN. I simply adore the concept of Hospice, but after this week's shadowing, I have a sour taste about it. Please let me know if this is "typical" or simply a bad nurse?
My nurse went to a chain drugstore, to pick up "discounted v-day chocolates", and spent 30mins there. she did this both days. When visiting pts, the only remotely medical skills she used were auscultating the heart and lungs (barely?!?) and BP (although i caught her 2x inflating only to 80....then telling the pt he had a 120/XX bp). she asked when the last BM was, and general "how are you feeling?". with every pt, she either proceeded to play with their pets, chit chat about vacations/ small talk with the family, and shoot-the-breeze with her pts.
Granted, I am thankful that none of the pts were in such a sickly state that I had to witness anything truly heartbreaking, but WHAT WAS THE POINT OF HER VISIT?
I truly didnt see her document even one BP. No medications were administered, no general physical assessment (edema, pressure ulcers, etc). If i was medicare/family paying for this service, i would be ticked.
The nurse seemed to truly adore her patients and was very kind, but can someone please explain to me if this is standard hospice care?