I will be graduating in May from an AAS program in TN. I then plan on moving to Cincinnati, OH so I can be closer to my parents who are in ill health. I want to find a hospice position since I know this is something I want to do. I have been a registered respiratory therapist for over 20 years and have many years experience in a state-funded facility for severally disabled and chronically ill clients. I also have worked as a therpist in skilled nurings facilities. I love working with these type patients. On top of that I have a lot of critical care, med-surg experience as an RRT. But everyone is telling me that hospices don't hire new grads or they require many years of med-surg experience. I'm stressed out. Any suggestions for landing the position I want?
Mar 7, '07
The reason hospice organizations don't hire new grads is because the nursing is autonomous. You're out there alone with only your assessment skills to rely upon. The nursing isn't rocket science to be sure but as a case manager, the RN is the one who gets the ball rolling. I have no suggestions that would help you land the position but wanted to let you know why hospices require experience.
Mar 7, '07
Consider looking for an in patient hospice unit. We have one and about two years ago we hired a new graduate who is doing a great job and is still with us. That will allow you the chance to work in hospice and still have the necessary support from seasoned nurses.