I am a new RN, licensed in September. This is a second career for me after retiring from the military, so although I am a new nurse, I do have a fair amount of life experience. While in nursing school
, I worked as a CNA in an inpatient hospice facility and believe without a doubt that hospice is my calling. My last term of school, I completed my preceptorship with a local hospice making home visits. Upon passing boards, I didn't even consider applying to this agency because they have a requirement of 2 years nursing experience. Instead, I obtained a position on med/surg in a smaller local hospital. I like my job as a med/surg nurse and feel that I am gaining tons of valuable experience; however, I don't see myself in this position long term. Well, a couple weeks ago, my preceptor from hospice called me and told me there was a position open and encouraged me to apply. She said the manager was interested in speaking to me if I was interested in the position. I called and spoke with the manager who told me they were interested in me based on my preceptorship and they wanted me to apply even though I didn't have the minimum 2 years. So I applied and had my interview last week. I am feeling pretty confident that an offer is coming. My questions are 1) Am I doing myself and my patients a disservice by not obtaining more med/surg experience? 2) What resources/reading materials do you recommend for a new hospice nurse? Thank you all for your time and insight.
Feb 24, '13
I want to add ... you are the only person who can decide if moving to hospice is right for you. It certainly seems like the universe is trying to get a message through.
The problem is that changing from any specialty to another is a crapshoot. There's no way to predict how you will respond to the demands of the new specialty ... being a beginner plain sucks and it's perfectly possible that you'll find out that hospice isn't for you. Always a good idea to have an exit strategy in mind.
Ultimately, it boils down to whether you're willing to take an honest leap of faith in your own ability to adapt and learn.
Last edit by heron on Feb 24, '13
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