Quote from Hospice Nurse LPN
I'm in agreement w/ the other posters. I came to hospice w/ 3 yrs experience and was on the phone LOTS w/ my CM the first 6 months or so. You will need to have sharp assessment skills and be able to anticipate problems for both the pt and the family. A good knowledge of the progression for different diseases is very important as well as managing pain and symptoms. Where I work, our doc just asks "what do you want to try?" You didn't mention if the job offer was in patient or in the field. I was also wondering why you waited 5 years to take your boards. I'd check the reputation of the company before I commited to the offer. Good luck and keep us posted.
I also wondered why one would wait 5 years before taking the boards? There are alot of reasons I am sure.. But... if you don't use it you lose it.
I know that I was extremely lucky.. and I mean lucky to have been hired as an IP, and get my license within 3 months of graduation. I worked for 6 years... acute beside, and did float pool for 2 of those years, I held certification in Tele, Chemo Cert, and Post Partum.. lots of surgical and med experience too. I also worked 3 years home health as a case manager. BEFORE I DID HOSPICE.
Yes, I have strong assessment skills, I have not uncomfortable admitting that. I also am not uncomfortable saying, had I not had this experience.. I wouldn't be independent, think on my feet and have effective clinical management of my hospice patients.
I came to hospice 8 years ago. I was a very strong clinical RN. BUT!! I needed to be supported and trained. I would say, with that background. A good 2 years before I felt comfortable enough walking into a situation where family is nutsy cooko and telling them here is how it is. Its second nature now. but it was hard as hell early on.
I would suggest one thing.. WORK HOME HEALTH A YEAR. then consider hospice.