Hospice Nurses...please read my thread - page 3

I'm a RN who has worked in hospitals and acute-care settings for years. It was always too many patients, not enough help/support. I began to feel anxious about going in each evening feeling that the... Read More

  1. Visit  eileenis1} profile page
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    That would be an excellent idea.
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  3. Visit  Joe NightingMale} profile page
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    What a great thread.

    Seeing hospice in action inspired me to become an RN. I'm now working in an inner-city med-surg unit. While I'm managing OK, it's not really what I want long-term. I find I far more enjoy interacting with the patients than with the paperwork. And I don't like the lack of control.

    I've thought about a number of different directions, but I've never forgotten hospice. Maybe that's what I need to do.
  4. Visit  tewdles} profile page
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    Quote from Joe NightingMale
    What a great thread.

    Seeing hospice in action inspired me to become an RN. I'm now working in an inner-city med-surg unit. While I'm managing OK, it's not really what I want long-term. I find I far more enjoy interacting with the patients than with the paperwork. And I don't like the lack of control.

    I've thought about a number of different directions, but I've never forgotten hospice. Maybe that's what I need to do.
    I replied to another post of yours. Male nurses are not common in hospice and the diversity is sorely needed. Give hospice a thought...you may find your calling.
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  5. Visit  Cree8ive1} profile page
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    Thank you so very, very much for this heartfelt account of your journey into hospice nursing.

    I am a new nurse with just six months' experience under my belt. I have so very, very much to learn. The way you described your experience working in the hospital before you became a hospice nurse is how I feel every single shift. I get sick to my stomach, sometimes, before heading into work, never knowing what's going to greet me...no support staff, not enough nurses, patients too sick for my unit, supervisors that just don't care, etc.

    I went into nursing school with the sole intent of working in hospice. Both of my parents were in hospice care at the end of their battles with multiple sclerosis. The heartbreaking problem I'm having, besides a supposedly saturated job market, is the fact that I don't have nearly enough experience yet to be a hospice nurse, my true lifelong passion and dream, and I don't know if I have the mettle to make it through two years of the hospital hell I need to make it through to even get a hospice company to talk to me.

    Anyway, thanks for reconfirming for me that I need to figure out how to get on the palliative care/hospice path. Do you know if newer nurses are ever hired into the hospice specialty? I'd welcome every minute of orientation they'd give me. I'm in southern New Jersey.

    Thanks again for your moving words. They were beautiful!
  6. Visit  rnrainy} profile page
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    I could have been the one to write the first 2 paragraphs of your post, Mary. That is exactly how I feel, and I am so thrilled to know I am not alone out here. Thank you for your inspiration!
  7. Visit  FayeDB} profile page
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    I too have been a hospital floor nurse for 12 years quit for 2 and stayed home. I'm going to be returning to work and lately have felt compelled spiritually and drawn to the idea of hospice nursing. I just applied for a job, waiting to here. I went and bought a book and have been reading on these 2 hospice nurses and their stories of taking care of patients and it's been such an eye opener and so educating and empowering. For the first time in nursing I can honestly say I am excited about my future. I'm not sure if I will for sure go into hospice, but it's definately on my heart and feel right for this time in my life. With lots of prayer, support and maybe encouragement from other nurses I will discover who I really am in nursing. Thank so much. Any replies welcome
  8. Visit  FayeDB} profile page
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    Can you recommend some names of hospice companies? I live in OKlahoma.


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