Quote from cardiacfreak
I live in the Midwest and am salaried. I do on call which I think is awesome because I get paid even if I dont get called out. I dont have any suggestions on what company to work for as mine is only based in 3 states, but what concerns me is being "worn out emotionally and mentally". Hospice can be very draining emotionally and mentally, but yes you are right it is very rewarding.
It took me a little while to get my head wrapped around hospice after coming from an acute care setting, but I love what I do now and would never want to go back to working in a hospital.
Thanks for the reply!
I'm sure it is wearing as well, just in a different way.
This is what I'm trying to convey....
I feel like working in critical care we so often torture patients and prolong the inevitable. Hourly finger sticks, multiple lines, drips, being constantly woken, extubated, reintubated, sedation holds, run multiple codes on cancer ridden patients put them through CRRT, bronch etc etc etc. no rest for these poor folks. Family withdrawing patients DNR. those are the things that are wearing me out. I'm certainly no stranger to death I just see it in a completely different setting than hospice does.
The change in specialties would no doubt be quite an adjustment. A whole different way of thinking.
I followed a home hospice nurse for a few shifts when I was in nursing school
and new then at some point my career would lead there. I always enjoy talking to the hospice nurses that come admit our patients when it does happen.
It seems like hospice nurses get the chance to do a lot of good. I Appreciate all that you do!