Hello from a brand new hospice nurse!
Everyone has been excited to congratulate me on my new job, and when they ask me what kind of nursing I do and I reply "hospice", pretty much everyone says either:
"Wow, that is so noble." or "That is so hard...! Only the best kind of people can do that type of thing..." etc.
I have no idea how to respond! I just kind of stand there awkwardly. I definitely don't think that highly of myself... =O
How do you guys respond?
I just say "thank you! I have difficult days but I love what I do. It's definitely not for everyone."
I don't work hospice, but I often get similar comments about working pediatrics only. I also respond as the other poster mentioned, and sometimes I will say "that's the great thing about nursing, there's a speciality for everyone!"
I commonly say something like, "I feel this is where I am supposed to be" or "This was definitely a calling" or "You would be surprised how much good this job makes me feel by helping people at this time of their life." I then get the head nod and start talking about football.
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