I am starting with Hospice!

  1. I am orienting with Hospice next week and I am very excited. I will be doing per diem 1-2 days a week to start. I'm sure I have alot to learn.......
    Wish me luck!



    Blessings,
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   sunnygirl272
    hip-hip hooray!!!!
    good luck...you will learn alot...but you will find it is one th eof the most rewarding nursing specialties...
  4. by   aimeee
    Woo-hoo! That is wonderful! Congratulations! I know you will find it a tremendous growth experience.
  5. by   renerian
    Good for you! I have been a hospice volunteer for over 10 years!

    renerian
  6. by   DACCKN
    FANTASTIC!!! I KNOW I'M AT THE PERFECT PLACE, KNOW HOW? WHEN I GET TO THAT POINT, I HAVE COMPLETE FAITH AND TRUST IN MY CO-WORKERS, AND THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF ME :}, OR ANYONE OF MY FAMILY.
    NOW THAT IS QUITE A STATEMENT ABOUT YOUR PLACE OF WORK HUH?
    CONGRATS CARGAL.
    DACCKN
  7. by   cargal
    Thanks everyone, I am excited. I was unsure if I wanted to drive and get in and out of my car, but I thought I would pack some healthy snacks and some great music. I love my residents in LTC, but found the staffing ratios antiquated and saw way too many residents that should have been hospice, not only for pain, etc, but for family support. Wish me luck.
    Allnurses Rock!


    Blessings,
  8. by   Lucy RN
    Good luck Carrie! I have found that this is the most rewarding nursing that I have ever done. I had some fears at first because everything was so new but once you learn the ropes, it will feel great. Your patients will be lucky to have you!!
  9. by   Woodchuck
    Carrie,

    Congratualtions! I'm debating switching over to hospice from med-surg. From most sources the specialty seems to promote good and consistent staff morale, which I think is so essential to enduring job satisfaction. Please keep us posted on how you're enjoying your new position.
  10. by   cargal
    Funny woodchuck,
    I was just perusing this forum today. I love the hospice position. The pay isn't great, but it sure beats hating to go to work. I love the other nurses and the support staff and I love being able to help the patients, even in this time of the end of their life. It is still to early in my hospice career, so I haven't seen alot of younger people die yet, and I'm sure that will be tough,
    Right now, my biggest challenge is arriving a the homes of the dying patient and supporting the family, even if I never met them before: if I am on call and there is a death, I go, or , as per diem, I fill in for the other nurses and may not have met a family then go to the death. So, not having a previous relationship with the family is tough, but you just kinda wing it and give support and positive feedback on the care that they gave. So far, I really love it.
    Thanks for asking woodchuck!
  11. by   majrn
    I am so jealous, I too would like to pursue hospice nursing, I have been med/surg/onc nurse for 14 yrs. I would prefer though to do inpt hospice. Our unit does some inpt hospice so I've had a taste but think I would like to do only inpt hospice without the other mixed in. Cant change now for family reasons but would like to someday. Good luck Carrie!
  12. by   Genista
    Carrie-
    Just checking in. How are things going with your new job (by now it's been a few months). I hope it's still going great!
  13. by   Scavenger'sWife
    I love Hospice, too! As Home Health, I occasionally get Hospice and I have worked Hospice in the past. It is a wonderful job and so special! Hope you are still enjoying it! God Bless you!
  14. by   cargal
    Sorry, I haven't been online for awhile. Moved out and started full time all on the same day. I really like my new job, but like most nursing jobs I feel as though I am on a treadmill. My cell phone bill is out of sight, and my husband (soon to be my ex) is complaining about that bill and the gas bill. Once I get these straightened out and can learn to balance my time better, I hope things are easier. I find myself to be one of the idiots driving with cell phones ( although I try to limit this to emergencies and crisises. Every patient is a challenge- from ALS to CA to ES Renal and ES Dementia. The psychosocial component is immense and the knowledge base must be solid, which I feel I lack sometimes, but one can always find another nurse to ask. Being out of the office, it may take a few days to solve. Of course if it is pressing, I call right away. My cell phone is $250! I see ES Cardiac or CHF alot. The driving distance between pts can be up to 90 minutes and the on call is draining. I do love the autonomy and on a good day, I am done a little early, I can go home- but I run the risk of my beeper going off, so I try not to go far. I can go to a park to chart- but before anyone thinks this is too much, it is few and far between-most often I am anwsering phone calls and getting orders late, on my own cell phone and my own time. All in all, though, it is better than being on my feet all day.
    One of the hardest parts is dealing with families, who have the last say when it comes to care- from medications to dressing changes. There is alot of noncompliance and a lot of educating needs- from end of life care 101 to palliative nutrition and med administration.
    Thanks for thinking of me, all of you.

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