I originally got into nursing with being a hospice nurse in my plans. First, I went to med surge, to gain experience, and have been doing that for over 3 years now. So, I feel like I have enough experience under my belt to have the autonomy required for being a hospice nurse. I've been studying and reading these threads for the past few months. I hope I have what it takes. If there is such thing as a calling, I do feel that feeling for hospice as I've been on the other side and treated not so good by my parents hospice nurse. I want to make a difference and do for other's what our hospice nurse didn't do for us. I know now that I should have spoke up but I was just too ignorant at the time in my life.
I would like to know more. I would like to know more about what skills are used in the field. I can insert foleys, perform trach care, start IVs although im not too good at that skill, etc. I do have a lot of compassion to give and like I said I've been studying about the stages of dying, etc.
If there is anybody that can give me words of encouragement, please feel free. I think about this all the time and I applied for a case mgmt position last week. I know it will be stressful work but am I jumping out of the frying pan into the fire by leaving med surge? I feel like I'm burning ou in med surge. 12 hour shifts and walking miles every day are physically getting to me. And I don't feel that it's fair for my patient o have an unhappy nurse taking care of them. I need this change to hospice so bad!