I'm an ICU nurse of many years and, for a variety of reasons, have recently been looking for a new job. I saw an ad in the local paper for an RN Case Manager at a local Hospice agency and decided to investigate. The more I learned about what a Hospice nurse does, the more I realized that is what I would like to do. I interviewed for the job and was getting very excited about the position. Today the Hospice agency called and told me that, while I was a strong candidate, the job went to someone who is a Nurse Practitioner.
My question is, is there anything particular that employers look for when hiring a Hospice nurse? Is there something I should be doing now to make me a better candidate when another position opens up? Are there many advanced practice nurses working in hospice?
I believe that I have what it takes to be a good hospice nurse. Now that I've "discovered" the specialty, I plan to hang in there until I find a position. After working in the ICU, it feels like the right direction for me to go.
Feb 10, '05
I think hospice care is wonderful; my own father utilized it and I had a great respect for my Dad's hospice nurse, who was very supportive to me as well as my dying father.
Am currently investigating opportunities for hospice nursing in my area as I feel it is a good 'fit' for me as well. Some of my most rewarding times in ICU have been helping a patient and family through their last days.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Feb 10, '05