I am a med-surg RN trying to transition out of the hospital into a new venue. I've interviewed for two hospice positions and have a few questions about skill set. I passed on the first job after finding that I wouldn't have much orientation for the on-call position; I don't expect anyone to hold my hand but do hope to have resources and training as I acclimate. They felt that I would 'learn as I go', never something I want to hear when trying to move into a new area with patients and families depending on me! Onwards and upwards - the second position sounds better - getting my feet wet doing visits and admissions with another nurse before moving to an on-call position in 3-6 months.
My question: this agency told me they were primarily interested in me because of my recent years in med-surg. They said IV certification, wound care, familiarity with PICCs / PAC / PCA / wound vacs would be very important skills for their patient population. Of course, I would be comfortable with that but am a bit surprised to hear it is so common. Do you guys regularly use these skills? Are they appropriate for the home environment in many cases? Any issues you've run across?
Thank you in advance for any replies. I enjoy lurking here and learning from you all!