I entered nursing school
so that I could work in hospice. I'm about to graduate with a ADN and have been having some disappontments. Both in one interview and after resume submission I'm told to apply again after a year in med-surg. I HATE med-surg. I know that there are many potential benefits to doing a year in med-surg, but I have a moral conflict with nursing on med-surg units. I feel very strongly that patient autonomy is neglected and ignored. I do not believe in full-codes and do not want to resusitate.
I have years of experience in home hospice as a PCA and wanted to do more with my clients, thus entered RN program. My assessment skills are strong and I have letters of recommendation from my instructors attesting to such. How can I even get an interview if the potential employers don't look past the med-surg?
May 3, '07
The problem that I have with full codes is that the patients that I've had during NSG school are listed as full codes but when you communicate with them they don't REALLy want to be but have given in to pressure from either their family or their doctor. I have spoken to some who have told me that they didn't know they had a choice!
BTW, it seems absolutely bizarre to me to have a patient on hospice without a DNR. To claim Medicare hospice benefit means that the patient only wants palliative care, not life-prolonging measures.
Last edit by nhelkhound on May 3, '07