Hi all, i am an lpn in rn school. I am working in an alf. Just wanted to share my little bit of hospice experience and how i enjoy working w hospice pts now.
I went to nursing school while i was in high school. My very first clinical i was 17, and that very first day we did post mortem care, and it scared the heck out of me.
3/4 years later i started working at my current job. My first hospice pt moved in for a week then passed. I gave SL morphine for the first time and his eyes rolled in the back of his head, this made my hospice fear even worse.
Recently, one our well known residents was put on hospice. He declined quickly. One night i helped the aides clean him up and after they left i did mouth care and spent time with him.
I got such a good, odd feeling from this, like it felt right. Like i was making a difference.
(Not to sound corny
) the next am he passed. I was so glad i got to spend some of his last hours with him. It is an honor to take care of someone before they leave our world. I commend all of you hospice nurses...and i think i might have found the specialty for me.