I'm a nursing student graduating in May 2007. Just this past week, I had my first experience with hospice. I have to say, I didn't know what to expect and honestly, I was afraid. I went to a hospice inn out here on long island. When I arrived, I was so amazed. It was such a comforting place, warm and the staff was very light hearted
I've always heard that hospice nurses were strong, kind and amazing people. Well, I certainly received a taste of that. I had this amazing nurse J, who showed me things and explained things to me. I loved it
Coming from that experience, I have a completely different view about death and dying. Completely different. I'm writing about this today because while working in my clinical today, there was a patient who was actively dying and the team of physicians were working so hard to keep him alive even though he was actively dying. Hospice was such a tranquil experience for me. I can definitely see myself working as a hospice nurse someday.
I can see why my friends love it so much. Just thought I would share