Taking a leap of FAITH

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    hi there. i needed to get this off of my chest as i have been wondering about what my future holds. i just accepted a full time position on a hospice unit. i have been working on a very busy hospital floor with critical patients. i took a prn job on a hospice unit and fell in love. so i took a leap of faith and resigned from my hospital job to join the ranks of the hospice nurses. i have been a nurse for 5 years...those of you who have been there and done that on the floor as a nurse, do/did you ever feel like...'i'm done. i'm over this?' while on leave, i just decided, i don't want to go back to the floor. i'm stuck in a job that i don't like anymore. has this ever happened to you? i really enjoy working in hospice.

    thanks for your time,

    happyjaxrn
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    i am a believer in always following your heart.
    best of everything!

    leslie
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    JUMP! I followed a similar path by taking a relief position at our hospice inpatient unit and then taking a job there as soon as I could. It was the best decision I could have made. After 12 years as an ER nurse and 3 years in cardiac nursing it has renewed my energy and passion for holistic nursing care . It is no less busy than the ER. Critical thinking and quick action are a must in symptom management which can change by the minute. Other skills needed are diplomacy, patience, and a Macgyver like quality. Take advantage of support groups or debriefings for yourself and enjoy your patients. It is an amazing time of life.

    As Sir William Osler said" To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.
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    I had that same feeling while I was out on medical FMLA for 3 weeks after lap chole and R-CTR and was writing evals and reports with my left hand, I am R handed. I didn't want to go back to my job as a manager, hated reports, time sheets, etc. I went back but did not stay long and went to Hospice and that was 9 years ago. I still love what I am doing and realize that this is what I went to school for, holistic nursing, independent work and the respect of docs and peers. Good luck in your new job. yeah:
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    Quote from happyjaxrn
    hi there. i needed to get this off of my chest as i have been wondering about what my future holds. i just accepted a full time position on a hospice unit. i have been working on a very busy hospital floor with critical patients. i took a prn job on a hospice unit and fell in love. so i took a leap of faith and resigned from my hospital job to join the ranks of the hospice nurses. i have been a nurse for 5 years...those of you who have been there and done that on the floor as a nurse, do/did you ever feel like...'i'm done. i'm over this?' while on leave, i just decided, i don't want to go back to the floor. i'm stuck in a job that i don't like anymore. has this ever happened to you? i really enjoy working in hospice.

    thanks for your time,

    happyjaxrn




    hi happy jax,
    i know exactly what you mean. i am a brand new nurse just graduated a year. i got a job straight from clinicals on the med/surg/oncology floor. i knew in school that i was not a med/surg nurse but my clinical instructor said to take 6 months to a year to get stronger in skills. while in school i just felt drawn to the hospice field and after discussing it with many friends they thought that i would be wonderful at it. while still on med/surg i decided to see what would happen and put in my application and resume on a in hospice unit and low and behold got hired on the spot. i quit the hospital and am brand new to the hospice unit but loving it so far and am so glad i did the what if. i can see that i a going to be a very happy nurse for a very long time and hospice is truely my calling. you never know where things will take you until you make the plunge my advice is just don't burn bridges from where you came from in case you have to go back.
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    I have been working in dialysis for 10 years, and have been knowing it was time for a change for a couple of years now, but have been resisting moving out of my comfort zone. After a lot of soul-searching & prayer, I got a full-time position for hospice agency. Today was my last day at the dialysis clinic. I start next week at hospice. I have to admit that I am nervous & excited at the same time, and really hope that I am making a good decision. Other nurses I know who work in hospice really love their work & describe it as a spiritual atmosphere.


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