I was recently given the opportunity to work with hospice nurses two days in a row, as two of our month long critically ill pts' DR's decided there was nothing more that could be done for the pts and called in hospice.
The hospice RN who came in was so helpful! She wrote a few orders (which I carried out) and spoke with the family, and even took a few minutes to help me (a new nurse in an ICU dealing with my first deaths) feel a little better. She seemed to intuitively pick up on my pain, even as she was dealing with the much more urgent needs of the family, and offered words of support and encouragement.
Over the past weekend, I have been thinking about Hospice nursing as a possible career down the road. (I dont want to give up the awesome ICU job I have now!)
But I have some questions.
1) What is a typical day like for a hospice nurse?
2) How many hours are you on call?
3) Is there a difference in the "types" of hospice nurses? For example, some go to the hospital and offer "In-House" services, some go to the pt's homes, and some work at the beautiful and peaceful hospice houses. What kind of place would someone trained in the CVICU (no oncology) be best suited for?
4) Are traveling opportunities available for the Hospice RN?
5) Would any Hospice program accept a PRN RN for 1 day a week (while working another job, not needing benes) to help ease someone into the position down the road?
Thanks you wonderful people!