What does it take to be a hospice nurse? I am a very new RN (3 months) working on a busy telemetry floor. I am currently working on a BSN and will graduate in April of 09. I have planned to stay on this unit in the hospital until then, but have made no plans for after.
My friend works as a CNA for a hospice. She loves it, but she cannot really tell me about the RN side of it. It sounds like an AWESOME field!
One of the aspects I like most about nursing is the "caring" part of it. I truely LOVE my patients and want them to be comfortable, both emotionally and physically. It's hard because sometimes i do not have the time to talk to a patient about their feelings associated with their illness while they are in the hospital.... I am so busy with my assignment.
Hospice nursing sounds appealing to me. But I do not really know too too much about it. I would love to be able to make patients comfortable during the end of life... Be there for them and their family... and give them that one on one care without other call lights going off. it just sounds like a great, awesome, fulfilling job.
Can you tell me about your hospice job and what your duties are?