What makes you love hospice? - page 2

I'm feeling really stressed out at my home health job. Part of it is the endless driving (over 10,000 miles in a few months), part of it is the hectic office atmosphere when I am there, part of it is the ingrateful... Read More

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    RN dyin' to see you? That's good! I've known girls named Randy, so I wasn't making any assumptions that you were a guy. So, the LVN thing must be state by state?

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    RN dying to see you....hehehehe....awesome!
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    Doodlemom, you can call me Randy any day of the week!!!
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    why do i love hospice? it is the caring for others during their last days/weeks and knowing i made a difference. oh, yeah; sometimes families are hit hard, but i have the satisfaction of knowing i made a difference.

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    In FL, LPN's can pronounce when they work for Hospice only. What I love? My patients...the independence some of the others have already mentioned. The opportunity to do "real" nursing. The spiritual component of our work....What I don't like? The fear of "hospice"....Families and facilities who want us for the extra care/services we provide, but want to micromanage care and/or ignore our recommendations....ALF and SNIF staffers who resent us....MD's who are afraid to prescribe pain meds for their patients...hospice MD's who are afraid to prescribe pain meds for their patients....some of the politics and/or fiscal reasons that may direct our care.
    Boy, this could be a really long thread...
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    One reason why I believe that I am especially suited for hospice is that I served as a squad leader in the infantry in the Viet Nam War. I was faced with the prospect of death each day for about a year. I was surrounded by my fellow soldiers who also faced death every day. As a result of the same, I developed "defense" and "coping" mechanisms which the general public doesn't have. In Vietnam, I, also, had to counsel many of my squad members and others who faced death every day.
    Most individuals don't think seriously about death until it approaches.
    I "learned" to face death and to cope with it. I "learned" to help others cope with it.
    In hospice, I feel uniquely qualified to help my hospice patients cope with the same also, because of the aforementioned.
    I served with the U.S. Army;4th Inf. Div.;2/8th Inf.;Republic of Vietnam 1969-1970
    Itshamrtym and Kitty Gatita, RN like this.
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    i can't even begin to understand the intensity of your job in vietnam.
    God love you sir.
    God love you.

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    Hospice is my career goal. I have felt a 'pull' toward this direction for quit sometime (from personal experience). I feel I need a little more experience under my belt to be able to do the job and pt. justice. I truly feel it is a great privelage for pt and families to allow you to be a part of such a personal part of their lives. I truly feel this is where I belong
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    RN dying to see you. ROFL
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    Quote from rndyn2cu
    gee golly i sure hope our lvn's can pronunce death!!! or we is in a whole lotta trouble out here in southern california!!! yeah guys, it's legal. by the by, take a close look at my call letters, and read them like a license plate, it's cute that you all call me randy, but i'm a chick named leslie...(tee hee) see if any one gets my macabre play on letters...i'm dying to find out! (hint hint)
    hi randy!:hehe:
    Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Aug 9, '08 : Reason: already guessed

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