I have been working as a RN for 10 months in a LTC/Rehab facility. I graduated from an entry level master's program, so I have a MSN degree, and just that 10 months of experience.
I very much want to get into hospice work. I did my community health rotation at a hospice, I have taken care of some hospice patients at the facility where I am working currently, and I did my master's thesis on palliative care/ hospice of elderly patients with ESRD.
My long term career goal is to get certification as a palliative care nurse practitioner.
I have an interview lined up at an inpatient hospice unit. I really don't know what to expect in terms of patient ratio, acuity, etc.
At my facility where I am currently employed, I am a NOC nurse and I have 60 patients, plus all the extra duties, and I find that I just can't do the work within the shift. I frequently have to stay overtime to finish charting.
So, that is my main complaint about where I am working now, there's just not enough time to take care of all the patients properly, do a med pass for 60 patients, all the documentation, and handle emergencies when they arise (and they frequently do).
Will the work load be better at an inpatient hospice facility?