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Been poking around on this site while in school and found your shared experiences both eye opening and helpful. As a new LPN grad (ceremony this Friday night!) I've got a query regarding employment.
As you can see by my login, I want to be a hospice nurse, this is why I attended school and knowing that got my through my darkest school days.
I've put in 4 job apps at hospitals and one at a hospice house. The only reply I've received is from the hospice house. I've gone on two interviews and am shadowing on Wed. I want this job, but I'm afraid after reading some posts that I won't utilize the skills it took me so long to learn in school. The director assures me that anything I've learned I'll apply, but honestly, do you think I should do a year somewhere else? Don't know where that somewhere else would be right now since NOBODY is answering me.
Thanks for your help all. You rock!
I'll give you my answer.
Personally, yes, I think you should do a year somewhere else before taking a hospice job.
I have been on the same job for 25 years, in MR/DDS and believe me, you do lose skills if you don't use them. It's also hard to keep up with advancements made in our field. But it can be done. We have 2 nurses on my job....one was a school nurse for about 15 yrs, and the other went to work for a dr. right out of school, for about 8 yrs, I think, now they work where I do. It was hard, and they had alot of adjustments to make, but they both pulled thru.
I went to work in LTC on a part time job for awhile, and I had to get other nurses to help with me with IV pumps/IV care.
When I went to school in 1973, they didn't teach us things then that they teach today. I never had any IV training, for example.
After I got out of school, and got my license, I went to work in a hospital for a year, and that experience did me well for as long as it did, but alot of things I encountered then are even outdated now. Heck it's been so long ago, I can't even remember much from that time.
Maybe you could do a year of med/surg, then go hospice, and then maybe do a day or two now and then in the hospital, or a LTC just to keep up with things. There are all kinds of possibilities.
One thing I did many years ago, I worked for a nurses registry for awhile and I loved it. I got to go to different places, and the pay was almost double, at that time, what I could get in a LTC.
Hope that helps some.
Hey, read flamingochic's post.....she was a hospice nurse for a long time, so she might have some things to say you might be interested in.