Hospice Nursing for LPNs

  1. i just read a thread that mentioned they worked as a hospice nurse. Can LPNs work in hospice? What do they do ? How can i find which states offer this?? i would love to do this...if it is possible.:spin:
    Last edit by Butterflybee on May 9, '07 : Reason: add on
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  3. by   feisty_lpn
    In Ohio, some hospice providers hire LPNs, some don't. You'll have do some research on the hospice providers in your area. GL.
  4. by   Buckyxj
    In Oklahoma about half of our nurses are LPN's.
  5. by   Butterflybee
    Wow, this is great news for me. This is something ive wanted to do. What do they do though?
  6. by   Stormikris
    I worked in hospice in Canada and am looking to go into that work here also. Where I worked we had a RN and an LPN for the floor with 10 patients 5 each at max. The LPN"s took care of the more "stable" patients but you basically did personal care, repositioning, mouth care, care post "palliative procedures". You are managing pain, nausea, agitation and seizures. A big part is helping the patient and their families transition to death in a caring environment.
  7. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Hi! I've been doing hospice nursing almost 8 years. As an LPN, I do everything the RN does, except admits and recerts. I see patients in their homes, report to the DON, call the doc, assist with pain and symptom management, attend and participate in IDT meetings, attend deaths, etc. Good luck!:spin:
  8. by   caliotter3
    In CA I have worked for several agencies that employed LVNs as hospice nurses. I had hospice patients in an LTC facility that I worked at. It just depends what the particular employer is willing to hire and utilize in their business. For that matter, there are even home health aides or nursing assistants who work in hospice. It depends on the needs of the patient and the agency's hiring practices.
  9. by   Nur_1996
    I am in FL. Work in a inpatient facility. I do the same job as the RN
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I'm in Texas, and the vast majority of our continuous care hospice nurses are LVNs. The continuous care hospice nurse remains at the bedside of an actively dying patient, keeps the pt. comfortable, administers comfort meds such as morphine sulfate and Ativan, repositions them, and gives an occasional bed bath. The hospice nurse also communicates with the family about the condition of their dying loved one, and keeps in close contact with the regular facility nurse.
  11. by   Butterflybee
    can it be dont part time????/
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from butterflybee
    can it be dont part time????/
    It can be done part-time, per diem, PRN, or on an on-call basis.
  13. by   lormil86
    yes lpn could work wit hopsice right here in the state of florida well this company is every it's called VISTAS HOPICE my mother works for them and said it's the best company to work for it pays.basically u work with ill pt that has certain amount of time to live. now i need help from what is the best book to study from
  14. by   DTC
    Do home health care and hospice hire new grads? I know you cant answer for the whole industry,,just curious how many people went straight from school to hh/hospice. Thanks

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