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Joined Jun 20, '05.
She has '12' year(s) of experience.
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The problem is, I love my littles!
OMG, for anyone who hasn't watched the video, you must stop whatever you're doing and watch!
I've used it myself...I'm interested in the reason, too..
Yes, I was very, very lucky to have a great hospice mentor and supervisor. I didn't have any problem whatsoever. I think it was because I knew in my heart that it was what I wanted to do. I totally understood the hospice concept long before I even became a nurse, because we had hospice for my Mom. However, I don't they did nearly as good a job as they could have, but that's another story. Hospice is very "gentle" - I don't know another way to describe it. You do have to change your mindset from "how can we fix this" to "how we can help this person and their loved ones be comfortable" which are two entirely different things. That's the biggest challenge. Your focus is on what the patient and family wants. Sometimes the families and patients are at odds with their loved ones decision. It takes a lot of education and TLC from you to help them through this. As far as skills, the most important to me are looking at non-verbal signs of pain and discomfort. Try and be keenly aware of what that patient is telling you, either verbally or non-verbally. Try to think "how could I make this more comfortable for me (or my family). I dunno....I think hospice nurses are "born" and it's hard to describe it. You either have a feeling for it, or not. So many people said "Oh, I don't know how you can do hospice". My response was always. How can I not? I know I can't fix what's wrong but I do have the ability to make the patient comfortable and as pain-free as possible. That's a gift, to me.
OK, I'll get off the hospice soap box now. I do hope I answered your question. If you'd like, you can PM me with more questions.
Heck yes it sounds ignorant. But my point of making it sound ignorant was beause the OP sounded just as ignorant as i did degrading young/new nurses. So how come an older more experienced nurse can sound ignorant but i can't? should i light the fire and say "we shouldn't hire over weight nurses?" how is that any different than saying we need to stop hiring young/new/cute nurses because that is what she was implying. So if she can get away with saying that, tahn i can get away with "We need to stop hiring overweight nures" (I certainly do not think that at all im just using an example that really gets to people so they can relate)
I never said those were my only qualifications. codes do not scare me. I have ACLS and have been in lots of codes. We have one telemetry nurse delegated to carry the code pager and i have to code pager from time to time. Times have changed, and all i can say is that from a BUSINESS stand point it is a smart move. Think about it in more simpe terms...you run open a pizza shop you chose between two people:
1) a 50 year old with excellent skills, really good at making pizza. Years of experience, maybe more t than you. The 50 year old is demanding you pay 15/hour.
2) a 24 year old with developing skills. He/she is eager to learn from your already hired employees. They are great with customers. They are ok with miniumum wage.
I know this isn't pizza we're talking about. But i would go with the 24 year old? Is there a little ageism with nursing?? you betcha!! Would hospitals admit it? nope. They are going to think of any excuse other than the nurses age. Yea it will suck when that time comes for me, but it isn't about me.
In response to caregiver 1977, yes the teacher's aides are responsible for changing the kids at our school....
You hit the nail right on the head, as usual, Commuter! I always enjoy reading your articles
I think of it this way.....If I see 40 kids/today and 30 were minor booboos and I called on each, that would be 30 calls at a minimum. 30 calls x 3 minutes/call = 90 minutes or 1.5 hrs, just making phone calls! Never mind, the parents that have 2 or 3 different phone numbers you have to call. Nobody is saying any serious injury, or head bumps or anything that leaves a mark shouldn't be brought to parents attention, but geesh!! Is that how they want you spending your time?
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