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  1. How Do You Explain to People Why You Chose Hospice?
    I tell them that I see dying as a part of life. Some nurses work in labor and delivery and are present at the beginning of life, and some work in hospice and are present at the end of life. Everyone...
    Sep 21
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  2. Is this OK?
    This kind of thing happens a lot, and I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. If you think that you would be happier working for the doctor, then be thankful for the opportunity and go for it. Sometimes...
    Sep 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Working in Hospice
    Well, I'm no fan of agency nursing either, as you can probably tell. I never worked in hospice through an agency, but I did work in the hospital setting through a few, and it was pretty rough. Brand...
    Sep 21
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  4. Working in Hospice
    I would never go with an agency for trying hospice nursing for the first time. I have worked for agencies, and you're right. They throw you to the wolves after four hours of orientation, or eight...
    Sep 21
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  5. Answering the phone without accidental patient information release?
    Also check to see if your facility has a policy in place where the family members can create a password with the hospital staff for when they call for updates on the patient. If someone calls and...
    Sep 20
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  6. best i quit or fired story
    A new nurse at a facility that I used to work at just didn't "get it", even after many weeks of orientation. She was sassy, disrespectful to patients, and lazy. One day she called half an hour before...
    Sep 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Hospice DX not dementa
    That's exactly what I was wondering when I read the OP. If she has no other health problems besides her dementia and she has lost weight but has a healthy appetite, then she doesn't really sound...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  8. Is per diem nights fairly manageable for non-night owls?
    I disagree with most of the previous comments. I am very much a morning person, but after our son was born (23 years ago now!), when I did go back to work, I did per diem 7p-7a shifts and I had no...
    Sep 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. What kind of shift report was that?
    You know, even when I worked in LTC and had the same patients day after day, I still didn't feel okay about getting a report like this. "Nothing new" indicates that absolutely NOTHING whatsoever has...
    Sep 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. What kind of shift report was that?
    I've gotten report before from a nurse who waited until five minutes before I got there to make calls to several physicians regarding changes in her patients. It went something like this: "Mr....
    Sep 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Sepsis as Hospice Diagnosis
    That's what I was thinking too. Sepsis isn't like typical end stage illnesses in that it can be cured in most people with aggressive treatment. If they are too weak and compromised to overcome the...
    Sep 19
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  12. New hospice nurse with questions
    Are you seeing patients next week, or does that alternate with being on call? The company that I just accepted a position with does it like this: week one, nurse 1 does visits but isn't on call. week...
    Sep 18
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  13. Sepsis as Hospice Diagnosis
    I'm getting confused here between AFTT and Debility. Are they considered the same diagnosis but with a different name? I was a hospice intake nurse a couple of years ago, and I was familiar with...
    Sep 18
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  14. Would you like your job more if you were paid more?
    No. If you really love something, you love it regardless of how much money is involved. For example, I love American History, and if we could afford it and we lived in an area with a lot of...
    Sep 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Should high absenteeism be cause to be fired?
    I am currently employed in a department that cannot keep staff. They train them, they work a couple of months, and they quit. As a result, they are way too lenient with sick calls. I understand when...
    Sep 17
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  16. I Lost All Respect For A Colleague Today
    And if Heidi does indeed stay behind, she is going to feel dirty and used and rotten and wonder how he could have just *left* her, his lover, behind, even while Dr. Dick moves on with his life and...
    Sep 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. The Worst Nursing Job You Ever Had
    a couple of years ago I would have said LTC, but that was before I worked as a dialysis nurse for one of the "Big Two" dialysis corporations. Working in the chronic unit is basically an assembly...
    Sep 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. I Lost All Respect For A Colleague Today
    Heidi possibly does know Mrs. Dick, since Dr. Dick told the story about his wife puking in a patient's wastebasket when the patient described his BM to her, indicating that Mrs. Dick is possibly a...
    Sep 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. I Lost All Respect For A Colleague Today
    Heidi "gets her scrubs tailored so they fit her just so"? Oh, someone PLEASE, pass me that patient's wastebasket! Anyway, in all of my years of working on hospital units, I have seen my own share...
    Sep 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. Today I learned...
    When I used to do hospice info visits with prospective clients and their families, I always told them that it does happen on occasion where someone actually improves and "graduates" from hospice,...
    Sep 15
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  21. Would You Be Willing to do This?
    If fixing it means hiring and training nurses repeatedly, only to see them quit within the first year, then I guess you could say that they are trying to fix it, but obviously, without the result...
    Sep 15
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  22. Joint Commission had me for lunch.
    I see, and thanks for clearing that up. I have never worked for a facility that didn't have JC come in, and it's always a huge ordeal that everyone dreads.
    Sep 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Joint Commission had me for lunch.
    Can a facility opt out of JC evaluations? I thought this was required by law to be an accredited healthcare facility. If you aren't accredited, then a lot of insurance plans won't reimburse for your...
    Sep 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Would You Be Willing to do This?
    We have a couple of nurses in our department who have been doing it for years too, and seem to be okay with it. They are older, single, and have no one at home, so it doesn't seem like such a big...
    Sep 15
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  25. Would You Be Willing to do This?
    But to their patients' disadvantage, since a fatigued nurse is more prone to making mistakes. There are small things in dialysis, things like forgetting to clamp a CVC port or grabbing the wrong...
    Sep 14
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety


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