Any Hospice/Palliative APNs out there?

Specialties Hospice

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I'm curious, as I'm considering becoming an NP specializing in palliative care.

I initially planned to work in telemetry, then CCU, and then become a cardio ACNP. But my last clinical was on a tele floor, and it was pretty boring. I think that cardiology might be a little limiting for me.

Since I have an interest in the psychosocial as well as the medical side of things, I wonder if a field like hospice would be a better fit for me. When I was first looking into nursing programs I was focusing on the closely related fields of oncology, pain management, and palliative care. In fact, one of the main reasons I became a nurse was witnessing the great care and attitude of the hospice nurses who took care of my mom.

Specializes in Med surg, cardiac, case management.

Guess not. ;)

Kabin

897 Posts

It's relatively new. Even then, not sure how they'll fit in at our company yet. Some have inquired and didn't get the warm fuzzy feeling. Maybe more luck in hospitals?

leslie :-D

11,191 Posts

joe, check these out.

http://www.hpna.org

click on "educational services", then "degree programs list".

http://www.promotingexcellence.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3775

good luck!!

leslie

Specializes in L&D, Hospice.

better late then never reply :twocents:

the hospice i work for was looking to hire a NP but guess no one applied- we ended up hiring a second medical director

so go for it and do what your heart desires - sort of : if you build it they will come

:yeah:we never know what all tomorrow may have in store for us

HappyJaxRN

434 Posts

Specializes in Transplant, homecare, hospice.

Hey Joe. Before I became a nurse, I was working as a homecare CNA and I was so impressed by the homecare RN's that I wanted to be just like them. So here I am eons later, an RN with Hospice now. I have gone back to school and my original focus was psychiatric ARNP, which I still may persue, but I would love to be a hospice ARNP as well....I like both fields and I think you would too! Good luck with your decision. :nurse:

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