Hospice Nursing?

  1. Is there anyone here who has switched to Hospice Nursing and can give me advice? I have been working as an RN on A stepdown Med/Surg unit for a year and really like bedside nursing but I am tired of all the "Politics" involved in nursing. I love bonding with my patients, realize the importance of continuity of care and holistic nursing practice. I really try to hard to do that on our floor but unfortunately with the pace and multiple physicians and orders, it is becoming hard to manange. When you're missing bedbaths and timed medications and your charting is three or four hours behind something's wrong. Yes, some nurses can do this but i have learned pt's suffer. It's either safe nursing care or charting for our floor. I truly love my job but I guess I'm just tired of all the nonsense and unsupportive nature of our industry. I am also tired of having to apologize to pt's and family members for my lack of "promptness" and always having to explain myself with no backup from administration. Thanks for letting me vent!! God Bless Princess RN
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  3. by   tbinghamlpn
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    Is there anyone here who has switched to Hospice Nursing and can give me advice? I have been working as an RN on A stepdown Med/Surg unit for a year and really like bedside nursing but I am tired of all the "Politics" involved in nursing. I love bonding with my patients, realize the importance of continuity of care and holistic nursing practice. I really try to hard to do that on our floor but unfortunately with the pace and multiple physicians and orders, it is becoming hard to manange. When you're missing bedbaths and timed medications and your charting is three or four hours behind something's wrong. Yes, some nurses can do this but i have learned pt's suffer. It's either safe nursing care or charting for our floor. I truly love my job but I guess I'm just tired of all the nonsense and unsupportive nature of our industry. I am also tired of having to apologize to pt's and family members for my lack of "promptness" and always having to explain myself with no backup from administration. Thanks for letting me vent!! God Bless Princess RN
    I am a Hospice nurse as well as the office manager of Home Health and hospice. There is still lots of politics even with hospice, you are more relaxed and can adjust your schedule unless you have a death. The dosctors act the same as in the hospital, you know nothing and they know it all. The best thing to do is maybe try in PRN some and see how it goes.
  4. by   RNSUEIA
    I made the switch to hospice 2 years ago and I love it. I work part time for them and part time on a med surg floor so I have lots of variety. I find that in hospice I have much more respect from the MDs. When my pt has a need I call the Doc and tell them what I want to have ordered and 99% of the time they tell me to get my pt what ever they need.
    My greatest job satisfaction comes from taking a pt who is in pain and stressed and the family is stressed to the max and making a huge difference. Try that on a med surg floor.............

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