Nurse Liason

  1. Has anyone ever done this type of job? My hospice is hiring a liason for the local hospital. While I love my job, this would be straight Monday-Friday, 8-4:30. I could actually be home at night with my family. Haven't done that in 9 years. So I would be interested in knowing what the job entails and any thoughts on it.
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    About ShayRN, MSN

    Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 1,082; Likes: 2,526
    Hospice nurse; from US
    Specialty: 18 year(s) of experience in Corrections, Cardiac, Hospice

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  3. by   glasgow3
    Quote from ShayRN
    Has anyone ever done this type of job? My hospice is hiring a liason for the local hospital. While I love my job, this would be straight Monday-Friday, 8-4:30. I could actually be home at night with my family. Haven't done that in 9 years. So I would be interested in knowing what the job entails and any thoughts on it.

    Beware of this type of job. The importance of generating business is often minimized by employers prior to accepting the position. Do not be mislead into thinking that providing good service, accurate/timely evaluations etc will be sufficient----in the vast majority of cases sooner or later (usually sooner) you will need to show that the referrals are increasing or you will be out of a job.

    Sales/marketing positions can be enjoyable when things are going well; there are some definate perks. Just keep in mind that some markets are extremely competitive and you may not be given time to develop relationships before the pressure to produce begins. Or you may be an excellent clinician but not have a sales type personality. Or your employer may have unrealistic growth rate expectations. Investigate!!!
  4. by   mageean
    In my area we provide mental health liaison nurses to the local general hospitals, which helps them to better understand mental health issues (esp Dementia) and supports joint assessments and effective discharge planning etc. additionally we provide education and training to general hospital staff and the service is very well received
  5. by   miko014
    We have a hospice nurse liaison on our unit. Whenever someone consults hospice, she is the one who goes to see the pt/family. She determines if they meet hospice criteria and talks to the pt/family to make sure that hospice is really what they want. She educates them (and a lot of docs) about what hospice does, etc. The one I work with is really good and she seems to love the job. I'm sure that there are pros and cons of a job like this, and that each is different. I would just ask lots of questions at the interview to make sure this is what you want. Even if they offer the job, you don't have to take it. If they are interested in you, maybe you could shadow the person who is leaving for a day to see if this is your cup of tea. Good luck!

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