I am graduating in the next month and I feel my heart lies in the field of hospice. I am getting mixed reveiws on the subject especially by teachers, who say that it is a waste of my skills and to get at least a year of med-surg experience first. I feel that med-surg is a waste of my skills in the fact that I have a gift of connection with my patients and I love the psychosocial aspect of nursing, not just the skills.
My question is: what do the experienced hospice nurses feel about his topic? Did you work in a hospital first? Do you feel that working in the hospital fist is imperative before working in hospice? I guess I am just looking for a little advice on the pros and cons of going into the field of hospice right out of nursing school.
May 11, '09
Went into home based hospice 6 months after graduation but had worked on a busy med surg floor as a student nurse for a year then 6 months as a graduate nurse. Would I do it again----probably not. I had a lot of life experience even prior to starting nursing school at 30 so I dove in head first. I probably wouldn't have done it at a younger age and agree with the above about the psych experience. Definitely, you need to have some significant life experience or some psych experience, if at all possible. Death is one of the biggest stressors of the family unit and people tend to do strange things that they wouldn't ever THINK of doing at any other time in their life. It takes a lot of composure, compassion and sometimes some quick thinking on your feet. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!!!!!
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